NEW ORLEANS -- The Big East is changing once again.
"The Big East is coming to the Big Easy." With those words Tulane President Scott Cowen confirmed that his school is leaving Conference USA for the Big East. East Carolina will also join the rebuilding Big East for football only in 2014, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
Next year, Boise State will leave the Mountain West Conference for the Big East in football only.
"Boise State welcomes East Carolina and Tulane to the conference as the Big East solidifies its membership with these additions," Boise State president Dr. Robert Kustra said in a released statement. "The Big East is proactively responding to the national changes in conference affiliations, and Boise State remains committed to building and competing in a strong Big East future."
Earlier this month, the Big East announced its conference divisions, but since that time Rutgers announced plans to leave and two new teams have reportedly been added.
Rutgers announced last week that it would leave the Big East for the Big Ten. Rutgers would like to join the Big Ten by 2014, along with Maryland, but the Scarlet Knights face rigid Big East rules governing the exodus of the conference. Big East bylaws require members to give the league notification of two years and three months before departing, but the Big East has negotiated early exits for Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia in the past year.
How this will impact to division alignment is unknown at this point. The Broncos are currently in the west division with San Diego State, Houston, Memphis, SMU, and Temple.