For those who haven’t yet heard, Tulane has jumped from C-USA to the Big East in all sports and East Carolina will join the Big East as a football-only school.
Conference USA has released an official statement from Commissioner Britton Banowsky on the moves, that I wanted to share below.
“We thank East Carolina and charter member Tulane for all their contributions to the league and wish them well. These are unprecedented times in higher education. Notwithstanding the changes, we are excited about our future and we remain committed to our strategic plan – a major market, two-division conference that is student-athlete friendly.
“To be clear, we have several options but no new member agreements have made at this time. We appreciate the support of our members and will immediately begin a presidentially led process to evaluate our future options.”
And how good to those options sound? Raid the Sun Belt? Add Idaho and New Mexico State, stretch the conference’s footprint and force the member schools to stretch their travel budgets even more?
Come back to the blog a little later, and I’ll tell you what I think C-USA should do and why it should do it. I just have to find my tin-foil hat first.