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College Sports, Division I, Education

NCAA Division I Conference Realignment Update: Big East adds 5 Members

ESPN.com reported that the Big East Conference is set to announce Boise State, San Diego State, Southern Methodist University, Central Florida and Houston as its newest members. The Big East Conference has been seeking new institutions following the departure of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, TCU and West Virginia in the last few months. These departures left the Big East with only five members who had football programs.

Boise State and San Diego State, who currently play in the Mountain West Conference will enter the league as football-only members, while Houston, Southern Methodist University and Central Florida, who currently play in Conference USA, will join the Big East for all sports.

The full story can be read here.

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm has advised, and continues to recommend, NCAA member institutions conduct annual discussions (among all significant decision makers and stakeholders) on the short- and long-term strategic and tactical needs of the athletics department in several areas, including, but not limited to, competitive success and program development. The implementation of any strategies and tactics in the areas of competitive success and program development may involve or require changes in conference membership. Colleges and universities should be ready to make immediate decisions on conference membership that adheres to a strategic plan if another round of conference re-alignment occurs in the next five years.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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