On February 7, 2012, ESPN.com reported the University of Memphis is close to a deal to join the Big East conference in all sports in 2013. Memphis is currently a member of Conference USA. The Big East, which will soon lose West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, has added Central Florida, Houston, SMU, Navy, San Diego State and Boise State for the coming years. The full story can be found 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.