On November 27, 2012, SI.com reported the Big East Conference will add two new members beginning in 2014. Tulane University will join the league in all sports while East Carolina University will join the league as a football-only member.
The move comes only two weeks after the Big East had announced two six-team divisions and a conference championship game in football. Since that time, Rutgers has announced it will join the Big Ten and reports have surfaced that Boise State University and San Diego State University are considering a return to the Mountain West Conference.
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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