Tulsa set to join league for 2014-15 season

Tulsa has been officially accepted as an all-sports member of the soon-to-be renamed Big East beginning July 1, 2014, the league announced Tuesday.

The addition of the Golden Hurricane gives the conference 11 all-sports members for 2014. Navy joins as a football-only member in 2015, giving the conference 12 football teams and the ability to hold a league championship game.

From the release:

"The addition of The University of Tulsa marks another significant step in building a strong conference," commissioner Mike Aresco said. "In common with our member schools, Tulsa brings a rich academic profile, outstanding and storied athletic programs, and a devoted fan base. Under the leadership of President Steadman Upham, the University will be a valued member of our conference and will make us even more competitive across the collegiate landscape.”

"The University of Tulsa family and friends are extremely excited about this new conference,” said University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham. "TU’s profile as a nationally ranked research university continues to rise alongside the continued successes of our Golden Hurricane athletic program. We welcome the opportunity to align ourselves with institutions that share our commitment to excellence and integrity. Admission into the Conference provides a new avenue for growth as we seek to further engage loyal alumni, prospective students and their families and new TU fans."

"Tulsa is an outstanding new member for our Conference, said USF President Judy Genshaft, chair of the conference executive committee. "Tulsa has high academic and athletic standards that fit well with our member institutions. We enthusiastically welcome Tulsa and President Steadman Upham to the conference."