New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - The Big East is reportedly expanding again, set to add Tulane and East Carolina.
It's just the latest news in the altered landscape of college athletics, as last week Maryland and Rutgers revealed plans to join the Big Ten.
Tulane has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon, and NOLA.com has reported the school will announce it is joining the Big East in all sports. SI.com has reported that East Carolina will come aboard as a football-only member.
Both schools are currently part of Conference USA, which is rapidly becoming a feeder league for the ever-changing Big East. Central Florida, Houston, SMU and Memphis have already announced intentions to depart Conference USA for the Big East.
Created mainly as a men's basketball conference in 1979 with Syracuse, Providence, Georgetown, St. John's, Seton Hall, Boston College and Connecticut as original members, the Big East is undergoing a massive overhaul.
Boston College left years ago for the ACC, which also raided previous Big East members Miami-Florida and Virginia Tech, while West Virginia worked out an agreement to leave this year for the Big 12. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are also headed to the ACC next year, while Notre Dame earlier this year announced its intention to leave for the ACC.
Rutgers' departure last week, along with the Notre Dame decision in September, likely spurred the Big East into its latest action.
The Big East, following the announcements by Syracuse and Pittsburgh in the fall of 2011, began its fortification by taking the previous Conference USA members, while adding Boise State, San Diego State and Navy as football-only members. Temple also rejoined the league this year for football and will become an all-sports member next year.