Memphis officials have been "in serious talks with the Big East about joining the conference," according to Matt Stark of WHBQ-TV in Memphis.
Stark's report is based on unnamed sources and offers no other details. Earlier this week, a column by Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant suggested that East Carolina had expressed interest in joining the Big East, which has only eight football playing members but a full slate of 16 teams in basketball.
Memphis, like East Carolina, is a member of Conference USA, the league the Big East raided in 2003 after losing Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida were the football playing members of Conference USA that jumped to the Big East.