Greenville, NC (Sports Network) - East Carolina has accepted an invitation to join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference in all sports, beginning July 1, 2014.
ECU had already accepted a bid late last year to join the Big East as a football-only member in 2014.
"I am very pleased that East Carolina University will become an all-sports member when they enter the conference in 2014," Big East commissioner Mike Aresco said. "ECU is a valuable addition to our conference. They have forward- looking leadership under Chancellor Steve Ballard and an outstanding and well- rounded athletic program. Their men's and women's basketball teams have enjoyed excellent seasons and their Olympic sports are strong. East Carolina being made an all-sports member is another important step in strengthening our conference."
Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the conference will consist of the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University and Tulane University. The U.S. Naval Academy will become a football-only member in 2015.
East Carolina competes in 19 intercollegiate sports.