According to various reports, Tulsa University will exit Conference USA next summer for the remnants of the Big East. The Golden Hurricanes join six other schools, UCF, Houston, ECU, SMU, Tulane, and Memphis that will depart C-USA for the soon to be re-named Big East in the next two years.
Tulsa's exit has been long rumored. In a January interview with the Tulsa World, UT President Stedman Upham expressed his desire to align the university's athletics with other private institutions such as SMU and Tulane.
C-USA could move quickly to replace the Golden Hurricanes. It was reported that the league had standing agreements with Western Kentucky and New Mexico State to jump on-board when a spot became available. NMSU announced their move to the Sun Belt Conference earlier this week, leaving WKU as the natural replacement.