The college sports landscape of North Texas is changing yet again.
The leagues had hoped to dissolve and form a new league or merge into one league for the 2013-14 season, but that is now “unlikely” at least for the immediate future, sources said.
CBS 11 Sports has learned that former NBA basketball coach Larry Brown is scheduled to arrive in Dallas on Sunday to interview with SMU for its men’s head basketball coaching vacancy.
Damier Pitts scored 16 points in the second half to help Marshall defeat SMU 74-56 on Wednesday in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.
Neil Watson scored 18 points, Maurice Bolden added 11 and Southern Mississippi beat Southern Methodist 67-60 on Wednesday night.
Damier Pitts scored 20 points and Marshall defeated SMU 73-68 on Saturday.
Alabama-Birmingham held SMU to the lowest scoring output ever in a Conference USA game, defeating the Mustangs 47-28 Wednesday night.
The statement says the new conference will likely include 18-24 schools, be split into divisions and not only have a football championship game, but also semifinal games.
During a stretch of the second half, SMU (10-9, 2-3) connected on only 2 of 18 shots to help Memphis build a double-digit lead.
The Big East has been trying to rebuild as a 12-school football conference since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they would be moving to the ACC and West Virginia announced it was leaving for the Big 12.
“Selfishly, we’re excited to be going to the Dallas/Fort Worth area,” Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. “I think it gives us an opportunity to engage our fan base and the timing couldn’t be better.”
Case Keenum threw for 457 yards and five touchdowns, Patrick Edwards had 181 yards receiving and four scores and No. 8 Houston earned a spot in the Conference USA championship game by beating Tulsa 48-16 on Friday.