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East Carolina applies to join Big East

Updated: September 23, 2011, 12:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

East Carolina of Conference USA announced on Wednesday it has applied for membership to the Big East Conference.

"While we have formalized our interest in Big East Conference membership as a viable option, ECU will remain focused on competing at the highest level through the efforts of Conference USA," chancellor Steve Ballard and athletic director Terry Holland said in a statement.

The Big East is regrouping after Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they would depart to join the Atlantic ...

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