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Following the Big East Shell Game

Here's how the Big East conference enrollment has changed through the years for men's basketball.

Following the Big East Shell Game

We've loved the Big East conference for basketball since its inception, but it's been getting harder and harder to remember who is in or out when it comes to hoops.

By the time the 2013-14 season tips off, at least 23 colleges will be able to say they have played Big East basketball. And that doesn't even include Temple if it decides to join the mix in the next 15 minutes or so. Ugh!

Below are the original school in the conference and moves made to the men's basketball version of the league (*timing tentative):

 Season  Original Members
 1979-80
 Boston College, Connecticut, Georgetown,
 Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, Syracuse
 Season  Additions  Subtractions
 1980-81  Villanova  —
 1982-83  Pittsburgh  —
 1991-92  Miami (Fla.)  —
 1995-96  Notre Dame, Rutgers, West Virginia     —
 2000-01  Virginia Tech  —
 2004-05  —  Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech   
 2005-06
 Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville,
 Marquette, South Florida
 Boston College
 2012-13    —  *Pittsburgh, *Syracuse, West Virginia 
 2013-14
 Central Florida, Houston,
 Memphis, Southern Methodist 
  —
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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