"NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference announced that five institutions have accepted invitations for membership into the league. Those schools are: University of Cincinnati, DePaul University, University of Louisville, Marquette University, and the University of South Florida. The additions were authorized by a vote of the league’s Presidents.
"All five universities, which currently compete in Conference USA, will begin BIG EAST Conference play in the 2005-06 academic year...
"In 2005-06, The BIG EAST Conference will include: University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, DePaul University, Georgetown University, University of Louisville, Marquette University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, Providence College, Rutgers University, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, University of South Florida, Syracuse University, Villanova University, West Virginia University."
(from Big East Press release emailed to Georgetown Alumni)