The Providence media (who else) started leaking these rumors recently, and now Brett McMurphy from CBS, who is close with John Marinatto, is now taking the rumors public?
My response? Wait for Tom Luicci to confirm. As we saw with the Villanova rumors, what Providence wants does not always come to pass, because the Big East football teams can choose who they want to play against. Memphis would need 75% of the Big East football teams to agree before they join for football.
Memphis, of course, is horrible at football, and has not been anywhere close to respectable over the past few years. The only way this remotely makes sense is if FedEx doubled their initial offer. For now, fans of competitive Big East football just need to hope that the dolts in Providence are trying to force their will on everyone else through the media again, and that the smart athletic directors like Tim Pernetti are trying to hold their ground.
Pretty much, let's see what the Rutgers leaks are over the next few days. If Luicci are Sargeant say this is a done deal, THEN we're screwed. until then, there is still a flicker of hope.
Update: and McMurphy says it's done.