"Pitino said he has spoken to Villanova coach Jay Wright as well, to gauge if the Wildcats are attempting to block Temple, their Philadelphia Big 5 rival. Pitino is trying to work various sources to convince the Big East to consider Memphis and Temple.
"Everybody thinks SMU can be back in football and Houston is fashionable now," Pitino said, "but we can take them and Memphis and Temple. We have to get to 18 teams and get Boise State and Navy and Air Force in football if they want to commit.
"I'm giving my opinion and the Big East has told me that all my points are valid. We just lost two really important basketball programs in Syracuse and Pitt and maybe a third in West Virginia. We have to make the Big East strong again. Memphis and Temple is what we need right now."