The American Athletic Conference will announce on Thursday the creation of the Miami Beach Bowl to be played at Marlins Park starting in 2014, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
Tulsa will join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference in 2014, while East Carolina will be added as a full member, sources told ESPN.
ESPN has until Thursday to match NBC Sports Network's seven-year, $20-$23 million per year offer to retain the Big East's media rights, league sources told ESPN.
East Carolina defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell, who also was the Pirates' secondary coach, was fired Thursday.
When Syracuse announced last year it was leaving the Big East for the ACC, former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said it "ripped out the heart" of the league's seven Catholic basketball schools.
The seven Catholic schools in the Big East have agreed to leave the conference, but Georgetown is not on board with the process of departure, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Tulane joined the Big East in all sports on Tuesday, becoming the latest addition to the rapidly rebuilding conference. East Carolina also is headed to the Big East as a football-only member. Both schools will join the league in 2014.