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Boise St. Joins Big West In Non-Football Sports

Boise St. has announced that it will join the Big West for all non-football sports, finishing up conference realignment for the Broncos. They had previously announced that they would become a football member of the Big East. The conference changes will go into effect in the fall of 2013.

When Boise St. announced that they would be be leaving the Mountain West to play football in the Big East, the Mountain West said that the Broncos could not keep the remainder of their sports in the conference. That led them to search for another conference to compete in and the most likely candidate, the Big West, has proven to be the right fit.

This is not the first time that the Big West, which does not compete in football, has taken advantage of realignment to grow their conference. The conference added Hawaii for 2012 and San Diego St. will join the Big West with Boise St. in 2013.

The Broncos will play men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and women’s volleyball in the Big West.

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Conference Realignment: Boise St. Leaves Mountain West For Big East After Much Hemming And Hawing

Despite being announced as a member of the Big East months ago, the Boise St. Broncos had until June 30 to officially withdraw from the Mountain West Conference. After much speculation and consternation about the decision, the university informed in writing the conference and the teams in the conference that they are no longer a member of the Mountain West, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The letter arrived ahead of a midnight Saturday deadline for Boise State to notify the MWC of whether the school intended to follow through on its plan to leave the conference after the 2012-13 academic year - primarily for the football team to move to the Big East Conference.

The Broncos, however, have yet to find a home for its Olympic sports starting in 2013. The Big West is the most likely of destinations, and has been speculated for months, but no announcement or agreement has been made.

For now, the Broncos and the San Diego St. Aztecs will be the newest members of the Big East in 2013 after departing the Mountain West.

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Conference Realignment: Boise St. Yet To Withdraw From Mountain West As Deadline Looms

If Boise State doesn't officially withdraw from the Mountain West by July 1, the school could owe the conference up to $24 million. That's according to the latest report from CBS Sports, which has the Broncos wary of withdrawing from the Mountain West due to the uncertainly surrounding the future of their non-football sports.

Related: Boise State's Non-Football Sports Are In The Fate Of The Big West

Boise State announced it would join the Big East as a football-only school in 2013 over six months ago. The school is set to have its other sports compete in the Western Athletic Conference, but the WAC has been torn apart by recent deflections that has left the conference with only five members in 2013.

If Boise State withdraws from the Mountain West by July 1, the school will only have to forfeit their final year's worth of league revenue, which is about $2.4 million. Here's CBS' explanation of how that number could go up if the university waits until after July 1:

Mountain West by-laws indicate if a school leaves with less than one year's notice -- which would happen if Boise State waits to officially withdraw after July 1 -- the school must forfeit its final year of league revenue plus pay an additional $5 million or double its final year of league revenue, whichever amount is larger. In that scenario, Boise State would lose a minimum of $7.5 million.

However, that number could triple if the Mountain West receives an exemption as a BCS automatic qualifying conference for the 2012 season. If the league receives the AQ exemption and Boise State wins the MWC in 2012 and earns the BCS bowl berth, it would forfeit a minimum of $8 million in league revenue and have to pay $16 million to the league, losing a total of about $24 million.

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Boise State's Non-Football Sports Are In The Fate Of The Big West

On the football side of things the Boise St. Broncos have said they are moving forward and will go to the Big East for football-only starting in 2013 -- even though they have not officially withdrawn from the Mountain West -- even though their non-football sports home is still undecided.

The WAC was supposed to be a soft landing spot for Boise State's other sports, but with their league being ripped to shreds and down to a handful of teams. Which makes the WAC's future in doubt even as a non-football league.

The next step taken was to talk to the Big West where they could possibly join the San Diego St. Aztecs in tandem. Well, the Big West is known as the California Bus League where all teams were within a decent bus drive. Hawai'i will join the league in 2013 and add to that travel, and adding Boise State adds another layer of costs to that league.

Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell sent out a new member assessment kit to Boise State in mid-May, but they have not said anything about Boise State being accepted or rejected from their conference.

In a recent report by KBOI n Boise, assistant athletic director of Media Relations Max Corbet released a statement that must have Boise State fans worried about the school's athletic future:

"We have visited with the Big West about the future of our non-football programs and it is in their hands."

Depending on what happens to Boise State's non-football sports it could change the conference where the football team ends up. Boise State could ultimately have to stay in the Mountain West for all sports if they can not find a home for their non-football sports.

Boise State has until June 30 to formally withdraw from the Mountain West, and if they do not have an answer from the Big West at that time it will be an extreme gamble if they continue with their plan to join the Big East without knowing the future of their other sports.

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Big East TV Deal Could Be Way Less Than Expected

One of the main reasons that the Boise St. Broncos decided to leave the Mountain West and head to the Big East was due to the expected significant increase in revenue for being in a better league.

When Boise State first decided to join the Big East, the projected revenue was between $6 - $10 million per year. That amount was based off of the deal that the Big East rejected from ESPN last year which was a $130 million deal. The reasoning was that the Big East assumed that they could get more money due to what other conferences were getting at the time.

Well, the Big East may have overplayed their hand just a bit, because CBS Sports is reporting that the next Big East media rights deal could be worth about half of what they were offered last year:

Based on a future 14-member football league (in 2015, the Big East adds Navy as a football-only member and has plans to add a 14th school, preferably Air Force or BYU) and an 18-member basketball league, the media rights deal would be worth the following amounts per school annually:

A $60 million deal per year (as speculated by CBSSports.com's sources, slightly better than their low end) would be worth $4 million each for the 10 full members; $3 million each to the four football-only members; and $1 million each to the eight non-football members.

A $130 million deal per year (as speculated by Pilson a former CBS Sports president) would be worth $8.66 million each for the 10 full members; $6.5 million each for the four football-only members (Boise State, San Diego State, Navy and TBA); and $2.16 million each for the eight non-football members.

The reason for the drop is due to the Big East losing TCU, West Virginia, Pitt and Syracuse; then there is Louisville and Connecticut who are openly wanting to leave the Big East. Plus, the league as a whole is on unstable ground regarding their future.

The $3 million per year that Boise State could possibly receive is just over $1 million from what they currently earn from the Mountain West. Add in a handful of East Coast trips and that extra boost in revenue may not be worth changing leagues. That is of course assuming the Big East is paid on the low end of the scale.

It is starting to look like the move to the Big East for Boise State may not be as financial rewarding as they initially thought.

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Conference Realignment Rumors: Air Force Still Thought Of As Potential Big East Recruit

Conference realignment will never die. The Air Force Falcons are still a member of the Mountain West Conference and, according many accounts, committed to it for the long-term. However, a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer has the Falcons pegged as potential recruit:

The conference is expected to grow to 14 teams in 2015. That's when Navy joins for football only. Brigham Young or Air Force is expected to join Navy, according to multiple sources at the spring meetings.

Obviously, the first step in Air Force actually joining the Big East would be to say so. That isn't appearing on the horizon right now. And then there are other issues for Air Force to deal with. Chief among them would be the search for a new conference for the Olympic sports. Air Force, when it flirted earlier with the Big East, was reported as just being a football-only member, and there's nothing likely to change that if this wound up happening.

BYU would seem to be a better candidate since it is already a football independent and has a conference for its Olympic sports.

Still, at this point we're just talking about rumors again.

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Conference Realignment: Mountain West Offered Proportional Revenue Sharing To Boise State, According To CSU AD Jack Graham

While Boise St. Broncos athletic director Mark Coyle won't admit that he discussed staying in the Mountain West, more evidence continues to point that Coyle's just obfuscating everyone. New Colorado St. Rams athletic director Jack Graham recently said that the Mountain West offered to Boise State a proportional revenue sharing plan to stay in the league rather than the current equal-split plan. But that offer is now off the table, according to the Coloradoan:

"We also knew that in providing them with a set of terms that we were putting ourselves at risk that they would use our terms to get more favorable terms from the Big East or another conference," Graham said Tuesday evening. "So we made it clear it was a one-time offer, that they needed to understand that it was a one-time offer, and the Mountain West Conference is moving on."

As it looks right now, Boise State still sees more money coming in as a member of the Big East than staying in the Mountain West, even under the proportional revenue sharing plan. While Boise's successful football program would help the school bring in more money than other members of the Mountain West, the Big East's potential TV deal, whenever that comes out, could provide more.

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Big East Expansion: Boise State A.D. Denies Meeting With Mountain West To Discuss Possibility Of Staying

While meeting with media members at the Big East Conference meetings in Florida, Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle denied that any meetings with the Mountain West about staying had happened.

On whether Boise State has had conversations with the Mountain West about staying?: "No. I attended MWC meetings a few weeks ago. We’re in that transitional year. Again, we want to continue to evaluate the landscape and make the best long-term decision for our program."

However, a statement from the MWC says otherwise:

"We had in-depth discussions with Boise State and made a very favorable proposal, but BSU has decided to continue with its plan to move to various other conferences. We are excited about the continued development of our membership configuration going forward and will proceed aggressively with our plans for future success."


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Related: Big East Expansion: Boise State Decides To Stick With Conference Move, According To Report

Boise State is expected to join the Big East as a football-only member in 2013.

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Big East Expansion: Boise State Decides To Stick With Conference Move, According To Report

The Boise St. Broncos have settled on staying in the Big East for football after some thought was given to going back to the Mountain West. According to CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy:

The Broncos had several recent discussions with MWC reps about staying in the Mountain West, sources told CBSSports.com. Boise State officials wanted to finalize the decision this week because they didn't want to attend the Big East's meetings, which start Sunday, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., if they weren't going to join the league.

The Broncos have one more year left in the Mountain West before becoming a football-only member of the Big East in 2013. At that point, the Broncos should have a conference affiliation for its Olympic sports, with the Big West looking like the best option right now.

Conference realignment is far from dead.

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Big East Expansion: Temple Cancels Meeting That Reportedly Would Discuss Moving Owls Athletics

Not so fast on a new round of Big East expansion. It's a phrase we've become used to since the fall when the Big East looked to be dead, went hunting and had some hits and misses when it picked up new teams. This time, Temple Owls have canceled a Wednesday meeting that was expected to discuss moving all Owls athletic programs to the Big East in 2012, reports the Temple News.

The Owls currently compete in the Mid-American Conference as a football team and in the Atlantic 10 for the rest of its sports programs. As the Temple News reports, the university would need to pay nearly $5 million in exit fees to those two conferences if it wanted to leave the conference this summer.

The Boise St. Broncos had been the previous school that attempted to join the Big East early, but the $5 million exit fee for the Mountain West made that an impossibility. The Broncos will stick it out for one more season before joining in 2013.

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Big East Expansion: Temple's Decision May Come On Wednesday

The Temple Owls might be the newest member of the Big East by Wednesday afternoon if a conference call by the Board of Trustees approves the move, according to Michael Bradley of CSN Philly. The Owls, who were football members of the Big East through 2004, have been a target of both the Big East and the Conference USA-Mountain West league that will begin in 2013.

However, the Big East is looking for a new member this fall because the West Virginia Mountaineers successfully left the league early and will join the Big 12 on July 1. The scheduling gap for the upcoming football season could use a Temple football program that has turned things around while being a MAC school, winning nine games this season.

The Owls, though, would join the league as a full member, leaving the Atlantic 10 basketball conference. If the Owls accept, they will join the Big East ahead of the 2013 rush that will include the Boise St. Broncos and the San Diego St. Aztecs, both currently part of the Mountain West.

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BIg East Expansion: Temple Could Move Back To Conference In 2012, According To Report

The Big East is still prowling for more members, and while it does have a healthy dose of new schools entering in 2013 and beyond, the conference is short West Virginia this season since that university left for the Big 12. Enter the Temple Owls as a possible all-sports member in 2012, reports the New York Times' Pete Thamel.

Temple had previously been a member of the Big East in football until 2004, kicked out due to persistent failure. Its basketball team plays in the Atlantic 10, but the move to the Big East would add a solid basketball program to an already strong conference. The Owls, in football, have also turned things around by winning at least eight games in each of the last three seasons (nine in 2009 and 2011).

This would likely indicate that the Big East and Boise State won't have an early marriage and will wait until the previously scheduled 2013 date, avoiding the Mountain West exit fee that would come with a 2012 departure.

Of course, this could be all for naught if the Temple accepts the Conference USA-Mountain West league invitation.

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Big East Expansion: Boise State Still Could Join Conference In 2012, According To Report

According to CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy, there is a chance that the Boise State Broncos will join the Big East in 2012.

"The Big East has been pushing them ‘quietly’ to join for 2012," a source said. "The WAC has had to rearrange lots of [its Olympic sports] schedules [in anticipation of the possible move]."

If the Broncos don't end up joining in time for the 2012 football season, they'll join the Big East in 2013 along with the rest of the league's new additions.

Related: Boise State's Big East schedule looking strangely WAC-like

With West Virginia most likely leaving for the Big 12 in time for next season, the Big East will need a team to fill that void, which is something that could be working in Boise State's favor.

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Big East Expansion: Memphis Tigers Officially Announced As Member Starting In 2013

Just one day after it was leaked that the Big East would add a new member, the conference announced that, indeed, the Memphis Tigers will be the newest member of the Big East. Memphis will join the conference as a full member starting in the 2013-2014 athletic season. The conference now has 12 football members and 17 full members.

According to the press release, the Big East has 13 schools inside the top 30 television markets and 17 in the top 50. Adding Memphis adds a market in the Tennessee area. With the addition of several Midwest, Mountain and West teams, the Big East spans from coast to coast.

When the 2015 season begins, the Big East will include Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida as teams currently in the conference. Boise State and San Diego State join as football-only members in 2013 while Central Florida, Houston, Memphis and SMU join that fall as full members. Navy gives up its independent status in football in 2015 to make it 12 teams.

Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia will all leave over the next several years if not sooner.

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Big East Expansion 2012: Memphis Tigers Will Join Conference In 2013, According To Report

The demise of the Big East as a football conference clearly never came true, but its latest addition to the conference doesn't blow the covers off anyone. The Memphis Tigers are close to joining the Big East, reports CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy. The school has declined to comment on this news, but an announcement could come this week.

Memphis would be the fourth Conference USA team leaving for the Big East in 2013, along with Houston, SMU and Central Florida. Boise State and San Diego State are slated to join as football-only members in 2013 as well. Navy will give up its independent status as a football team starting in the 2015-2016.

The Big East is losing Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC in a couple of years (if not earlier) and West Virginia is battling its way to leaving for this coming fall. TCU was set to join the Big East in 2012, but it bolted for the Big 12 during the fall.

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Big East Expansion: Boise State 'Under Pressure' To Join In 2012, Air Force Move A Question Of When, According To Report

The craziness of the 2012 National Signing Day event is now over, but apparently the pandemonium associated with massive conference realignment in NCAA football is just beginning. Back in December, the Big East Conference formally announced the addition of five schools to its ranks: the Boise St. Broncos, Houston Cougars, Central Florida Knights, San Diego St. Aztecs and SMU Mustangs. Then in January, the Navy Midshipmen announced they will join the conference as a football-only entity in 2015. Although Boise State is scheduled to join as a football-only member in 2013, Jon Wilner of Mercury News is reporting that the Big East is pushing hard for the Broncos to join in 2012 to offset the loss of West Virginia, and that the Air Force Falcons may also join the conference in the future. Here is the exact tweet:

The pursuit of Air Force has been noted on this site before, but the timetable for a decision or announcement remains unclear. As for Boise State, the sudden and immediate move to the Big East could be very difficult to pull off, considering that schedules have been set long in advance, but the situation certainly merits a close look.

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Big East Expansion: Navy Football Will Join In 2015

College football conference realignment isn't over quite yet. On Tuesday, the Navy Midshipmen will announce that the school is joining the Big East as a football-only entity in 2015, reports CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy. This comes over a month after it was announced that the Boise St. Broncos, the San Diego St. Aztecs, the UCF Knights, the Houston Cougars and the SMU Mustangs will join the league in 2013 (the former two as football-only members).

For Navy, this ends 130 years as playing as an independent in football. They play other sports as members of the Patriot League. While remaining there for the other sports, Navy will become the 11th member of the Big East in 2015.

The Air Force Falcons had been targeted by the Big East during last year's expansion but decided to stay with the Mountain West. But, of course, people are already speculating that something could change.

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Big East Expansion To Happen On Wednesday, Include Boise State, According To Report

It appears that Big East expansion will finally come on Wednesday. The conference is expected to announce the additions of the Boise St. Broncos, the Houston Cougars, the Central Florida Knights, the San Diego St. Aztecs and the SMU Mustangs, according to Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports.

We've heard this all before, but this time is seems like it will really happen. However, this initial announcement will include just five teams. With BYU out of the picture a couple of weeks ago, it now appears that the Air Force Falcons and the Navy Midshipmen are still in the picture. However, the Falcons are still determining its future course of action and Navy might not want to give up its Independent status in football.

Boise State is expected to join as a football-only member in 2013.

The Newark Star-Ledger and the Boston Globe also reported this story (h/t to Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman).

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Big East Expansion Finished With BYU, Looks Toward San Diego State, According To Report

It appears that the BYU Cougars are no longer a candidate to join the Big East, reports Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com. Late on Monday night, reports surfaced that BYU was on tenuous ground with the Big East over the negotiations as a result of the school's demand to retain all television rights for its home games. It appears that has led the Big East to look elsewhere for a new member.

On Monday evening, too, reports of the San Diego St. Aztecs being the next target for the Big East also came up. McMurphy also reports that the Aztecs are to be the next team the league will negotiate with. Bringing in San Diego State would help satisfy the Boise St. Broncos' need for a western team to be brought in with them.

Another of McMurphy's sources reports that Air Force will wait until after the regular season is over to decide on its future in the Mountain West or to join the Big East.

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Big East Likely To Turn To San Diego State If BYU Negotiations Fail, According To Report

While the BYU Cougars appear to be the first choice for the Big East in its expansion plans, negotiations have hit a stand still. While the two sides are still negotiating, the Big East does appear to ready to jump to its next choice, the San Diego St. Aztecs, reports Dick Harmon of the Deseret News.

The Aztecs have pretty much been popularly viewed as a choice to be laughed at. Not because it's a poor program -- it's a pretty good one -- but because it's out on the West Coast, stretching what "East" really means. San Diego State did send a packet of information to the Big 12 a couple of months ago, expressing interest in joining the conference before TCU and West Virginia were added.

When the Big East finishes its expansion agenda, it is expected to have a West Division that is made up of teams from Conference USA and the Mountain West.

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BYU Holding Up Big East Expansion, Frustrating Schools, According To Report

Conference realignment in college football has slowed down enormously over the last month, but the Big East certainly wants to expand. It's just a matter of how long it takes the conference to do it. There are conflicting reports over why the BYU Cougars have not been invited to the Big East yet. Either BYU has offered conditions to the Big East that have proven to be unacceptable or BYU has rejected a proposal from the Big East, reports Dick Harmon of the Deseret News. The Salt Lake Tribune also reported on this bump in the negotiations.

Harmon reports (via a Conference USA source) that BYU wanted to control the television right for its home games and to be able to leave the Big East with relative ease should automatic qualifying status be lost or eliminated. This was, again, reportedly, a no-go for the Big East. However, another report that Harmon cites claims BYU and the Big East had a deal in place, but it was rejected. The two sides are still negotiating, either way it seems.

This has apparently frustrated several Conference USA teams and potentially Boise State, which is thinking about moving to the Big East. This sounds a bit like Texas' TV rights issues back when they were flirting with the Pac-12. The Air Force Falcons, meanwhile, are considered a possibility to join the conference, but that is far from certain.

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Big East Expansion: BYU Could Join Soon, Be In West Division With Air Force, Boise State

Big East expansion talks continue to meander on and the latest rumors are the BYU Cougars could announce their acceptance of an invitation to the conference, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The Cougars are expected to be a football-only member of the conference and be part of the West division.

If this reports holds true and the Air Force Falcons and the Boise St. Broncos move from the Mountain West to the Big East, those three teams will make up part of the West division. SMU, Houston and Central Florida would likely complete the six-team division while Navy and the five remaining teams already in the conference would be the East division. UCF is the odd team out here since they are Eastern teams, but it appears Cincinnati and Louisville don't want to move to the West.

We've all heard earlier reports of teams accepting invites or to be on the cusp of doing so and then dragging it out for weeks. Stay tuned.

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Boise State Expects Big East Invite, Plans To Accept

While the Boise St. Broncos have not been officially extended an invitation to the Big East, the school anticipates receiving one and plans on accepting it. The school has asked the State Board of Education (PDF, p 601) to approve such a move when it occurs (h/t to Brian Murphy of Idaho Statesman) by giving Boise State president Bob Kustra the power to do so

Boise State expects to receive $3.7 million in revenue by joining the conference, but it is also a figure that could rise once the Big East renegotiates its television rights. Additionally, the school will not pay the $5 million exit fee since it will notify the Mountain West Conference of its departure more than a year in advance of the 2013 move.

Boise State moved to the Mountain West in 2011 and will now need to find a new conference home for its other sports. The Air Force Falcons are also part of the current Big East expansion rumors, but there is no movement in that direction yet. Air Force, if it left the Mountain West, would also need to find a new conference home for its other sports.

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Conference Realignment: Big East Officially Announces Expansion, Will Invite Air Force, Boise State For Football Only, According To Report

On Tuesday, the Big East announced that it was expanding, but it has not yet publicly revealed which schools have received invitations. According to the Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo, the Air Force Falcons, the Boise St. Broncos and the Navy Midshipmen are three teams expected to receive football-only membership offers. This shouldn't come as any surprise since it has been floating in the ether for the last month or so.

SMU, Houston and Central Florida are expected to be offered full membership in the league, also not a surprise. With five of these six teams part of the Mountain West and Conference USA, these two conferences will now need to rethink how they will make their new super conference work.

The Big East will lose Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC and West Virginia to the Big 12 in the next few years (or sooner if the schools can get out of the 2014 leave date). And TCU was set to join the Big East in 2012 but then defected to the Big 12 weeks ago.

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Conference Realignment: Big East, Air Force Meet To Discuss Relocation

Reports of the Big East demise as a result of conference realignment 2011 have been grossly exaggerated--or just become dormant. On Wednesday, Big East officials met with members of the Air Force Academy to discuss relocating its football program there, reports Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette. No decisions were made and no invitation was extended to the school.

With West Virginia's departure from the Big East to the Big 12 put on hold for the time being, the Big East is attempting to keep itself alive. Air Force and Boise State have been two of the top targets by the Big East for expansion for several weeks, but neither has wanted to commit to anything since the long-term viability of the conference is very much in doubt. The Big East could be in danger of losing its BCS automatic qualifier even if it picks up the two Mountain West schools.

Additionally, as Schwab points out, Air Force is one way or another likely to move its Olympic sports to another conference in order to make them competitive. But for now, Air Force remains in the Mountain West and the eventual super league that will be formed with Conference USA.

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Air Force, Boise State Might Receive Big East Invites Soon, According To Report

Big East expansion plans appear to be going full steam ahead. According to a report from the New York Post, the league will increase its exit fee to $10 million for FBS football schools while remaining at $5 million for non-football and non-FBS teams. Once that happens, the Big East will offer invitations to Air Force, Boise State, Navy and Central Florida, the first three, though, just as football-only members. Houston, SMU and Temple will fill out the other two spots to bring the league to 12 teams.

The exit fee has been a key sticking point for Navy and Air Force, to an extent, because the schools want stability instead of a conference that might fold in a few years. With the addition of Boise State and these other schools, the Big East has a strong chance at retaining its BCS automatic qualifier.

Air Force would still need to find a place for its Olympic sports since the school has already been thinking about moving those programs elsewhere.

Stay tuned, since we've heard these rumors of pending invitations over the last several weeks.

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Conference Realignment: Air Force Will Not Pay $5 Million Exit Fee If They Leave For Big East

Air Force Falcons athletic director Hans Mueh has come out and said that that Air Force will not be paying the $5 million exit fee for leaving the Mountain West after June 30. The exit penalty was put in place when the Utah Utes and BYU Cougars elected to leave the Mountain West to go to the Pac-12 and independent route. Prior to this penalty the Mountain West had no penalty for leaving the league.

Rather than pay that amount Mueh mentions that if Air Force does go to the Big East then it would not be until the 2013-14 academic year. By waiting to move a year later Air Force would only forfeit revenue for that final year and that should be just less than the $5 million penalty -- or pay double the revenue if that is more than the $5 million -- for leaving after the deadline.

Mueh also mentioned that Air Force could still leave to join the Big East for the 2012 year but a move would depend on how much the exit penalty would be. Also it is still worth noting that nothing is official as Air Force and the Big East do not have an agreement to bring Air Force aboard.

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Conference Realignment: Air Force May Receive Big East Invite Soon, According To Report

It appears that Air Force's move to the Big East is gaining steam. Following Sunday's news that the Academy is actively seeking Big East membership, the conference's school officials have authorized commissioner John Marinatto to pursue additional schools for expansion. One possibility mentioned in the previous link is that the Big East will invite the three service academies (Army, Air Force and Navy) to join the conference as football-only members, which makes sense since those teams are members of other conferences in other sports. Air Force is likely to move its other sports to a conference like Missouri Valley.

According to Kelly Whiteside of USA Today, the Big East will make its expansion moves "quickly" and will definitely want to add Air Force and Navy. Army is also a possibility, she suggests, but we'll need to wait on all three.

TCU is expected to accept an invitation to the Big 12 conference before even stepping foot into the Big East, which they had agreed to join last year.

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Air Force Could Be Joining Big East By End Of Week, According To Rick Pitino

The Big East is in the worst shape during this latest round of conference realignment because as of now they currently have only seven football playing members come 2014, so the league needs to act fast to add teams so that they can keep their BCS affiliation. Air Force and Navy to the Big East is the latest topic and it could come to fruition by the end of this week.

The latest news is coming from Louisville Cardinal head coach Rick Pitino who is saying that Air Force, as well as Navy, will be joining the Big East by the end of this week. Pitino also went on to say that he was aware of the reports that the Big East was talking with Navy and Air Force to join prior to Syracuse and Pitt leaving to join the ACC.

So, to hear this from a basketball coach is a bit odd, but it seems that he knows the information on what the Big East is doing regarding adding teams. The Big East does need to act fast so it is just a wait-and-see approach to see if this report is true and if Air Force does decide to leave the Mountain West.

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Big East Is Attempting To Bring On Air Force As A Football-Only Member, According To Report

The Air Force Falcons are becoming quite the popular team within conference realignment, as there have been reports that the Big 12 has interest in Air Force, and yesterday it was reported that the Big East nearly added Air Force. Those plans fell apart when Syracuse and Pitt decided to leave for the ACC. Now the Big East is again attempting to add Air Force and Navy as football-only members, per the Newark Star-Ledger:

The Big East's first move to re-invent itself will be to try to add Navy and Air Force as football-playing members only -- with the hope Army will then join -- with Temple or Villanova as options as well, according to two college officials.

Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because negotiations have not formally started.

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One college official said Air Force and Navy are on board with the idea of joining the Big East for football only...

Assuming Air Force is on board and does join the Big East they still will need a landing spot for their other sports, and before a decision is made it would make sense for them to have a plan in place. Two options that make sense would be to join the WAC or West Coast Conference as non-football members.

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Mountain West Realignment: Air Force, Navy Nearly Joined The Big East

The Big East was blindsided with the news about Pittsburgh and Syracuse being accepted to the ACC; however Big East commissioner John Marinatto was quietly being proactive and reached out to teams before he knew he was going to lose the two flagship programs. Those two schools were to be Navy as a football-only member and then Air Force, per CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy:

No official invitation was extended by the league, but both parties had extensive discussions about Navy joining the league in football only and it very well could have happened in the next couple of weeks, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com.

Besides Navy, the Big East also was targeting Air Force and league sources felt confident both schools would have been Big East members, perhaps within the next year - that is until Pitt and Syracuse announced they were leaving for the ACC.

The name Big East would be a very loose term, as the league would have had teams in the Mountain, Central and Eastern time zones. As of now ,adding Navy and Air Force is not looking like an option that the Big East is going to do, but, rather, they are looking at merging with what is left of the Big 12.

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