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Conference Realignment: Air Force Is Staying In Mountain West Conference

The Air Force Falcons were rumored to be one of the next additions to be Big East Conference, but Lt. Gen. Mike Gould told Bryan D. Fischer of The Gazette that Air Force will officially be remaining in the Mountain West Conference going forward. That ends the speculation that the school, along with Navy, could be making a football-only jump to the Big East by 2013.

The Big East announced on Wednesday that Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, Central Florida and SMU would be joining the conference in 2013, pushing the team's football membership to ten. The conference is still apparently trying to expand, which explains why they targeted Air Force and Navy as football schools. At this point, though, it seems like Air Force may stay where they are and Navy may retain independent status.

Head to SB Nation College Football for more in-depth coverage of the 2011 NCAA college football season.