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:
Source: Boise State under pressure from Big East to join in '12 to offset WVU departure. AF likely to join Navy in BE; question is when.— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) February 2, 2012
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.
Head to SB Nation College Football for more in-depth coverage of the 2011 NCAA college football season.