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America 12? What do you think?

Does the name America 12 excite you?

LUIS SANTANA | Times

Does the name America 12 excite you?

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March

Goodbye, Big East. Hello, America 12?

That is the favorite to become the new name of the current Big East Conference’s football schools, ESPN reported. The name America 12 has not officially been approved by the league’s presidents, who reportedly are also considering several other names.

ESPN reported that Covington & Burling, the current Big East Conference’s law firm, purchased and registered the domain name america12.org on Tuesday, according to WhoIs domain-registration data. The firm also registered other variations of America 12 on Tuesday, including America12Conference.com, America12Sports.com, American12.org, American12conference.com, AmericaTwelve.com and TheAmerica12Conference.com.

The seven Catholic basketball schools reportedly are leaving the current Big East on June 30 to start a new conference and keeping the Big East name. That means the football schools, which includes USF, must have a new conference name by July 1.

The Big East football schools are not expected to add a 12th school until 2015, when Navy joins. It is scheduled to have 10 members, including UCF, in 2013, and East Carolina and Tulane will replace departing Louisville and Rutgers the following year.

What do you think of the name America 12? Do you like it, or do you have a better suggestion? Let us know in the "Comments'' area below.

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