Six-pack? Big East says it may go to 12 for football
Are the floodgates about to open for Big East football expansion? After seeing its football membership dwindle to just six schools, the Big East presidents and chancellors held another teleconference Monday morning, issuing a statement afterwards to say that they're considering a model that would have 12 football-playing schools.
That would mean adding six new members in football -- the latest wrinkle, reported Sunday by the Boston Globe, was that Boise State was being courted as a football-only addition. The Broncos join the usual cast of potential additions -- Navy and Air Force, Temple, Central Florida and Houston, as well as Villanova, which plays I-AA football right now.
Moving to 12 would bring a potential conference championship game into play and would better insulate the conference against any additional schools leaving for other conferences. Many of the football additions may be for football only -- with 14 programs already lined up for basketball, it's possible the Big East would add only two all-sports members to bring the basketball count back to a relatively manageable 16.