Big East Expansion: No Villanova Decision Expected At Spring Meetings

So Big East representatives are getting together for the annual Spring meetings this week. Much is sure to be discussed including a new television deal. But while football expansion will also be a big part of the discussion, one thing you cannot expect is a final decision on Villanova or any other team for that matter:

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The conference won't divulge its official agenda, and commissioner John Marinatto has a gag order on expansion talk. But league sources confirmed the obvious: expansion will be a hot topic. However, expect it to be more of a matter of discussion than actual action, because school presidents -- who have the ultimate say on such matters -- won't be in Florida for the meetings.

"It's not even possible for there to be any decisions made on expansion next week," said Nick Carparelli, the Big East's associate commissioner for football.

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That shouldn't come as much of a surprise, since the conference was expected to take its time after not admitting Villanova. This could be drawn out for a while longer as the conference looks to wait until it's absolutely sure about bringing in new schools for football.

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