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Big East Considers Expansion

The Big East suffered another huge blow on Monday when the TCU board of trustees voted unanimously to join the Big 12 in 2012, not the Big East. Now the Big East is scrambling to find new members even more vigorously than they were before the Horned Frogs spurned them; and they were already pretty desperate. According to Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the conference is interested in adding some football exclusive schools like Army, Navy, Air Force, Boise St. and Central Florida.

The Big East said earlier Monday it will engage in formal discussions with several schools and consider "moving to a model that includes 12 football playing schools."

I don't think that is an acceptable substitute. What good is 12 football-playing schools if they aren't very good? I can't imagine the NCAA will want them to remain an automatic qualifier if Central Florida is in the top half of teams in the Conference year in and year out. They might get back to the numbers they want, but the quality almost certainly won't be there.

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