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Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 9:46 pm

The Big East’s presidents and chancellors voted unanimously Monday night to increase the league’s exit fee to $10 million, but the increased fee is contingent on Navy and Air Force joining the league as football only members, sources told

The increase in exit fees from $5 million to $10 million is expected to increase the probability of adding Navy and Air Force as football-only members. Both schools are receptive to joining the Big East, but wanted a bigger financial commitment from the remaining members (Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida and West Virginia).

Sources with knowledge of Monday's teleconference also said that there is no timetable to issue invitations. The Big East previously had indicated a desire to get to 12 football members after losing TCU to the Big 12 and Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC.

Less than an hour before the Big East’s presidents and chancellors held their teleconference Monday night with Commissioner John Marinatto, the New York Times reported Missouri’s departure from the Big 12 to the SEC was “inevitable and imminent.”

That development would have a significant impact on the league, specifically Big East members Louisville and West Virginia, who sources have told are prime candidates to receive a Big 12 invitation if Missouri left. However, all of the Big East’s 14 members still voted unanimously for the increased exit fee Monday night.

Besides Navy and Air Force, the Big East also has had conversations with Boise State about becoming a football-only member and with UCF about joining as an all sports member.

As of Saturday, the Big East “felt confident about their discussions with Boise State,” a college football industry source told

“That’s the most important factor, the stability of the core membership,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told Monday night.

Gladchuk said that the possibility of adding Boise State was significant in Navy’s decision making process. “Absolutely,” Gladchuk said. “Anything that helps stabilize the Big East’s automatic BCS berth.”

Boise State president Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman Saturday the Broncos have notified the Mountain West Conference that it is definitely staying or leaving the league.

“If by some strange chance somebody came to us and said we’d like to invite you to join our conference, I’d have to say, ‘Well, you’ll have to give us time to do our due diligence and really spend the time on it.’ We’re not ready,” Kustra told the Statesman. “I have no idea how fast or slow this whole process is going to move.”

Last week Boise State coach Chris Petersen said he was not concerned about the extra travel that would be required by competing in the Big East.

“For us, it’s not that big of a deal (with) how we travel,” Petersen told the Statesman. “You get on a plane, you charter. You’re in and out. You’re on a plane four hours instead of two. Whatever. All that’s doable.

“Do all the other things make sense? And I think that, don’t kid yourself, these guys (Kustra and interim athletic director Curt Apsey) are all over it. They’re analyzing everything.”

UCF is ready to join the Big East, multiple sources told, and is just awaiting an official invitation to the league.

UCF officials met with Marinatto and other Big East representatives Friday in Cincinnati. “We were very impressed with them,” a league source said. “It went well. I can’t imagine it dragging out too long with them.”

The league also is targeting Houston and SMU as potential all-sports members to get to 12 football members. If the Big East lost any schools to the Big 12 or other conferences, the next likely candidates the Big East would pursue would be Temple and East Carolina.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:50 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

I was reading on another website about how the Big East "plans to keep Syracuse and Pitt for 27 months" according to conference rules. 

The thing is... who's gonna stop them?  Pitt and Syracuse could easily flip the bird to the Big East in May and the Big East wouldn't be able to do anything about it. Good luck keeping two teams that want out in the conference after this year. Especially with more proof on how stupid the commish and Big East management is.  

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:36 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Enriquillo-  I was not dissing Temple.  I just think that they have a lot to prove after so many years of bad football.  Academics are very good too.  Good luck to  the Owls!

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:39 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

"The Big East is like a woman in her late 30's without a man or kids......desperate and willing to settle for anything."
And both are going to end getting phuced. Again and again. By many different partners. Many different ways.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:22 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Big East...the Big Least.  Nobody in this conference can beat the elites from the Big 10, Pac whatever # now, South West or the SEC.  Boise State would be advised to align itself with the Pac 10 or south West otherwise their schedule will not allow them the power rankings under the current BCS system to contend for a National title.  Exit won't hold up in court so good luck with that Big Least!

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:03 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

The Big East is like a woman in her late 30's without a man or kids......desperate and willing to settle for anything.

Other than Boise, none of the schools being mentioned will help keep an AQ BCS bid.  The SEC should get atleast two automatic bids, one for each division winner.  A division winner of the SEC will be much more deserving of a BCS bid than the crappy Big East.

Even the winner of the CUSA/MWC "champ of champ" game would be more deserving than the winner of this proposed teams within Big Eastt (except Boise)

I hope the Big 12 takes L'Ville and West V. and put this crappy conference out to the pasteure to die.  

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:34 am
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Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:26 am

Big East fee increase DEPENDS on these 4 schools

Another inaccurate report.

The Big East informed four schools (Boise State, Air Force, Houston, SMU) that IF all four agree to join the Big East then the remaining schools would agree to an increase in the exit fee from $5 million to the $10 million range to show a commitment to the incoming schools.  

Not just or only Air Force and Navy as the title of this article mentions, yet doens't refer to it in the text.   Doesn't McMurphy and Dodds have an Editor?

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:21 am

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

The Big East isn't going to exist for football in a few years. With Missouri leaving for the SEC, the Big 12 will have to expand, and other then BYU and Boise, the Big East schools will be the likely targets. Cincinatti and Louisville are probables with the possibility of W. Virginia if they decide to go to 14 like the SEC and ACC. The conference realignment isn't close to being done and the Big East schools are being targeted.

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:36 am

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

I agree completely with ecupiracy.  Aside from the branding issue the BE is having with teams from all over (perhaps a new league name like the Big Continent is coming), its thinking only in survival mode rather than strategic long term stability.  Other east coast or east close teams like UCF (a good FL market team), ECU, Temple are options for expansion to have a robust athletic commitment for the long term and could participate in other sports (not just football).  While Navy, AFA, Boise St. are great football additions (not opposed to adding them for the short term benefit of BE) why not try to also look longterm?  What benefit does any of those teams have if their football team has a few bad seasons or comes under NCAA scrutiny?  I still think UConn will bolt for the ACC asap and will lead the BE to merge with Conf. USA.

Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:35 am

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

West Virginia or Louisville--if invited to the Big 12--should leave the Big East at the drop of a hat.
The Big East is no longer a BCS level conference. It's an 'elevated CUSA' league now.

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