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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 CBSSports.com.

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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com.

“That’s the most important factor, the stability of the core membership,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com, 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.
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:27 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Also I dont think that the TV market for Boise would be as big as the Big East thinks, as I dont think the Houston and SMU market would be either.

In Boise St's case, the TV market is not the major attraction.  The Big East needs the quality of the program to bolster the league's power ratings.  Houston and SMU do bring the BE access to the DFW and Houston media markets.  Sure, those programs won't turn on TV sets like UT and A&M will, but they do bring access.  The BE will just have to set schedules to avoid playing at the same time as Texas, A&M and TCU.


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Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:24 am
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:18 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

The SEC is the only conference that wins national championships in football so you should watch your mouth your racist loser


Obamamarxist, out of curiosity, who are you aiming your race card at?  I scanned thru 5 pages of responses looking for a racist comment, and didn't find one. 

BTW, the SEC has certainly been on a roll with 5 straight NC's, but it is not like the SEC has a historical monopoly.  Nor will the SEC be the only conference to win mythical NC's in the future.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:08 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

"why has it taken so long for the big east to do this? the big east should have expanded to 12 when the ACC took BC, VTech and Miami.

ridiculous.....marinatto needs to get the boot."


You do realize that Marinatto has only been Big East Commissioner for a year or so?  If you have to blame someone for the lack of foresight, blame Mike Trangese.




Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:03 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Bye Mizzo, hello BYU and Boise St......lol



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:35 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

We'll see how this plays out.



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:00 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

I get everything being said here and there.  I understand TV markets and such.  The thing I don't understand is why would Boise State would want to accept an invitation to the Big East that would have the significant travel that would ensue.  I mean,  yes Boise has proven they have an excellent football program, but could they maintain that level of competition traveling back and forth coast to coast say for back to back away games?  Also I dont think that the TV market for Boise would be as big as the Big East thinks, as I dont think the Houston and SMU market would be either.  They would have huge hurdles to overcome to get viewers away from the Big Boys like OU, Texas, Nebraska and the Cali schools.  I think with the BE in the situation they are in need to look for sure fire canidates, that would make the long term commitment to the conference such as the likes of Temple and ECU.  I like the UCF addition and feel the BE would benefit greatly and build the conference back up to where they would like it to be by adding schools that would create new east coast rivalries as well as allowing them to maintain their already created rivalries outside the conference. ECU has one of the biggest followings in the nation among all non bcs qualifying conference schools and leads this same group in home attendance most years.  Take a shot with the smaller more committed schools and build the core and the conference will once again stem from this. 



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:19 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

While I get it...The BE is in deep trouble, if you're going to invite Navy and Air Force, you need to invite Army.  I know, I know...but it's the right thing to do.
Why?  Army has said they are not interested in joining a conference at this time two weeks ago.  Unless something has changed, I think that takes them out of consideration.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:51 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

While I get it...The BE is in deep trouble, if you're going to invite Navy and Air Force, you need to invite Army.  I know, I know...but it's the right thing to do.  Leaving Army as an independent is silly.  Army Football will get better.  Heck, they  may even win the Army/Navy game this year!



Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:44 am
 

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

He didn't say that.
The article did.  Must be a misprint.


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