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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: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:27 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

I'll feel alot better when the ink is dried but if the BigEast pulls this off getting Boise,UCF,Houston,SMU, and the academies that BCS bid isn't going anywhere and with the markets some of these programs bring the new tv contact should be nice n fat as well. With Petersen, Holgorsen, Jones, Sumlin, Oleary, Schiano,Strong,Niumataolo, and Calhoun the coaching core is pretty good too. Why not go for 14 NOW and get ECU and SDSU?

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:21 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Why Notre Dame hasn't step to the plate and join football too. They have had a free ride al this time and it's time to join and save thier BB too.

Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:15 pm


Foot fungus is also "here to stay".  That doesn't make it worth celebrating.

So let me get this right.  The tortured existence of eastern football - dominated by Providence College and Seton Hall (and the other small basketball schools that don't even play football) - has finally come to a horrible end with Pitt, Syracuse and Boston College all moving to a southern conference and UConn and Rutgers desperately trying to do the same.  The few survivors hope to live another day by adding the likes of Air Force and SMU from over a thousand miles away.  We'll never have WVU-Pitt playing for the football title.  We'll never see Syracuse in the BE tournament again.  We'll have SMU-Providence College instead.  And you're celebrating?!?!

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:12 pm

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.

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:04 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Meant West Virginia (not Pittsburgh)

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:03 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

When will the league fire John Marinatto as commissioner.  This guy clearly lacks the leadership skills to guide the Big East through conference realingment.  The Big 12 fired their commissioner and now are poised to further destroy the Big East by taking Louisville, Pittsburgh, or both.  Its a shame that he keeps his job....although by next year he may be looking for a job because the Big East is digging its own grave by it own lack of unity.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:01 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

It looks like Big East football is here to stay! I am very excited about it. I was excited when the ACC got Pitt & Syracuse and I think the addition of all these schools to Big East football is better than sliced cheeze. I for one am very happy that Marinatto and the rest of the BE football members are getting proactive and making this happen.

Long live Big East football! (I really don't care too much for BB, just saying. BE BB isn't in jeopardy anyway.)

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:43 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

So, no U of H?  Interesting...thats the talk down here.  UCF?  Really?

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:43 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

That is utterly stupid.  The Big East is giving the Big 12 time to steal anywheres from one to three teams from the Big East.  Navy has already made it oretty clear that they are concerned about the very survival of the Big East, and is not real happy about losing it's Independent status in Football.  They have a guaranteed bowl bid if they win 6 games.  Air Force is in a good conference, and would be looking at some long away trips.  If the Big 12 decides to make a move to take Louisville and West Virginia tomorrow, the Big East is dead.  The Big East teams that want to leave maneuverd the Big East into a corner with this deal.  If Missouri goes to the SEC, the Big 12's hand is forced, and the Big East is finished.

Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:41 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Air Force and Navy should have lawyers check the fine print about when the new exit fee takes effect.  Louisville will definitely be out before it is increased, and I'm sure UConn wouldn't have voted "yes" if it thought it might actually have to pay it.

So goodbye Louisville, Syracuse and Pitt.  Hello Central Florida, SMU and Houston.  Aren't we all excited by the idea of Providence College vs. SMU basketball?  Seems like a natural rivalry!

Keep on rearranging those decks! 

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