With BYU officially out of the picture for the Big East, the league has begun negotiations with San Diego State about the Aztecs joining the league as a football-only member, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com Saturday night.
On Tuesday, CBSSports.com first reported that the Big East would target San Diego State after the league had decided to “move on” and no longer pursue BYU.The San Diego Tribune first reported Saturday night negotiations had begun between the Big East and San Diego State.
The Big East is talking with the Aztecs because Boise State wants a guarantee of a “Western partner” before joining the league. The Broncos, along with Houston, SMU, UCF and Navy, are all ready to join the Big East, but Boise State is waiting for the Big East to secure a Western partner and Houston, SMU and UCF are waiting to join with Boise State.
Navy has told Boise State, SMU, Houston and UCF it definitely will join, sources said, but are waiting on those schools as well.
Air Force, which remains a football-only target of the Big East, remains undecided.
San Diego State, Boise State and Navy would join as football only members, while SMU, Houston and UCF would be all-sports members. San Diego State and Boise State could place its Olympic sports in the Big West.
None of the new Big East schools would join the league until the 2013 school year, sources told CBSSports.com.