San Diego State meeting with Big East; Mountain West talks ongoing

As the Mountain West continues to talk with San Diego State about rejoining the conference, the Big East is prepared to move on with or without the Aztecs.

San Diego State will attend the Big East’s meeting of athletic directors and presidents Friday in Dallas to "hear what is envisioned there," Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said.

After talking with some Big East folks on the matter, there doesn’t seem to be some big sales pitch prepared to keep San Diego State, which was scheduled to join the Big East on July 1 until Boise State opted to return to the MWC on Dec. 31.

If the Aztecs want in, they can stay, and the Big East would like to have them. Otherwise, losing SDSU is not going to break the conference’s future, according to two Big East sources.

After taking several shots in 2012 -- the departure of Louisville, Rutgers and the seven Catholic basketball schools among the greatest hits list -- the Big East is eager to find out "who we are" at the Dallas meeting.

“Feels like the schools we have are ready to put the past behind and move forward as a group," one Big East source said.

In 2014, the league is replacing Louisville and Rutgers with Tulane and East Carolina. Navy joins for football in 2015.

Losing SDSU could prompt the Big East to drop plans of a Western footprint. The membership for 2014 as it stands: Cincinnati, South Florida, UConn, Central Florida, Temple, Memphis, SMU, Houston, East Carolina, Tulane.

Meanwhile, Thompson told Thursday night he’s been talking to SDSU president Elliot Hirshman "probably every day this week" about the dynamics of rejoining the MWC.

A president’s vote is not imminent, Thompson said. Once San Diego State and the Mountain West agree to terms, Thompson must get a three-fourths majority vote of acceptance from his membership.

"I think it’s cracking pretty well," Thompson said. "The devil’s in the details, but no one’s saying, 'No, let's shift gears.' They’ve spoken with CBS, TV consultants, trying to understand the whole TV structure and package."

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