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Big East Will Consider Adding 6 New Football Schools To Conference

The Big East is hurting real bad right now, they lost Pitt and Syracuse a few weeks ago, and now TCU is leaving the Conference for the Big 12 before every playing the game as a member. But the Conference isn't complacent at just being a six-team Football entity, and you have to imagine that the Schools in the Conference wouldn't be comfortable with that either. According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times, the Big East is looking to expand in Football, and they're considering the usual suspects.

That would mean adding six new members in football -- the latest wrinkle, reported Sunday by the Boston Globe, was that Boise State was being courted as a football-only addition. The Broncos join the usual cast of potential additions -- Navy and Air Force, Temple, Central Florida and Houston, as well as Villanova, which plays I-AA football right now.

That sounds all well and good, but our South Florida blog Voodoo Five points out that things might not be that easy.

One big thing to note is that the conference just can't add 6 football-only schools. The Bylaw Blog tweeted last night that the Big East has to have eight full members playing eight women's and six men's sports within the Big East in order to compete in FBS football. This will give schools like Temple, ECU, and UCF (or even Villanova!) a chance to grab at least two of the six spots.

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