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Big East Expansion: Reports Indicate Big East Will Invite Boise State, Three Others

On Friday night, the AP reported that the Big East will invite Boise State, along with Navy, Air Force, and Central Florida to join the conference as they scramble to fill the void left by the departures of Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Boise and the service academies would join as football only members while Central Florida would join for all sports.

Ralph Russo of the Associated Press reported that the invitations could go out next week. In addition to inviting the four new schools, the conference will also increase its exit fee to $10 million.

Via Ralph Russo of the AP:

The Big East plans to invite Boise State, Air Force and Navy as football-only members, and Central Florida to compete in all sports, after it doubles the exit fee for current members to $10 million.

An official in the Big East, speaking on condition of anonymity because the conference had not authorized anyone to speak publicly about its plans, told The Associated Press the invitations could go out as soon as next week.

The story continues to develop as the Big East attempts to keep up with the day-to-day developments of conference realignment. Follow this StoryStream for further updates.

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