We have been down this road before with invites coming to Boise State and Air Force as football-only members as well as Navy, Houston, Central Florida and SMU, but the Big East presidents voted unanimously to expand their league:
Our Presidents voted unanimously to extend invitations to specific institutions, including both football-only and all-sport members to join the BIG EAST Conference. I will be speaking to representatives of those schools shortly and look forward to announcing with them their acceptance into the BIG EAST. The addition of these members will extend our reach, bring us to exciting new markets, strengthen our status within the BCS, and lay the foundation for possible further expansion, all while maintaining the high quality and standards our Conference is known for.
In light of the lawsuit filed by West Virginia yesterday, the Presidents also discussed and confirmed our continuing commitment to enforce the Conference's 27-month notification period for schools choosing to leave. The Conference believes these claims to be wholly without merit and will explore all its legal options to protect its interests and to ensure that West Virginia lives up to its obligations.
So, this is getting close to being official and if all six teams accept the invitation and the Big East holds all outgoing teams to the 27-month agreement then the Big East could have 14 teams for at least two seasons.
The Big East Conference will invite Boise State, Navy and Air Force for football only and SMU, Houston and Central Florida for all sports, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
The conference's member presidents, meeting in Philadelphia, voted unanimously Tuesday to extend invitations to football-only and all-sports members. Commissioner John Marinatto declined to name the schools being targeted.
He did say he expected the targeted schools to accept, but added that there are still details to work out with each institution.
"As we've learned over the last two months, don't believe anything anybody tells you. Nothing's done until it is over," Marinatto said. "So I'm obviously being very cautious and that's why I'm reluctant to say names of schools.
The main sticking point for Boise State to join the Big East as a football-only member is for the league to retain their BCS status, and there have been arguments to why or why not the Big East would retain their automatic BCS spot. It is hard to believe that the Big East can be 100 percent truthful about the Big East's future toward the BCS. Either way the Big East would be lying if they said yes or no if they said that the Big East would keep their bid past the 2013 season.
Now with the invites out we sit back and see who accepts the bids.