A report from inside the Big East Conference says Villanova will not hold a vote tomorrow on whether to move up to Division I-A status and join the Big East for football. There seems to be some concern by several of the BE conference members on the Wildcats' plans use PPL Park, a soccer stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. The 18,500-seat stadium would give the Wildcats the smallest stadium in the conference, and several BE members are relucatant to accept a proposed stadium expansion plan that could increase the seating capacity to 30,000 seats. Villanova had planned to use the small Park for most of its games.
Big East conference members reportedly held a conference call yesterday concerning the Villanova situation. Perhaps the addition of TCU has relieved the urgency of the Big East to add another football powerhouse in order to retain their BCS status. If so, its not just the Villanova board that could vote no on moving the Wildcats up to Division 1-A status, but the Big East could reconsider the informal invitation as well. That move could also lead to another round of expansion talks that might include Central Florida, Memphis, and Houston of Conference USA. Those teams have also expressed desires to move to a BCS conference and come up frequently in BE discussions.