Big East and San Diego State officials are working on a joint release announcing a mutual agreement to dissolve San Diego State’s agreement to come to the Big East on July 1, 2013 according to sources familiar with the discussions.
At the same time, San Diego State and Mountain West officials are finalizing an agreement which will keep San Diego State and Boise State in the MWC as full time members.
The announcements, barring any last second snags, should be made in the next few days.
The joint statement by the Big East and San Diego State is more cosmetic than anything else, designed to make clear that there was no animosity by either party, just an consensus that the best course for both parties was to go their separate ways.
With the departure of San Diego State, following the decision by Boise State not to join (also this July), the Big East’s “western” strategy has been abandoned.
The current plan is to expand from 8 to 10 teams in football next season season with the addition of Houston, SMU, Memphis and Central Florida to offset the loss of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, who will move to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The 10 teams for 2013 are expected to be: Connecticut, Temple, Rutgers, South Florida, Cincinnati, Memphis, Louisville, Central Florida, SMU and Houston.
In 2014, Louisville (ACC) and Rutgers (Big Ten) most likely will also leave, while Tulane and East Carolina will replace them. There has been some talk that Tulane and East Carolina could speed up the process and join a year earlier, but that is not likely to happen.
Navy is expected to join the conference in football only in 2015. The Big East may target other schools such as Tulsa and Massachusetts in the future, but right now the plan is to stabilize the inventory that currently exists.
In basketball, the Big East is expected to expand to 18 teams for next season with a mixture of old and new members, before the departure of departure in 2014 of the Catholic 7–Seton Hall, Marquette, DePaul, Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s and Villanova, as well as Louisville, Rutgers and Notre Dame (ACC), dramatically changes the configuration again.
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