The Big East conference is looking to ”aggressively pursue” expansion according to commissioner John Marinatto after a five hour meeting with league presidents on Sunday. It was the first time that the league presidents have met since Pitt and Syracuse announced on September 16th that they will leave the Big East to the ACC.
Marinatto stated the the conference will look to ”a select number of institutions who have indicated a strong interest in joining.” When asked directly during his press conference if the league had reached out to Air Force and Navy like reported, he declined comment. He did state though that the service academies do fit into the type of schools that the league is looking at.
Interesting enough TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. attended the meeting to discuss his school’s stance which is suppose to join the conference for the 2012-2013. Marinatto stated that the Horned Frogs were “very committed” to the Big East which disputes reports that TCU will be going to the Big 12 to help replace the loss of Texas A&M.
If the Big East added Navy and Air Force to the conference, it will hurt the baseball side of the conference as both Navy and Air Force are not even close to being considered powers in their respective conferences right now.
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