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REPORT: Big East Set to Add Five Schools

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MORGANTOWN -

For the first time since Pitt and Syracuse announced they were leaving the Big East, the conference appears to be ready to add some new blood.

ESPN is reporting the Big East is prepared to announce the additions of Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members. It will also add Houston, SMU and UCF as full members.

The report also indicates the Big East is still hoping to add Army and Navy; however, there remain some unresolved issues prior to any addition involving those two service academies.

These additions come on the heels of losing four schools including West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse and TCU.

It is uncertain how these additions would affect West Virginia. WVU is looking to begin its membership in the Big 12 in July. The school is suing the Big East to release it from the 27-month waiting period to leave as stipulated by the Big East's bylaws. The Big East is suing WVU to remain in the conference through the 27-month waiting period.

The Big East appears ready to add these five schools beginning in 2013.

The Big East is clearly prepared to change its brand. The conference previously stretched as far west as Louisville. Now it will head into the Pacific Time Zone and touch all four time zones in the continental United States. Its goal appears to be a 12-team conference featuring both eastern and western divisions.

The move will help make the league a little more stable; however, it does not guarantee the Big East will remain a BCS automatic qualifying conference.

That will not be of concern to West Virginia University. WVU feels pretty comfortable it will be playing in a BCS automatic qualifying conference when it begins competing in the Big 12.

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