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UCF to hold Friday teleconference over conference realignment

George O'Leary

The expansion process for the Big East is beginning to build up momentum after a longer-than-it-should-have-been delay. Central Florida’s Board of Trustees have announced that they will meet via teleconference Friday to discussion “athletic conference realignment issues.”

UCF has maintained that, despite meeting with Big East officials on prior occasions, the school has not received an invite yet. The newest meeting could be similar to the one planned by Houston’s Board of Regents for later today where the board authorizes the school president to make all decisions related to conference affiliation, although no announcement on that front has been made.

With West Virginia and Louisville battling it out over what may be the final spot in the Big 12, the Big East is down — at least in theory — to four football members until the Big 12 drama ends. The effort is underway to get that number back up; whether the goal remains 12 football members or not remains unclear.

As John noted earlier, Air Force had an informal sit-down with the Big East over “why the academy is a good fit” in the beleaguered conference. Rumor was also afoot yesterday that Big East commissioner John Marinatto was in Boise attempting to “close the deal” with the Broncos, but that meeting is apparently going to be held today. Boise State did confirm they had met with the Big East on Sunday in Washington DC.

UCF, Boise State, Air Force, Navy and SMU have all been connected to the Big East’s expansion plans.

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8 Responses to “UCF to hold Friday teleconference over conference realignment”
  1. rockiemtnhigh says: Oct 27, 2011 11:10 AM

    Sounds like desperation to me. None of these teams get the blood flowing that hard besides Boise St. in football.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Oct 27, 2011 12:09 PM

    UCF has very good potential. The Orlando area is an amazing recruiting hotbed for football, the university has good resources and facilities, and the academic standards aren’t strict. They have a good coach who has been building the football program into a respectable one that can challenge a lot of BCS AQ programs, including the bowl win over Georgia last year.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Oct 27, 2011 12:19 PM

    The Big East is grasping at straws. None of those teams will help keep their AQ status. Boise won’t go just for that reason.

    All the “political” involvement in losing either WVA and/or Louisville doesn’t seem to help the Big East save itself. Their commissioner doesn’t appear to try to keep either or both from bolting, unless he’s the one getting the government involved.

    Their done, get over it.

  4. sports_dude says: Oct 27, 2011 12:20 PM

    Why would Boise st join the Big East? They will never be accepted into the fraternity of the elite, unless they join a strong conference. I agree with the poster about Orlando being an ahtletic hotbed, UCF has quality athletes year in and year out. And it’s usually the leftovers of Florida,Florida St. and Miami. That just goes to show the level of talent in that area.

  5. artbyshan says: Oct 27, 2011 12:23 PM

    What kind of track record of stability will the Big East use to sell their conference. Anybody that has big plans is crazy to join the Big East at this point.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Oct 27, 2011 12:42 PM

    The Big East is down, but not out. Rutgers, UConn, Cincinnati, USF, and either UL or WVU would consitute just an okay foundation, but adding schools like UCF, Houston, SMU, Tulsa, Memphis, ECU, and Boise St. would effectively end any chance the BCS would push to remove their automatic bid. Sure, most other fans would continue to criticize the quality as undeserving of BCS AQ status, but the BCS didn’t push to remove the bid when the criteria were met a few years ago, and they won’t now if they put together an okay lineup like that.

  7. burntorangehorn says: Oct 27, 2011 12:57 PM

    By the way, on stability: the big increase in exit penalty is intended as a stabilizer for the future. It may not have an impact on UL or WVU, as it’s unclear at this point when the effective date of the buyout adujstment is, but it should keep teams in the conference from being able to jump ship without cause (loss of AQ status, for example).

  8. fcmlefty1 says: Oct 27, 2011 5:05 PM

    @fiesty1 – see all the political crap over Louisville/WV? Now imagine that ratcheted up once they try to pull the BCS AQ from a conference that has two of the service academies in it….

    If the Big East lands Navy and Air Force, they are safe, even if it was 10 other FCS teams with them the way I see it. Couple that with all of the “secrets of the BCS” that the Big East hierarchy has been privy to for a decade and a half and they aren’t going anywhere.

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