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Updated: Navy-Big East marriage sets a date for 2015

Ken Niumatalolo AP

UPDATED 3:15 p.m. ET: As part of Navy’s decision to join the conference, the Big East will officially raise its exit fees from $5 million to $10 million, commissioner John Marinatto said on today’s teleconference. The league voted on raising the exit fees — yes, including West Virginia — on Oct. 17, but the increase would only take effect once a new member joined.

(note: Ralph Russo of the AP says he needs to clarify, but it has been confirmed that the new bylaw will take effect immediately) 

Additionally, the Big East will eventually be split up into divisions. Remarkably, Navy could theoretically play in a Big East championship game before it plays Army.

If you’d like to hear the entire Big East teleconference, you can do so by clicking HERE.

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Following up on the news that an announcement would be coming today from the Big East concerning conference membership, the Naval Academy and the Big East confirmed that the Midshipmen would be a football-only member of the conference beginning in 2015.

The official move comes months after Navy expressed its concern about leaving football independence for a conference that was, at the time, going through severe flux.

“After careful consideration, we believe this affiliation to be in the best interests of the Naval Academy, our athletic programs and the Brigade of Midshipmen. While our independent status has served Navy Football well to date, BIG EAST conference affiliation will help ensure our future scholar-athletes and athletic programs remain competitive at the highest levels for the foreseeable future,” Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller said in a statement.

The only real new piece of information is that there will be a three-year phase-in period during which a scheduling partnership will be created between the two side, leading to a full schedule of eight conference games in 2015. During this phase-in period, Navy will continue its current TV partnership with CBS and postseason bowl affiliates, but will be included in future television, marketing, promotion, and bowl negotiations by the Big East.

Navy will also continue to compete against Army and Air Force annually.

“When people look back, they will mark this as a truly historic day for the BIG EAST Conference,” said Commissioner John Marinatto in his own statement. “America’s first national football conference is adding a program with true national appeal. Navy’s decision to make the BIG EAST its first football conference home after over 100 years of independence demonstrates the value of our new expansion model and the long-term viability of our football product. The BIG EAST is truly proud to be associated with one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and one of the most storied programs in college football.”

Navy will join new Big East members Boise State, San Diego State as future football-only members; Central Florida, Houston and SMU will join as full members

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15 Responses to “Updated: Navy-Big East marriage sets a date for 2015”
  1. jonkybon says: Jan 24, 2012 2:47 PM

    I just think its wrong when Missouri joined the South East Conf. Worse was Boise St, SMU, Houston and San Diego St in the Big EAST! Change the conference names people.

  2. timh1955 says: Jan 24, 2012 3:01 PM

    Yet another very weak football team joining a very weak conference that will cease to be an AQ conference in 2013.

  3. intergalacticbronco says: Jan 24, 2012 3:05 PM

    I just think its wrong when Missouri joined the South East Conf. Worse was Boise St, SMU, Houston and San Diego St in the Big EAST! Change the conference names people.

    Seriously, enough of this ‘Change The Conference Name’ crap. If you are going to get so upset about it then, in addition to lobbying the Big 10 (has 12), Big 12 (has 10), Pac-12 (Colorado is as close to the Pacific as Illinois is to the Atlantic), and other college conferences, you’re going to have to convince the NBA (Minnesota is in the Northwest Division, Memphis and New Orleans are in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference), the NFL (Kansas City in the AFC West, St. Louis in the NFC West) and I could keep going on all day but am tired of typing.

    Geographical conference name mismatch has been going on for YEARS, why are you so upset about it now?

  4. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 24, 2012 3:24 PM

    Heroes-to-be accurately describes the Midshipmen, including the football players, but Navy hasn’t competed at a high level in football in years. Yes, until this year they had been to 8 bowls in a row, but those were 4th rate bowls. There are 34 bowl games which means over half of all FBS schools go to a bowl. It’s a participation trophy for not completely stinking.

    The service academies, especially the USMA and the USNA, would be better served joining the Ivy League. Their academics are strong enough and I think the post graduation service requirement roughly balances out the advantage that Army and Navy have in that all of their students are on full scholarship.

    I’d rather see them competing and winning at the FCS level than being excited by mediocre seasons at the FBS level.

  5. ancientcougar says: Jan 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    I believe both the Big East and Navy will prosper because of this association.

  6. drexelvol says: Jan 24, 2012 3:39 PM

    @LogicalConsideration – I really can’t begin to tell you what an idiot you are, but I’ll try.

    Prior to this season, the USNA went to eight straight bowl games and beat Notre Dame three out of the last four seasons. Following your brilliant logic, maybe it’s Notre Dame that should drop to FCS since they’re the ones who haven’t competed at a high-level in the FBS in MANY years.

    Moron.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Jan 24, 2012 3:41 PM

    So what. The little east won’t be in existence in 2015.

  8. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 24, 2012 3:57 PM

    Wow. Just wow. It is perfectly fine to disagree with me, but it hardly warranted name calling.

    Citing wins over Notre Dame from recent years is about the weakest argument I’ve heard. In the 3 seasons during which navy beat ND in the last few years, ND was 17-20 (3-9, 6-6, 8-5 in 2007, 2008, and 2010, respectively). They aren’t a power on the field and haven’t been in about 10 years—-one of the reasons Navy finally ended the Streak.

    Why does it so offend you for someone to observe that academically and competitively Navy and Army might be better served competing on the Ivy League and as part of the FCS?

    And I’m pretty sure the behavior standards at both institutions don’t think much of name calling simply because you don’t like an opinion.

  9. jonkybon says: Jan 24, 2012 4:02 PM

    Seriously, enough of this ‘Change The Conference Name’ crap. If you are going to get so upset about it then, in addition to lobbying the Big 10 (has 12), Big 12 (has 10), Pac-12 (Colorado is as close to the Pacific as Illinois is to the Atlantic), and other college conferences, you’re going to have to convince the NBA (Minnesota is in the Northwest Division, Memphis and New Orleans are in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference), the NFL (Kansas City in the AFC West, St. Louis in the NFC West) and I could keep going on all day but am tired of typing.

    Geographical conference name mismatch has been going on for YEARS, why are you so upset about it now?
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    I could care less about the NBA or NFL. Geographical conferences have usually been fairly close. The numerical misnaming I laughed at the time also. Then again, I’m on the East Coast so I only follow SEC, ACC and Big East.

  10. centexhorn says: Jan 24, 2012 6:47 PM

    Who cares about either Navy or the Big East? They’re insignificant.

  11. deadeye says: Jan 24, 2012 7:04 PM

    Speaking of lame conference/division naming: I remember back in the day when New Orleans and Atlanta were in the NFC West with the LA Rams and the SF 49ers.

    Missouri in the SEC is not a stretch at all. They border three other SEC states (Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee).

    The Big East is a sham, it needs to die real soon.

  12. acieu says: Jan 24, 2012 7:32 PM

    No one gives a shit about the big east

  13. norcalirish says: Jan 25, 2012 7:35 AM

    Navy is legit, just ask that 11-2 SEC team that needed a miracle to beat them last season. In addition, I read somewhere that “the ole ball coach” said after the game that he never wanted to play Navy again. But that guy probably doesn’t know much about football tho *rolls eyes*

    Top notch kids, great academics, a rich tradition, more Heismans than Alabama…Navy is pretty much all that is right with cfb. I bet half of your favorite teams in here couldn’t compete. Clowns.

  14. wethog66 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:32 PM

    @LogicalConsideration

    I am not going to call you names, but I would appreciate it if you actually knew what you were talking about before making the type of comments you made about Navy Football. Army might be suited for the Ivy League, but Navy is a cut above.

    Navy is a good football program. Period. Any team that can go into the Horseshoe 2 years ago and need a 2pt conversion with 5 seconds left in the game to tie OSU and force overtime is a good football program. Navy also took South Carolina to the limit last year in Columbia only to lose by 3 pts. And the 35-13 butt whipping Navy put on Missouri two years ago in the Texas Bowl was a joy to witness. Consistent success against Notre Dame the last 5 years is proof as well.

    I have lived my entire life in Annapolis, MD, and I am a season ticket holder for Navy, I have seen my fair share of crap seasons out of Navy over my 35 years on this earth. But the last 10 years is something different. There is sustained success and a offensive system installed that caters to the type of athletes Navy attracts. Navy/Marine Corp Memorial Stadium has been renovated and is top notch college football venue.

    Being in a a conference like the Big 10, SEC, or Big 12 might be a challenge for Navy, but the Big East is a perfect fit for Navy. Boise State is the only team that is a clear level above Navy. The rest Navy is comparable to, or simply better than.

  15. norcalirish says: Jan 26, 2012 9:15 AM

    I’ll be in Dublin September 1st to watch the next chapter unfold in one of the most historic and meaningful cfb rivalries :)

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