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Update: Navy to announce 2015 Big East move today

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UPDATED 10:17 a.m. ET: In a press release, the Big East announced a media teleconference at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday “to address conference membership.”  In attendance will be conference commissioner John Marinatto as well as a three-person contingent from Navy – Vice Admiral Michael Miller, USN, Naval Academy Superintendent; athletic director Chet Gladchuk; head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.

It’s expected the two entities wil announce Navy’s decision to move to the Big East as a football-only member in 2015.

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When last we heard of the speculation connecting Navy to a move to the Big East, the service academy was giving a “thanks, but no thanks” to shedding its football independence and joining the conference, although the door was certainly left open for a future.

A couple of months later, that future appears to be now — in a couple of years.

According to ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, and citing an unnamed source, Navy has decided it will join the Big East as a football-only member in 2015.  The Midshipmen have played every year of its existence as an independent.

Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com subsequently confirmed the initial report, adding that an official announcement from Navy is expected Tuesday.  An email sent to the service academy seeking a response to the reports has not yet garnered a response.

Over the past few months, the Big East has seen itself go through a significant amount of upheaval.  TCU and West Virginia (both to the Big 12), and Pittsburgh and Syracuse (both to the ACC) have announced their intentions to leave their current conference home, although the timing for at least one of the schools is the subject of lawsuits on both sides.  To replace those schools after their eventual departures, the Big East announced Dec. 7 that Boise State and San Diego State had been added as future football-only members, and Central Florida, Houston and SMU as members in all sports.

Those moves would not go into effect until the 2013 season.

Navy would give the Big East 11 members once all the attrition and addition has come to fruition.  The conference has stated in the past that it’s their intention to get to 12 football-playing members and stage a conference championship game.

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8 Responses to “Update: Navy to announce 2015 Big East move today”
  1. acieu says: Jan 23, 2012 9:06 PM

    NOGASATBE

  2. donttazemebro says: Jan 24, 2012 12:24 AM

    At least their actually ON the East Coast

  3. thefiesty1 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:45 AM

    BE is STILL grasping at straws trying to be relevant. It’s just not going to happen. Accept the fact that the BE is nothing more than the MAC and always will be.

  4. cubano76 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:51 AM

    So what the hell is a “Rear Admiral” anyway? I really need to know before I unleash a bunch of quick witted comments towards the Big East.

    Help please……….

  5. normtide says: Jan 24, 2012 12:02 PM

    Can someone explain what happens if WVU can not make its move till 2013? Will the 12 have to re do it’s tv contracts? Or is there a chance they try to make A&M and/or MIZZ stay?

    As for Rear Admiral, we had a joke in the Army about that and Seamen (enlisted Navy personel), but no need to go there.

  6. brettlgriffin says: Jan 24, 2012 12:54 PM

    @Cuban a Rear Admiral is the same as a 1 or 2 Star General in the Army. In this case the superintendent of USNA is a Rear Admiral LH or a 1 Star General.

  7. brettlgriffin says: Jan 24, 2012 12:58 PM

    It appears CFT corrected their mistake, The superintendent is a Vice Admiral or 3 Star General

  8. acieu says: Jan 24, 2012 2:00 PM

    I would rather be in charge of vise than in charge of rears unless they were on hot women

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