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Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 9:46 pm

The Big East’s presidents and chancellors voted unanimously Monday night to increase the league’s exit fee to $10 million, but the increased fee is contingent on Navy and Air Force joining the league as football only members, sources told

The increase in exit fees from $5 million to $10 million is expected to increase the probability of adding Navy and Air Force as football-only members. Both schools are receptive to joining the Big East, but wanted a bigger financial commitment from the remaining members (Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida and West Virginia).

Sources with knowledge of Monday's teleconference also said that there is no timetable to issue invitations. The Big East previously had indicated a desire to get to 12 football members after losing TCU to the Big 12 and Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC.

Less than an hour before the Big East’s presidents and chancellors held their teleconference Monday night with Commissioner John Marinatto, the New York Times reported Missouri’s departure from the Big 12 to the SEC was “inevitable and imminent.”

That development would have a significant impact on the league, specifically Big East members Louisville and West Virginia, who sources have told are prime candidates to receive a Big 12 invitation if Missouri left. However, all of the Big East’s 14 members still voted unanimously for the increased exit fee Monday night.

Besides Navy and Air Force, the Big East also has had conversations with Boise State about becoming a football-only member and with UCF about joining as an all sports member.

As of Saturday, the Big East “felt confident about their discussions with Boise State,” a college football industry source told

“That’s the most important factor, the stability of the core membership,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told Monday night.

Gladchuk said that the possibility of adding Boise State was significant in Navy’s decision making process. “Absolutely,” Gladchuk said. “Anything that helps stabilize the Big East’s automatic BCS berth.”

Boise State president Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman Saturday the Broncos have notified the Mountain West Conference that it is definitely staying or leaving the league.

“If by some strange chance somebody came to us and said we’d like to invite you to join our conference, I’d have to say, ‘Well, you’ll have to give us time to do our due diligence and really spend the time on it.’ We’re not ready,” Kustra told the Statesman. “I have no idea how fast or slow this whole process is going to move.”

Last week Boise State coach Chris Petersen said he was not concerned about the extra travel that would be required by competing in the Big East.

“For us, it’s not that big of a deal (with) how we travel,” Petersen told the Statesman. “You get on a plane, you charter. You’re in and out. You’re on a plane four hours instead of two. Whatever. All that’s doable.

“Do all the other things make sense? And I think that, don’t kid yourself, these guys (Kustra and interim athletic director Curt Apsey) are all over it. They’re analyzing everything.”

UCF is ready to join the Big East, multiple sources told, and is just awaiting an official invitation to the league.

UCF officials met with Marinatto and other Big East representatives Friday in Cincinnati. “We were very impressed with them,” a league source said. “It went well. I can’t imagine it dragging out too long with them.”

The league also is targeting Houston and SMU as potential all-sports members to get to 12 football members. If the Big East lost any schools to the Big 12 or other conferences, the next likely candidates the Big East would pursue would be Temple and East Carolina.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:24 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

How 'bout if they just become members of both conferences during the next couple years?  They would have to play about 4 extra games per year, but that's no big deal - being a public school, so they have over 100 players - they could just play about 3 "split-squad" games the next couple years.

Oh sure, the NCAA, conferences, TV rights holders, and season ticket holder all may squak, but hey, THIS is important ... 3 US Senators have already gotten involved show you just how important.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:39 am

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

"Boise State would be advised to align itself with the Pac 10 or south West otherwise their schedule will not allow them the power rankings under the current BCS system to contend for a National title."

You don't think that Boise State wouldn't be there in a heartbeat if the PAC12 or Big12 extended an invitation?  The bottom line is that neither conference will offer them that until Boise State can double it's media market in the Boise area or that Boise State gets it's academic standards high enough to gain AAU status.  In otherwords it's not going to happen any time in the near future.  Unfortunately football performance comes about 3rd or 4th on most conference's list of priorities.  If football performance were the primary consideration, Boise State would've been picked up by the PAC12 2-3 seasons ago, at the very least the PAC12 would've added them before grabbing the craptastic fest that is the Colorado Buffalo football program.  The bottom line is that there is no good option for Boise State and although it has risks, the Big East is the best of what is available to Boise State.  They certainly can't sit around in the MWC and hope for a bid from that MWC/C-USA merger, or sit around and wait for an offer from the Big 12 or PAC12 conference.  Boise will only get into the Big 12 if Mizz actually leaves AND 3-4 other schools turn them down first.  Heck I think the Big 12 wanted Tulane more than Boise (for academics) although Tulane would be a joke for football for quite some time in the Big 12.  Anyways the point is that Boise State can't just sit around if they want to continue to grow as a football program.  Even though the Big East may not have as good of a shot at getting a team into the National Championship as the other BCS Conferences, they still have a MUCH better shot at getting into the National Championship in the Big East than they do in the MWC or an MWC/C-USA merger. 

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:07 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

I don't understand how BYU, Navy, or Air Force would strengthen anyones conferences in terms of competition, or BCS Bowl births? Will someone explain that to me please? Why isn't the Big 12 and the Big East just extending an invitation to Boise State? Some of you may not follow wrestling, but Boise is repeatedly in the top 10 year in and year out in wrestling and their football team is the same. They have won two BCS bowls and beat a Big 12 prgogram. Sounds like a good fit for the Big 12. These other teams being discussed haven't done squat!!! In any sport, besides having a winning season a couple times.

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:14 am

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

With rich rod.....yes and navy won the 1942 title...please!!!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:25 am

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

This is a good idea.  Entice schools to join by making the exit fee so high they would be trapped.  What kind fo incentive is that to play in a dying conference?   Undecided

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:32 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

 Some idiot posted. "Big East...the Big Least.  Nobody in this conference can beat the elites from the Big 10, Pac whatever # now, South West or the SEC." Am I mistaken, or did WVU beat the SEC Champion in the Sugar Bowl, and followed up by beating the Big 12 Champion in the Fiesta Bowl? The results would seem to indicate that WVU can compete with any team from any conference. What more proof do you need?

Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:14 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

No matter what Coack K says these moves have nothing to do with basketball. If that was the case everyone would be trying to JOIN the Big East, as it was the premier league in college sports.  But, it is football that brings in the $ in this country and thats why all these changes are being made. If these where basketball moves why wouldnt the Big East be trying to replace Pitt and Cuse with other high end basketball schools like Butler? Dont be fooled college sports are all about football, thats where the money is.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:54 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

As Coach K of Duke said – the latest raid of the BE was about getting basketball schools into the ACC.

So the BE may raise the exit fee on the football playing schools? 
Not the basketball playing schools?

The inability of the 2 sides – non-football vs football schools has killed the BE. 
It is time to admit the only real option is to split the conference along those 2 sides.

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:45 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

And we thought the Big 12 was a messy family. The Big East takes the cake. What a disaster. The commissioner needs to go but it will be too late because I don't see how any school would want to get on board the Titanic after it drilled the iceberg. This conference is going to die as a football conference.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:14 pm

Big East fee increase depends on Navy, Air Force

The message to West Virgina here is clear. Get out quickly before your exit fee doubles from a reasonable 5 millions to a painful 10 million. Beg the SEC or the ACC to take you.  The big east is going down and west virgina as great as they are wont get into BCS bowl games once the Big east loses its automatic bid

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