Boise State and Air Force are among six schools the Big East hopes to add to replace the defections of Pittsburgh, Syracuse and TCU.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Marinatto and Carparelli met with Air Force superintendent Michael Gould, athletic director Hans Mueh and football coach Troy Calhoun on Wednesday.
Thursday’s meeting between Boise State and the Big East will be the second in five days. On Sunday, Boise State, along with officials from Navy, Houston, SMU and UCF met with Marinatto and representatives from other Big East schools in Washington D.C., CBSSports.com reported.
Air Force officials were not able to attend that meeting.
On Tuesday, the Big East’s presidents and chancellors have a meeting scheduled in Philadelphia, where they could give Marinatto the green light to add new members.
The addition of Boise State, Navy, Houston, SMU, UCF and Air Force would get the Big East up to 12 members – until West Virginia or Louisville leaves the league.
West Virginia appeared headed to the Big 12 when the league informed the Mountaineers Tuesday they would receive an official invitation to replace Missouri in the Big 12. However, later that day, the league contacted West Virginia and told the school they were undecided between WVU and Louisville.
A source told CBSSports.com the Big 12’s board of directors needed to “perform due diligence” before making a final decision.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the Big 12 also is considering adding both West Virginia and Louisville, which could prove fatal to the Big East’s hopes of retaining its BCS automatic qualifying status in 2014.
Oklahoma State uber-booster Boone Pickens told the Oklahoman Wednesday he had a concern with the distance between West Virginia and the other Big 12 schools.
“That's pretty isolated,” Pickens said. “To me, you go out here to West Virginia, you're going to go a long way. I didn't like the Pac-10 for that reason.”