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Big East Presidents Authorize Expansion

The presidents of the 14 remaining Big East conference members have all given their approval to commissioner John Marinatto to do what is in the best interest of the conference when it comes to expansion.  The league released a statement on Sunday stating that it would have negotiations with schools interested in joining the conference.

While no invitations have been issued as of yet, it is believed that the conference is seeking to add some or all of Air Force, Army, Navy, Central Florida, and potentially SMU (a natural rival to new conference member TCU).

The Big East's decision to aggressively expand comes on the heels of the news that Syracuse and Pittsburgh, two of the oldest members of the conference, had decided to move on to greener pastures with the ACC.  They'll be re-united with Virginia Tech, Miami, and Boston College, who all left the Big East back in 2004 and 2005 respectively.  

The league did not announce how adding new schools to it's football branch would effect the already cluttered basketball landscape that has a number of basketball only members.