Big East Votes For Expansion; Not Ready To Name Names

RALPH D. RUSSO,AP College Football Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Big East will invite Boise State, Navy and Air Force for football only and SMU, Houston and Central Florida for all sports.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference was not ready to announce which schools its members had voted Tuesday to extend invitations to in the upcoming days.

Commissioner John Marinatto declined to give specifics of the Big East’s plan after meeting with the league’s presidents at a Philadelphia hotel. He did say he expected the schools to accept.

He acknowledged the league is moving west and reiterated that Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia will not be allowed to leave for their new conferences until July 2014.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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