Posted by Chip Patterson
On the field, the Big East has failed to make a dent in the national scene this year. The conference has been openly criticized by many, and with just a month left in regular season play there is not a single Big East team in the current Top 25. Off the field, the presidents and athletic directors are gathering this week to work on changing their reputation. It is being reported by several sources that one of the hot topics to be covered in this meeting is a "probable expansion."
The regularly scheduled meeting will likely be tense with debate as the football-playing members of the conference will be pushing to expand the eight team conference, possibly by including current national powerhouse TCU. A New York Post report indicated that TCU and Central Florida are both very interested, with Houston, Temple, and Villanova also being mentioned as leading candidates.
"The goal is to get the presidents' blessing to seriously pursue teams," said one Big East athletic director. "I don't think we're going to get pushback on that."
If they do get the green-light, sources are reporting that invitations could be offered by the end of this college football season. But getting everyone involved to rally around expansion may not be easy for the non-football schools in the conference. Adding a team to the football conference would likely mean adding them to the already vast 16 team conference from many of the non-football sports.