The Big East Conference isn’t dead yet. Not 24 hours after news broke that the league’s BCS bid was safe until at least 2015, the Associated Press is now reporting the Big East will invite Boise State, Air Force and Navy as football-only members, and the University of Central Florida to join the conference in all sports.
The additional four teams will push the Big East’s football membership to 10 teams once Syracuse and Pittsburgh depart for the ACC. The league said earlier in the week it plans to reach 12 teams by the time it is finished expanding.
Boise State, should it accept the invitation, would be something of a coup for the league given the Broncos’ run of recent success and their current No. 5 ranking in the polls.
The other three teams are less impressive, but not quite lackluster. UCF, Navy and Air Force have won six bowl games between them the past 10 years, with the Midshipmen reaching the postseason in each of the past seven years.
If you’re not already excited to see Cincinnati play Air Force, I just don’t know what to tell you.