The Big East Conference is expected to announce Tuesday that Navy football will join the league in the 2015 season. The move would help the conference replace departing schools Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia and move the league closer to its goal of creating a 12-team league in football. The conference would then be divided into East and West divisions.
"The Big East has been courting Navy, a football independent, for months and service academy officials had made it known they liked the idea of joining."
Navy, which currently plays as an Independent in the Football Bowl Subdivision, will join Boise State, San Diego State, Central Florida and SMU as the league's new members. Those schools are set to join as soon as 2013.