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Source: Villanova close to Big East decision

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07:10 AM ET 03.03 | Villanova is closing in on a decision to move its football program to the Football Bowl Subdivision level and join the Big East. A Big East source told Sporting News that Villanova is the "clear leader" in the conference's goal of expanding to 10 teams, but that the university still is trying to complete a revenue plan of $25-30 million in startup costs.

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March 3, 2011  07:39 AM ET

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March 3, 2011  07:47 AM ET

Is it monetarily worthwhile for Villanova to play Big East football?

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March 3, 2011  08:21 AM ET
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How many teams will this conference take? they're going to be the Really **** big **** East before too long.

No kidding, if they continue adding teams they'll need a playoff bracket instead of a CCG.

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March 3, 2011  09:08 AM ET
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How many teams will this conference take? they're going to be the Really **** big **** East before too long.

They're already in the Big East for hoops so adding them for football won't be that difficult. The tough part is coming with the loot on Nova's end.

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March 3, 2011  09:58 AM ET
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Wow, I thought they were already in the Big Least, and I did not know that they had a FB team.

Howie Long (NFL Hall of Fame) played football at Villanova and was an All American

March 3, 2011  11:01 AM ET

The Big East has 16 teams in Basketball but only 9 in football. That is because some of the b-ball schools don't even have football (i.e. Georgetown,Marquette) some (Villanova) play football in a lower division, and in one case (Notre Dame) are independent in football.

Nine teams is actually small -- most conferences are growing to 12 or 16 in an effort to maximize TV revenue and market reach. And in order to hold a conference championship game, which means more $$$, NCAA says you need at least 12 teams. That's why they are trying to grow. Of course adding teams like Villanova won't really help their national profile. They wan't to add Notre Dame in Football but the Irish aren't interested (for obvious reasons).

March 3, 2011  12:13 PM ET

Georgetown has football. They play at the Division III level.

March 3, 2011  12:47 PM ET

How is their football? I thought I heard they did pretty well last year. Ultimately, it's just one more team for TCU to embarrass.

How much would they have to pony up to join in FB??

March 3, 2011  01:20 PM ET

Nova has been a top I-AA team (or whatever stupid name they use) for the past couple of years at least. 2009 National Champs in that division. Brian Westbrook also came out of that program.

March 3, 2011  02:35 PM ET
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Nova has been a top I-AA team (or whatever stupid name they use) for the past couple of years at least. 2009 National Champs in that division. Brian Westbrook also came out of that program.

Didn't they lose in the semi-final last year?

March 3, 2011  05:56 PM ET
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Is it monetarily worthwhile for Villanova to play Big East football?

Nova is already in the Big East - all sports excepy football. This will move 2009 FCS National Champs to the FBS vote a favorite champ. They had success as a Div 1A team but de-emphized to Div II before Big East was created.

March 3, 2011  06:57 PM ET

How will they compete...it did not work for UConn

March 3, 2011  08:50 PM ET
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How will they compete...it did not work for UConn

UConn just won the Big East this past year, how is that not working?

I would assume Nova would play a couple seasons as an independent to give them time to get up to speed with recruiting and such just like UConn did... joining the Big East right off the bat would be suicide, even if the conference generally sucks at Football other then a couple of the teams.

March 3, 2011  10:36 PM ET

Big East has 16 schools. Nine play football on the FBS level (Notre Dame is not a Big East football member), 2 play on the FCS level (Villanova and Georgetown) and the other 5 have no football team. Next year TCU becomes the Big East's 17 member in all sports.

The NCAA mandates a 4-year transition period, so it will be 2016 before they will be eligible for a conference title.

Big East title or not, UConn could not sell its mandated allotment of Fiesta Bowl tickets and was force to swallow the cost.

Villanova playing FBS football is about negotiation muscle and the Philadelphia TV market for the Big East when they go a courtin' for a football broadcast deal.

March 3, 2011  11:10 PM ET

Its a good move by Villy to jump to the Big East it will get them prize Philly area recruits that want to stay home and play

March 4, 2011  03:25 PM ET

I appreciate Villanova basketball, but this is just wrong.

The Big East executives and leadership are simply horrible.

This move does absolutely nothing to gain revenue for the league over the next five years.

 
March 4, 2011  05:45 PM ET

BCS is so crooked...how does a I-AA team get to move directly into BCS

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