|Kellen Moore fired three TD passes in Boise State’s 57-7 win over Fresno State. (Gary Kazanjian/Associated Press)|
Big East leaders held a conference call yesterday to talk about expansion and the expected loss of TCU, but no decisions were made on which schools to invite to the troubled league.
Two people who were on the call told the Associated Press that no invitations were imminent because the university presidents, chancellors, and athletic directors speaking with commissioner John Marinatto wanted more information about the schools being considered.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the Big East did not want its internal discussions made public. Big East spokesman John Paquette declined to comment.
TCU, which was scheduled to join the Big East in 2012, received an invitation to the Big 12 on Thursday. TCU has not officially accepted but that seems little more than a formality, with its board of trustees expected to vote soon.
Syracuse and Pittsburgh already have announced they are leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Big East would be down to six football schools without TCU: West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Rutgers, and Connecticut. The Big East’s nonfootball members are: DePaul, Marquette, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, Providence, and Notre Dame.
Notre Dame competes in the Big East in everything except football and wants very much to remain an independent in football. But if the Big East were to collapse, that could force the Fighting Irish to join a conference.
Air Force, which is in the Mountain West Conference, and Navy, an independent in football, have been at the top of the Big East’s wish list as football-only members.
East Carolina has applied for membership to the Big East, and fellow Conference USA members Central Florida and Memphis long have been looking to join a conference with an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series.
Big Ten prefers 12 With all the talk of conference realignment, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany reaffirmed his league’s position by saying, “We have what we want. My phone isn’t ringing off the hook.’’ Delany said expanding the Big Ten beyond 12 teams could negatively affect scheduling.
Blowout for Boise Fifth-ranked Boise State (5-0) got three TD passes from Kellen Moore and rushed for five scores in a 57-7 rout of host Fresno State last night . . . The NCAA suspended Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey for five more games and three other Buckeyes for one game for taking too much money for a summer job. Posey already had been suspended five games for accepting cash and tattoos from a Columbus parlor . . . Oregon star running back LaMichael James suffered a dislocated right elbow in Thursday night’s 43-15 win over California. James said he immediately popped the elbow back into place.