The Big East has been hoping that the Navy Midshipmen will join the conference prior to their scheduled time of 2015, but it doesn’t look like that will be happening. Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk is saying the school will not join early.
In January, the Big East announced that Navy would join the conference in 2015 as a football only member. Recently, however, new Big East commissioner Mike Aresco said he is hoping to speak to Navy about joining prior to 2015.
Gladchuk says Navy can’t join earlier because they have games scheduled through 2018 and bowl contracts through 2017. In addition to that they also have television contracts with CBS College Sports, and CBS Sports for the Army-Navy game through 2018.
Navy also has plans to expand their stadium by 3,000 – 4,000 seats before the 2015 season and wants to make other improvements to their campus prior to joining the Big East.
In 2013 the Big East will lose the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers to the ACC, but will pickup full members Houston, UCF, SMU, and Memphis. They will also get Boise State and San Diego State just in football, which will give the Big East a 12-member football conference.
Aresco has said the goal is to make the conference a 14-team league with the addition of Navy and either the BYU Cougars or Air Force. The Big East would consider taking all three if Army agrees to join as well, which would then create a 16-team conference.
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