The Big East has reached out to Central Florida as the first school in its target area for expansion.
According to Big East sources familiar with the talks, Big East commissioner John Marinatto and other represenatives contacted Conference USA (of which Central Florida is a member) informing Commissioner Brit Banowsky of the Big East's interest in Central Florida.
UCF officials were then contacted as well.
Although no offer was formally made, the process is expected to proceed quickly in the next few days with an offer expected--it will be an offer that UCF is also expected to accept.
Once that happens, the Big East is likely to focus on Temple to gauge the interest in rejoining the Big East after an absence of 7 years.
All of these moves are part of an overall plan which the Big East hopes will raise its football membership to 12 schools. with Navy, Air Force, SMU, Houston and Boise State all being given attention. Villanova, which has expressed a desire to move from the FCS to the FB S level, is also on the Big East's target list.
There is no timetable for the completion of all of these moves, but it seems clear that UCF will be the first step taken by the Big East.
- Michael Vega
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