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Report: Boise State, UCF among new Big East members in 2013

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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The murky future of the Big East Conference may be about to clear considerably.

Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and UCF will join the Big East in 2013, with an announcement expected Wednesday, CBSsports.com reported.

Boise State and San Diego State will join as football-only members, while the other schools will join as all-sport members. Adding UCF gives the University of South Florida a natural geographic rival.

The expansion would put the conference at 10 schools but may not be complete, CBSsports.com reported. Navy, the website said, is expected to join as a football-only member, while negotiations are ongoing with Air Force. If that falls through, Temple could become an option to help the conference reach 12 football members.

That likely would split the conference into two divisions and set up a playoff like several other major conferences do.

The future of the Big East as a football conference was questioned after Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia announced earlier this year they would be leaving.

Boise State, of the Mountain West Conference, finished 11-1 and ranked No. 7 in the BCS standings, but was shut out from a BCS bowl game. The Broncos will play Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22.

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