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Navy To Join Big East In 2015


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Navyis expected to announce soon that it will join the Big East Conference for football in 2015, a source said Monday.

Navy, one of three service academies in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, presently plays as an independent.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk has previously said that scheduling and bowl and television contracts would make the transition from independent status to a conference more complicated than expected.

The Big East, hit by the departures of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC and TCU and West Virginia to the Big 12, will add Boise State and San Diego State for football and SMU, UCF and Houston for all sports, starting in 2013.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto would like to get the conference to 12 football-playing schools, which would allow it to play a conference championship game.

When West Virginia departs and the new members begin play, the conference will have 11 members playing football.

West Virginia has sued the Big East in order to be able to join the Big 12 for the 2012 season. The Big East has countersued West Virginia in an attempt to force the school to abide by the conference bylaw requiring schools to wait 27 months before leaving.

A judge in Rhode Island has ordered the Big East and West Virginia into non-binding mediation in an attempt to resolve their lawsuits against each other.

The Big East has seven members that don't play Division I FBS football: St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette and Providence. Notre Dame is a football independent but plays other sports (except ice hockey) in the Big East.

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