The Associated Press is reporting that it is a done deal (finally) and the Big East will invite the Boise St. Broncos, Air Force Falcons, Navy Midshipmen and Central Florida Knights and it will happen this weekend.
We know that Navy, Air Force and Boise were all hesitant to jump into the Big East's arms given the volatility facing its future. So what's expected to change their minds?
The increased exit fee, which is being doubled from $5 million to $10 million. It's a way for the Big East to make it a little bit harder for current members to jump ship. Or at least make them think twice.
Then again, do you honestly believe West Virginia will have a problem ponying up $10 million if the SEC invites them? Or that UConn will turn down the ACC because they have to pay that? No way. It's more of a window dressing than anything.
Big East commissioner reportedly wanted the fee to be raised to $17-$20 million, which might sound insane, but would have been an actual deterrent. There's just no way the current football schools were going for it.