The Big East has reached out to both the SMU Mustangs and Houston Cougars, according to CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy. This comes a day after McMurphy also reported the conference was hiking its exit fees partially in order to assure the Navy Midshipmen and Air Force Falcons of a stable landing spot.
So that's four of the six presumed new Big East members. The Boise St. Broncos and Central Florida Knights have both been previously reported as on the docket as well. Adding all six would bring the Big East to an even 12 football schools. For now.
Of course, everything hinges right now on whether the Missouri Tigers bolt for the SEC, which appears likely. Bill Connelly's latest conference realignment breakdown is a good look at what happens next, but let's just say it's not pretty for the Big East. None of this really is.