Big East Expansion: Air Force Keeping Options Open, May Remain In Mountain West

While the news that BYU has joined the Big East expansion fray has people thinking about the Big East "West," one school long under consideration is starting to have second thoughts.

The Air Force Academy is apparently starting to think that staying in the Mountain West might be the smarter move than joining the Big East.

Although moving the football program to the Big East is an appealing option, sources with knowledge of academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould’s thought process, who did not want their names used because Gould has not spoken publicly about realignment in weeks, said Gould might be leaning toward staying in the Mountain West.

As you might expect from one of the service academies, the Falcons are doing their due diligence and recon work before jumping in to a conference that is about to lose three traditional members and is embarking on a national expansion with a murky future.

At the end of the day, it sounds like the AFA will wait and see how things break out with some of the other possible members, like BYU, Houston and SMU. If the Big East can assure the Falcons that there is a future in the conference, especially a financially-lucrative one, then they'll a lot more likely to pull the trigger.

For more on the Mountain West Conference , visit Mountain West Connection. For more on the Big East, head to Big East Coast Bias. For more on the conference expansion whirlwind, check out our conference realigment coverage.

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