According to various sources, Big East football school officials will meet Tuesday night in New York City to discuss the league's future.
Presidents and athletic directors from the conference's six remaining football members, along with officials from TCU, which is slated to join in 2012, will be at the meeting along with Commissioner John Marinatto.
With the departure of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the remaining Big East football schools are West Virginia, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Rutgers, Louisville and South Florida.
Villanova, who is hoping to move up from FCS to join their Big East brothers in the FBS, has not been invited.
The meeting is expected to settle how committed each school is to the future of the conference. West Virginia has been linked to the ACC and SEC, Louisville is rumored to be a target, UConn & Rutgers have expressed interest in the ACC and TCU has apparently had talks about remaining in the Mountain West.
The Big 12, a possibly partner for merging, will also be up for discussion:
One of the Big East officials said the group will examine every option for every scenario and that they will be ready to act quickly should the opportunity present itself. The official cautioned that decisions made by the Big 12 -- league headliners Texas and Oklahoma are weighing their options, which include trying to keep that league together -- could alter things greatly.
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