The Big East stands at 12 football members, with the Navy Midshipmen set to port in 2015. Along the way, they've tried to add the other two service academies, with Army delivering a flat no and the Air Force Falcons never really giving a final answer that we know of. So, naturally, enter BYU Cougars news out of absolutely nowhere -- BYU's name hasn't been connected to the Big East since November.
Teams will play eight-game league schedules once the conference expands from eight teams to 12 in 2013. The conference is expected to grow to 14 teams in 2015. That's when Navy joins for football only. Brigham Young or Air Force is expected to join Navy, according to multiple sources at the spring meetings.
Air Force would enter with three automatic rivals in Boise State, Navy and San Diego State, but BYU might be the best get the Big East could hope for, perhaps even better in the long term than Boise State. However, the Cougars would have a lot to give up in order to join the league, having just decided to go independent.
For more on Cougars football, visit BYU blog Vanquish The Foe.