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Big East Expansion: SMU, UCF Newest Additions To Rumor Pile

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Pretty happy to have made it an entire college football weekend without any conference realignment fuss. Tactfully done, athletic directors and other leakers of information!

The news of the moment: Big East presidents met Sunday and granted commissioner John Marinatto the power to expand the conference. Andy Katz has a list of the schools being discussed, which includes three new additions:

The source said a number of schools were discussed, including Navy, Army, Air Force, Temple, Central Florida and a new name in SMU.

The Temple Owls are expected to join in all sports, while the service academies are likely to join in football only. The Navy Midshipmen and Air Force Falcons have been mentioned repeatedly, while the Army Black Knights are a new addition. If Navy must give up over a century of independence, doing so in order to join a conference with both of its fellow Commander-in-Chief's Trophy schools would be the only move worth the sacrifice.

The SMU Mustangs would give the TCU Horned Frogs a local rival, while the Central Florida Knights would do the same for the South Florida Bulls. Kind of a weird conference identity if all six of those are added, which would give the conference 12 teams and the chance to play a title game. Assuming they don't lose anybody else to the ACC or Big 12, of course.

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