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Navy Could Join Big East For Football By End Of Week, Says Rick Pitino

Big East football could implode from all this conference expansion talk or it could add a few more teams to stay among the living. But according to Louisville Cardinals basketball coach Rick Pitino, the league is going to be just fine in basketball even with the departure of Pitt and Syracuse. But that's not big news. The interesting stuff is that Pitino claims he has been told that both the Air Force Falcons and the Navy Midshipmen will join the Big East as football-only members by the end of the week.

Interestingly, Pitino also says that the league was trying to lure Air Force and Navy before Pitt and Syracuse announced their departures over the weekend. Adding two service academies would certainly add prestige to the conference for being those types of institutions.

Navy's football team has been unaffiliated with a conference for decades, though its other sports play in the Patriot League. Air Force plays in the Mountain West, but would need to see if it can stay in the conference for its other sports. The WAC or the West Coast Conference could be landing spots for the Falcons' other programs if the Mountain West wouldn't keep them following a football departure to the Big East.