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Temple AD Bill Bradshaw declined comment.
“We’re having discussions with Big East officials and continue to consider all of our options,” Boise State spokesman Frank Zang said.
Marinatto said again that the Big East intends to enforce the league’s 27-month notification period and will hold Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia in the conference until July 2014.
The ACC has said it will not challenge the Big East’s rules, but the Big 12 needs 10 teams to fulfill its television contracts in 2012 and has said it expects West Virginia to replace Missouri and join the league next year. Missouri is expected to leave for the Southeastern Conference soon.
West Virginia filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Big East’s waiting period and asking the court to speed the school’s divorce from the league.
“I quite frankly was stunned when I heard the news that they were filing a lawsuit,” Marinatto said. “I couldn’t understand under what grounds.”
Even with new members ready to commit, the Big East might not have enough football teams next season without Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
According to Conference USA bylaws, UCF, SMU and Houston would not be able to compete in the Big East until 2013, CUSA spokeswoman Courtney Archer said. Those teams would also have to pay a $500,000 exit fee and relinquish about $6.13 million in television revenue.
Mountain West bylaws won’t stand in the way of Boise State or Air Force leaving immediately, but they would have to relinquish this year’s revenue, plus pay either $5 million or double the revenue, whichever is greater.
If Boise State makes it to the Bowl Championship Series this season, it could cost as much as $21 million for the Broncos to jump to the Big East in 2012. But getting access to an automatic BCS bid, something neither the MWC nor CUSA has, is what Boise State and most schools are chasing these days.
The Big East has that, at least through the 2013 season, and hopes its latest incarnation can keep it _ and be attractive enough to television networks to land a billion-dollar deal similar to what the other automatic-qualifying BCS leagues have signed in recent years.
“(Former Commissioner) Mike Tranghese reinvented the conference in 1990 by creating a football element in order to service its members at the time,” Marinatto said. “We reinvented it again in 2003 and created the biggest and most diverse conference in the country. And now because of all these circumstances, we’re reinventing it a fourth time.”
AP Sports Writers Dan Gelston in Philadelphia and Associated Press writer Kyle Hightower in Orlando, Fla., contributed to this report.
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