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Connecticut has interest in joining the ACC if it expands again, and there has been speculation about Rutgers moving, too.

The Big East also has eight members that do not compete in football: Villanova, Georgetown, St. John’s, Providence, Seton Hall, Marquette, DePaul and Notre Dame.

The agendas of the football members and the ones that don’t play football in the conference have often conflicted. But they came together this week to agree on a plan that they hope will allow the Big East retain its automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series, and the millions in revenue that goes with it, for years to come.

Neither the Mountain West Conference nor Conference USA has an automatic BCS bid, which makes the Big East attractive to Boise State despite being nearly 1,900 miles away from Louisville, the closest current Big East member.

“Well, there’s no doubt that for a long time the coaches have felt like this distinction between AQ and non-AQ isn’t fair,” Kustra said. “I’ve been very vocal about my thoughts regarding the BCS and when they organize in 2013, I hope there’s a way to deal with some of these inequities.

“But in the meantime, it seems like our responsibility is to get as close as we can to AQ status. And that’s the reason why we’re not just shutting down any interests from others who ask us questions about what are your future plans? Our future plans are to do whatever we can to work out a better TV arrangement, get on more TVs in more living rooms and at the same time work toward AQ status.”


AP Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton in Fort Collins, Colo., contributed to this report.


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