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Big East to invite Boise State, 5 others

CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT — Less than a week after West Virginia announced it would be leaving to join the Big 12, it looks like the Big East will be adding Boise State and five other schools.
By RALPH D. RUSSO , AP College Football Writer Published: November 1, 2011

A couple weeks after the Big East found out about Pitt and Syracuse, TCU announced it was backing out of a commitment to join the league next year and instead accepted an invite to the Big 12.

Then last week West Virginia accepted an invitation to the Big 12, stripping the Big East of its most successful football member in recent years. So even with the six potential new members, the Big East still needs another school to have 12 football members for the longterm.

“We didn't get into the discussion of specifically replacing West Virginia,” Marinatto said.

Temple and Memphis are among the schools being considered, the person with knowledge if the Big East's decision 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 join the league next year. West Virginia filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the Big East's waiting period and asking the court to speed up 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.”