Villanova to be 10th Big East football team?

In a story posted by AOL-Sporting News (formerly the old AOL Fanhouse), it’s looking like Villanova will be making the jump to the FBS Division into the Big East Conference.

A Big East source told Sporting News that Villanova is the “clear leader” in the conference’s goal of expanding to 10 teams, but that the university still is trying to complete a revenue plan of $25-30 million in startup costs.

Villanova announced it would have a decision by April, but the process could be moving along faster than expected. reported last week that members of the athletic administration held a meeting for “major boosters” at the Syracuse basketball game.

That meeting included a speech from Villanova coach Andrew Talley as well as pledges from some donors. also reported that “prominent” Board of Trustees members have been “telegraphing” their votes to major donors.

If the Big East gets Villanova, it likely ends any further expansion discussion. The conference presidents agreed to allow athletic directors to look into expanding to 10-12 teams, but the addition of TCU in 2012 – and potentially Villanova – could mean the end of BCS hopes for UCF, the Big East’s likely fallback candidate if Villanova says no.

Why stop at 10? May as well go after Houston and Central Florida and make it 12 for that Conference Championship Game, that way there is a CLEAR CUT Big East Champion going into the bowl season, and not slapdick UConn lucking out with the Conference’s automatic bid because they happened to beat the team with the better overall record.

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