Blue roundup: Could BYU be headed to Big East?

Published: Thursday, Oct. 27 2011 10:31 a.m. MDT

BYU plays San Jose State in a football game at the Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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For weeks, BYU has been considered a candidate for the Big 12, but nothing has materialized at this point. The Big 12 is reportedly considering West Virginia, Louisville and BYU.

Now, there are reports that the Cougars could be invited to the Big East Conference. That league is working on a plan to have western and eastern divisions, according to the Boston Globe. Under this plan, BYU would be part of the Western Division with Air Force and Boise State.

"If a seventh school — which would be dictated by the departure of either Louisville or West Virginia — is needed to get to the desired total of 12 football schools, BYU remains a viable option as a western addition, as well as Memphis, while Temple and East Carolina are the primary schools in the East division of what Big East officials hope will become a competitive BCS conference," the Globe reports. "Of that group of newcomers, Boise, Air Force, BYU, and Navy would be football-only members, while Central Florida, SMU, and Houston would be extended invitations in all sports."

According to the Globe, the western part of the Big East, if BYU is included, would be made up of BYU, Boise State, Air Force, Houston, SMU and Cincinnati. The Eastern division would be comprised of Connecticut, Rutgers, Central Florida, South Florida, West Virginia or Louisville and Navy.

BYU also remains a candidate for the Big 12, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

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