BYU football: Big East hung up on 14th member

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our Take: Will the BYU football team give up its independence? ESPN reports that the Big East may decide to pursue BYU as a football-only member of the conference. A previous deal fell apart last November when the Cougars refused to give up their home game TV rights.

"The Big East is divided over whether to pursue Air Force or BYU as its 14th football member, while another option the conference is considering is creating a 16-team football league by adding Army, Air Force and BYU, industry and league sources told ESPN.

"On Thursday, recently hired Big East commissioner Mike Aresco reiterated in Tampa, Fla., that the conference will add a 14th football member, echoing comments that former commissioner John Marinatto made months ago that it would add another member from out West to get to 14 teams."

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