Score two for Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese.
After landing Miami, he now has the football league he needs to keep four of the conference's schools from defecting.The Big East will announce the details Tuesday in Providence. Tranghese wouldn't talk details but has been courting Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia and Virginia Tech to join Miami, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Boston College of the Big East.
All have competed as football independents outside their current leagues.
"There are absolutely no surprises," Tranghese said Sunday. "It will be exactly what you are hearing."
The Big East football league would start play next fall. The new schools would compete in the league only in football and not in basketball.
The Big East's other members - Connecticut, Georgetown, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova - don't play Division I-A football.
In every sport except football, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia compete in the Atlantic 10. Virginia Tech is in the Metro Conference.
When Tranghese took over the Big East in July from Dave Gavitt after 11 years as Gavitt's assistant, he said keeping its four major football teams was going to be a challenge.
Other leagues were shopping for new members and television contracts increasingly were going to leagues, not independents. The Big East teams competed independently in football.
Miami, with a struggling basketball program but consistently one of the nation's top-ranked football teams, joined the Big East last October and will begin competing in all sports next year.
The news was welcomed at Boston College, which has sought to regain some of the visibility it had while quarterback Doug Flutie was there in the early 1980s.
With a conference "you're always going for a championship. As an independent you might have a good record but you might not have anything to show for it," sports information director Reid Oslin said.