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Villanova voting on football upgrade Tuesday

VUhoops reported several details earlier in the week about the planned Board of Trustees vote on upgrading Villanova's football program to the FBS level, and eventually joining the Big East for football. It remains unclear what role the Big East conference and football member schools will have over the looming vote. With any luck the move will not happen. Villanova will have to spend millions upgrading its facilities and adding scholarships. They are a small private university. Can they really undertake this upgrade without expecting a heavy financial subsidy from a football conference already reeling on that front? Does anyone expect any additional television revenues to make up the difference there? With the Big East football conference struggling for respect and credibility, is adding a FCS program years away from being competitive really the ideal solution here? How in any way, shape, or form is it a good idea to add a team that wants to play its games in a 18,500 seat soccer stadium? Tim Pernetti and his fellow athletic directors at the Big East's all-sports programs should do everything in their power to prevent Villanova joining for football. Update: this article from Rivals now appears to be unlocked.

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