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The Conference also fully supports the extensive, thoughtful and thorough process that Villanova is...

The Conference also fully supports the extensive, thoughtful and thorough process that Villanova is utilizing to evaluate its football program. To validate the BIG EAST Conference's support of Villanova and its potential admission as a football program, the Conference has committed to offer financial assistance to cover future costs incurred by Villanova to exploring BIG EAST football membership. In addition and to further demonstrate its support and consideration, the Conference will pledge to waive the football entry fee if Villanova is admitted within the next three years into the Conference as a football playing member, provided that it satisfies the Conference's requirements for membership and the NCAA's requirements for membership. We are confident that Villanova's process will result in an outcome that's in the best interest of the University and its accomplished athletics program.

Not only will Villanova get to join for free, but the Big East has committed to subsidies! This is the outrage of all outrage, and far overshadows the news that Temple will be joining the Big East.

"It's now a dog-eat-dog world in college athletics," he said, "and everyone is acting in their own...

"It's now a dog-eat-dog world in college athletics," he said, "and everyone is acting in their own self-interest. It's not about fit or academics or rivalries. It's about football and money, period." Tranghese said "you can't cast stones" at Pitt or Syracuse because every football school in the Big East "didn't feel secure." He said that through the final years of his tenure in the commissioner's chair, he grew tired of the "belly-aching" from football schools that longed for bigger TV dollars and bowl contracts. "They simply weren't winning enough games and kept pointing the finger at us to get them more money," he said. "The best way to solve their own problems was to win games, but the Big East hasn't been good enough in football. It was an incredible burden."

Like raiding the Atlantic 10 and Conference USA wasn't acting in the Big East's self-interest? Mike Tranghese seems determined to ensure that John Marinatto doesn't go down as the worst commissioner in Big East history. Tranghese already conceded on WFAN that he only cares about Providence College and hates football (reiterated here.) Here's an idea Mike. Maybe Big East football wouldn't have been fatally flawed if they had a commissioner who didn't despise it so much that he tried to give away half of the league to the ACC. Tranghese claimed he retired on WFAN because he couldn't keep the league together, but told the New York Times in 2009 that the Big East was "stable."

We're told that a future Big East football television package is a bit more valuable with Villanova...

We're told that a future Big East football television package is a bit more valuable with Villanova in it than any of the other obvious current options, schools such as Central Florida or Houston. (Not sure if Villanova vs. Temple was included in the projections.)

Here's Mike Jensen again from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Temple vs. Villanova is one huge caveat. The other problems with this reasoning are that the Big East football package may be valuable with nine teams as opposed to ten (there have been no leaks to this effect.) Maybe it's better with eleven or twelve, in which case the football programs would want the non-football voters to back off and admit a pair like UCF and Houston. Also, there's the considerable issue that Villanova isn't exactly thrilled with paying to expand PPL Park, which still would probably be insufficient for a BCS autobid conference. Villanova football to the Big East isn't happening. It's time to let go and move on.

Do not expect a decision this month from the Big East about whether to allow Villanova to upgrade...

Do not expect a decision this month from the Big East about whether to allow Villanova to upgrade its football program. Do not be surprised if this drags into the summer. If Villanova makes the move up, the timetable probably will be moved back by a year.

Villanova is punting on the Big East for now. Mike Jensen can spin this all he wants, but the bottom line is that Villanova was on a deadline until the end of this month if they wanted to join the Big East by 2014. They do not have the votes to join, so Nova is tabling its decision to save face rather than face the embarrassment of a formal rejection. Well done Big East football programs. You successfully fought off a naked power grab by the basketball schools that would have directly stolen money out of your collective pockets. Now to depose Marinatto from the commissioner's office, get some adults in charge to negotiate a television deal, and force a split in some form. Then we'll be going places.
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