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Google Insights: Villanova football wouldn't deliver Philadelphia

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Google Insights: Villanova football wouldn't deliver Philadelphia

Earliest Villanova FB can join BE is 2015

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Yesterday the Philadelphia Inquirer confirmed an earlier report from the Delaware County Times. Villanova would need to join the Big East by June 1 to start league play in 2014. After June 1 the earliest they could join is 2015. For some reason Brian from VU Hoops keeps reading this as a NCAA requirement but that isn't true. It's a Big East requirement that has remaining consistent through multiple media sources. The NCAA mandates a two year transition from FCS to FBS. The Big East standard for teams transition from FCS is different. UConn had two transition years between starting their FBS upgrade and becoming a full member. They were only allowed to join the Big East after three years (which was originally supposed to be four before the ACC raided the Big East.)

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

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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...

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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.

Villanova-Big East expansion leaks begin to surface

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More on Villanova's football program possibly moving up to join the Big East

Philadelphia media already smearing Rutgers, Pitt

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Philadelphia media already smearing Rutgers, Pitt on rumored Villanova vote.

On April 12, after a regularly scheduled meeting, the university's Board of Trustees is scheduled...

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On April 12, after a regularly scheduled meeting, the university's Board of Trustees is scheduled to announce its decision on whether the school will accept an invitation to join the Big East for football, the conference it has competed in for all other sports for the last 3 decades, and move up to Division I-A.

The April 12 date has been rumored, but was it ever set it stone? As the article notes, there are multiple funding and stadium issue hurdles remaining.

Q: What are the more significant costs/investments involved in a move to FBS? A: Some of the more...

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Q: What are the more significant costs/investments involved in a move to FBS? A: Some of the more significant costs/investments involved in a move to FBS would include: • Improvements to our on-campus football practice/training facilities. The cost of upgrading practice facilities is preliminarily estimated at $35 million (for physical improvements only). • Operational costs involved in an FBS move (above our current net expenditures), such as additional salaries, marketing, and ongoing facility maintenance. Because of competing institutional priorities, many of these investments would need to be fully funded through private gift support from donors. We are conducting financial analyses as well as a feasibility study to assess the implications of such private gift support–especially in terms of opportunity costs. That is, we are seeking to understand if donor support for football initiatives could preclude support for other initiatives at the university; and if so, how and to what extent.

Villanova's president wrote a candid letter today about their football program's potential upgrade to the FBS level. In spite of these daunting financial concerns, Donohue acknowledges that their hand might be forced with so much power and influence being concentrated in the "Big Six" conferences. I think with all the obstacles standing in the way of an upgrade that it probably won't happen in the end.
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