(EAST HARTFORD, CONN) — The Big East Conference wants to add a 14th football team, newly appointed Big East commissioner Mike Aresco annonuced on Thursday night.
Aresco also confirmed that the conference is planning to have a championship game after next season.
West Virginia left the Big East for the Big 12 conference beginning this season. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are leaving for the ACC beginning next season.
The completely revamped Big East conference will include Boise State and San Diego State for football, as well as Central Florida, SMU, Memphis, and Houston for all sports.
Temple also joined this year in all sports, immediately replacing West Virginia.
Navy will also join for football only in 2015, bringing the total number of teams to 13.
Aresco’s ultimate goal as commissioner is to make sure the Big East is recognized as one of the top six football conferences in the nation.
“You have a pretty huge divide now between our conference and anything below us, and almost no gap between us and what they are calling the Big Five,” Aresco said. “We say it’s the Big Six. I’m not going to yield on that at all.”
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Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
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