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Big East Realignment: Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, Central Florida, SMU

| by Alex Groberman

The college football landscape has changed dramatically over the last year, but don't get too comfortable with the current layout just yet.

According to the Associated Press, the Big East is preparing to announce the additions of Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, Central Florida and SMU. The latter three schools will participate in all conference sporting events, whereas Boise State and San Diego State will be football-only members.

The schools will reportedly join in 2013.

Earlier this year, the Big East looked to be on the verge of collapse when three of its schools opted to move and TCU -- who by all indicators was prepared to join -- decided to accept an invite to the Big 12. Pittsburgh and Syracuse, of course, accepted invitations to the ACC, and West Virginia opted for greener pastures in the Big 12.

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Commissioner John Marinatto has said that he would hold all three current Big East schools in the conference for at least two more football seasons. Despite the fact that they have indicated a strong desire to move on, Syracuse and Pittsburgh have said that they will abide by conference rules if that is what is demanded of them. West Virginia, on the flip side, has sued the Big East and appears adamant in its desire to join the Big 12 as soon as possible so that it can be the conference’s official replacement for Missouri.

The Big 12 needs 10 teams in order to meet the requirements set forth by the conference’s TV contracts.

In an effort to revitalize the conference and reassure all that death and destruction isn’t imminent, the Big East has also sought out Air Force and Navy, as per that same Associated Press report. To date, both military academies have not yet committed.

The Big East will begin to negotiate a new TV deal in 2012.

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