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Aside from Boise State, Navy and Air Force also have been targeted as football-only members by the Big East, and the league is considering Temple from the Mid-American Conference and Central Florida and East Carolina from Conference USA as members in all sports.
SMU and Houston from CUSA also are possibilities, allowing the Big East to regain the presence in Texas it thought it was going to have with TCU.
Having the Texas schools, along with Air Force, which is in Colorado Springs, Colo., in a western division of the league, would give Boise State some reasonable road trips. The closest current Big East football member to Boise, Idaho, is Louisville -- 1,879 miles away.
Last week, TCU reneged on its decision to join the Big East in 2012 and instead joined the Big 12.
The official said Boise State has concerns about the commitment of the Big East's current members.
The Big 12 could be in the market to expand again, especially if Missouri leaves for the Southeastern Conference, and Louisville and West Virginia are among the schools it would consider adding.
Also, UConn has interest in joining the ACC if that league expands past the 14 it will have when Pitt and Syracuse join. The Big East has said it will hold Pitt and Syracuse to the league's 27 months' notification rule and the two will not be allowed to join the ACC until 2014.
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