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The Big East has added seven schools since December, but most of them are planning to join in 2013. Navy is committed to become a football-only member of the Big East in 2015. The Big East was hoping to get one of its future members to join a year early to replace West Virginia. Boise State was the most likely candidate to move up its arrival, but the school announced Wednesday that it will stay in the Mountain West for one more year.
University President Bob Kustra said in a statement there were several discussions about moving football to the Big East and the rest of the sports to the Western Athletic Conference for the 2012-13 school year.
"While there certainly would have been advantages in making the move a year early, it became clear that it would not be fiscally responsible, as all of the expenses associated with early entry into the two conferences would not be covered," Kustra said.
Adding Temple for 2012 would not only allow Big East members to fill West Virginia's spot on their football schedules, it would give the conference another perennially strong basketball program to help make up for the eventual losses of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Pitt and Syracuse have said they won't fight the Big East for an early exit, though Commissioner John Marinatto said after the West Virginia case was settled that the Big East would be open to discussing the Panthers and Orange leaving after the 2012-13 season.
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