Sunday's meeting nevertheless empowers the conference to add to the membership. Navy and Air Force are the schools most commonly mentioned as additions since last month, mostly because they would join only on the football side. However, serious thought will go to adding more than two schools and targeting Houston, Central Florida and Temple as all-sports members. Villanova, a Big East member with a Football Championship Subdivision football program, will remain in the discussion, as well.
Luck spoke on the Big East Network Saturday as the 16th-ranked Mountaineers beat Bowling Green 55-10. He suggested Big East solidarity was attainable and that WVU would be interested because the conference could retain the BCS automatic qualifier status. Luck said that was "hugely important" to current and prospective members.
"Let's be honest, the reason TCU wants to be in this league so badly is that they think it's an easier path to the national championship than it is going through Norman, Okla., or Austin, Texas or Stillwater, Okla., and playing some of their regional schools out there," Luck said. "So we've got some quality schools that are very interested in getting involved, including both Air Force and Navy. It's no secret there. I think both of those institutions are academically excellent, very important nationally and also, I think we all can agree, they play some pretty good football.
"In fact, I would trade Air Force or Navy for Syracuse every day of the week in terms of the quality of the football program. No disrespect, but that's just an observation I think most would agree with who understand football."
Luck admitted Big East football had "slipped" in recent years, but said the conference could emerge from this round of expansion and be as good as the Atlantic Coast Conference or the Pac-12. Until then, Luck said there's nothing the people in his position can do but focus on making that happen.
"Every athletic director that's not in the SEC or the ACC or the Big Ten or the Pac-12 I think is really worried," he said. "There's a lot of movement and a ton of moving parts. It's almost like a chess game, so we're all a little bit concerned and certainly those of us in the Big East are concerned."
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