Villanova delays vote on Big East football

April, 11, 2011
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The waiting for Villanova will continue, apparently.

The school's board of trustees was expected to vote Tuesday on whether to move up to the FBS and join the Big East for football. But that vote will be delayed because the Big East is not comfortable with the Wildcats' plans, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Big East officials held a conference call Sunday to go over the situation.

According to the story, at least some conference members are concerned over Villanova's stadium issues. The program has planned to use PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union soccer team, which currently holds only 18,500. The stadium could be expanded to about 30,000 but would still be the smallest in the Big East.

All indications were that the Wildcats were ready to vote yes on the move up from the FCS level. It looks now like Villanova will have to either come up with a new stadium plan or convince doubtful Big East members that a 30,000-seat park makes sense. The school's options for a home stadium appear limited, however.

And so the Big East's goal of reaching 10 teams for football remains stuck in neutral for the time being. Even if Villanova were approved as the 10th member today, the Wildcats would not join the league until 2014.

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