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UCF: No contact with Big East

11/3/2010

As the speculation machine starts to swirl about potential teams in the mix to join the Big East, UCF issued a statement Wednesday saying there has been no contact with the league.

Maybe not yet, but you can bet there is significant interest from UCF, which failed in its bid to join the Big East the last time the conference expanded. Instead, cross-state rival USF got the nod, leaving the school waiting for another chance to get into an automatic-qualifying conference.

You can watch my video pointing out why this is a good fit for UCF. The Knights would crawl on their hands and knees to Big East league offices in Rhode Island if it meant getting a bid. The school now has the second-largest enrollment in the nation, a new football stadium, improved facilities, and is bowl eligible for the third time in four years. Though USF has been against adding UCF, there may be a way to smooth over those tensions for the good of the conference.

After all, the Big East needs to survive first and foremost, and adding two more conference members helps. Especially if another team from Florida comes into play.