Source: Big East calls off football meet

Updated: October 26, 2011, 5:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Big East has called off a meeting at which the possibility of a nationwide football superconference was to be discussed, a source told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the meeting, between officials from the Big East, the Mountain West and Conference USA, was to take place Wednesday. The MWC and C-USA already have agreed to a two-conference football association with a scheduling agreement and championship game, starting in 2012 or 2013.

But the source, who has direct knowledge of the meeting, told Katz the Big East called the Mountain West on Tuesday and canceled the meeting.

The Big East, beset by the defections of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, TCU's decision to join the Big 12 and the possible departure of West Virginia to the Big 12 -- which is now on hold, sources tell ESPN's Joe Schad -- has its eye on teams in the Mountain West and Conference USA for expansion, according to sources.

The Big East's plan was to send conditional invitations to Houston, Southern Methodist and Central Florida of Conference USA for all sports, and to Air Force and Boise State of the Mountain West for football only, a source said. The conference also plans to add Navy as a football-only member, though that has not been made public by the league.

Louisville also is lobbying the Big 12 to be included in its expansion, sources told Schad.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad was used in this report.

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