Friday, September 10, 2010

Villanova considering move to Big East in football

Villanova is reportedly studying a proposal to join the Big East Conference in football.

"The Big East very recently communicated its interest in adding Villanova as a football member," athletic director Vince Nicastro told the Philadelphia Daily News on Thursday. "As a result, we have decided to embark on an in-depth evaluation of this opportunity."

Villanova currently plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, where it is ranked second in the nation in The Sports Network/ FCS Top-25 College Football Poll. The Wildcats won the national title a year ago.

The biggest roadblocks for Villanova joining the Big East would be funsing and its home field. The university would need to commit to 22 more football scholarships as well as a similiar number for various women's athletic programs due to Title IX requirements. Meanwhile, Villanova stadium currently seats 12,000, 3,000 less than the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision minimum.

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