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Big East considering model for 12 football schools

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 29: Demetris Murray #21 of the South Florida Bulls carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on September 29, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty/Justin K. Aller

The Big East released statement from commissioner John Marinatto on Monday after a teleconference with Big East presidents and chancellors:

"On a teleconference earlier today, our Presidents and Chancellors authorized the BIG EAST Conference to engage in formal discussions with additional institutions and are considering moving to a model that includes 12 football playing schools."

With Pittsburgh and Syracuse heading to the ACC and TCU expected to announce later on Monday its move to the Big 12, the Big East will be left with just six football-playing schools. According to Monday's statement, the Big East will look to add six football -playing schools. That's a big number.

So which schools will get an invite?

According to this story in the Denver Post, Air Force has strong interest in joining the Big East for football. There has been speculation that the Big East could also pursue Army and Navy.

A story in the Boston Globe reports that the Big East is looking at a plan with Boise State, Air Force and Navy joining for football, and Temple and Central Florida joining for all sports.

One school that could have a big impact on realignment is Missouri. If Missouri stays in the Big 12, the conference would have 10 schools (with the expected announcement by TCU). Perhaps the Big 12 stays at 10 for now and doesn't expand in the near future.

Missouri has been linked to the SEC. If Missouri stays in the Big 12, the SEC would have 13 schools with the addition of Texas A&M and it's likely the conference would eventually expand to 14.

Would the Big 12 pursue a school like Boise State if Missouri leaves? Would the SEC want a current Big East school to join its conference if Missouri stays in the Big 12?

Plenty of unanswered questions as the college landscape continues to change at a rapid pace.

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