"Today, our Board of Directors affirmed a set of key strategic initiatives, including expansion, designed to enhance membership stability and maximize our value," stated league commissioner John Marinatto.
According to a statement released by the Big East conference Tuesday, "the Big East presidents agreed that the interests of each of the conference's 16 member institutions would be served by increasing the number of Bowl Subdivision football-playing members to 10."
Big East football expansion has been a hot topic for months around the league. Now, the big question looming for the Big East: Which schools, or school, to pursue?
Villanova, the defending FCS champions and a current Big East member in all sports except football, is considering an invitation to move up their program to the BCS-level and join the Big East football conference.
If the Wildcats accept the Big East's offer, that would leave just one spot available. TCU has widely been reported as a serious candidate for Big East expansion.
The Horned Frogs, a current member of the Mountain West conference, is currently ranked in the BCS Top 5. They would be considered a home run addition for the league, especially considering their recent on-field success, Dallas-Fort Worth television market, and fertile Texas recruiting grounds.
Marinatto said the league will refrain from commenting further on the expansion process.