Big East Expansion: Conference Unanimously Votes To Double Exit Fee In Aim To Attract Navy, Air Force

On Monday night, the Big East members’ chancellors and presidents voted unanimously, 14-0, to increase the conference’s exit fee to $10 million. It’s a double down by the current members, pushing the fee from $5 to $10 million to convey a commitment in the hopes of attracting new football-playing members.

According to reports, those members are the service academies, Navy and Air Force. The fee increase is contingent upon those two academies joining the conference as football-only members. Navy’s Athletic Director, Chet Gladchuck, addressed the developments with CBSSports’ Brett McMurphy.

"That’s the most important factor, the stability of the core membership," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told CBSSports.com Monday night.

Gladchuk said that the possibility of adding Boise State was significant in Navy’s decision making process. "Absolutely," Gladchuk said. "Anything that helps stabilize the Big East’s automatic BCS berth."

As for Boise State, McMurphy also reported that conference officials were confident about their chances of adding the Broncos.

As of Saturday, the Big East "felt confident about their discussions with Boise State," a college football industry source told CBSSports.com.

The news Monday that Missouri’s move to the SEC was imminent forced SEC hopefuls West Virginia and Louisville to react, committing to the increase to give a show of commitment in the hopes of swelling the Big East’s football ranks. It continues to look like Navy will be one of those schools to oblige the conference’s advances.

For more, head over to our Big East Coast Bias blog and follow this StoryStream.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.