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Another Roadblock For 'Nova
It’s already been a month since the April 12th deadline when Villanova was expected to vote on a jump from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Big East conference, and it still doesn’t appear the school is any closer to making the necessary moves to supporting a Football Bowl Subdivision program.
Sources close to both the Big East and Villanova have told the Philadelphia Inquirer that a decision likely isn’t going to be made until at least June 1st, which would mean the Wildcats would not be able to join the Big East until 2015 because the NCAA mandates a 2-year transition period for moving up to the FBS.
Shortly before the April deadline, Villanova University president Rev. Peter Donohue expressed his frustration and determination to develop a solution to the program’s dilemma.
“I know that many of you may be frustrated with the Big East’s timeline. I share your feelings. As information becomes available, I will share it with you. Moving forward, I am committed to strengthening our impressive tradition and ensuring that it thrives to benefit Villanova for generations to come. This will be our shared legacy . . . Villanova will determine its own legacy,” said Donohue in an e-mail to alumni, faculty and students.
The Big East has already added Texas Christian, who will join the conference in all sports starting in 2012. There have also been rumors that the Big East may – or should – add Central Florida, Houston and/or Memphis.
The Big East extended on offer for Villanova to join the conference in football in September of 2010.
By MetroNews Sports