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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Big East vows unity; Pac-12 and Big 12 remain unchanged — for now


John Marinatto, when the Big East was a much bigger deal. (Stew Milne / AP)
The Pacific-12 isn’t expanding after all. The Big 12 may have a pulse.. Missouri may be going to the SEC, but the SEC denies that. The ACC hasn’t added any teams in over 24 hours.

There’s a small measure of clarity returning to some college conferences, but stability, especially concerning one conference, remains elusive.

What on earth will become of the Big East Conference?

Commissioner John Marinatto told ESPN after a three-hour meeting of presidents and athletic directors that Big East members intend to stay in the conference and to aggressively rebuild after losing Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC over the weekend. Barring a change of heart, Texas Christian is already scheduled to join the Big East next year — college football is in desperate need of Geography 101 — and the conference may look to Navy, Army , the Air Force Academy with Central Florida and East Carolina as second choices.

According to ESPN, reps from the seven remaining Big East schools that have football programs promised to remain members. Never mind those rumors about Rutgers and Connecticut showing interest in the ACC, which must decide whether it will expand to 16 teams.

Marinatto said the Big East intends to enforce a 27-month notice requirement in its bylaws, which means Syracuse and Pitt would not be allowed to depart for the ACC until the 2014-15 academic year.

“It was a positive meeting,” Tim Pernetti, Rutgers’ athletic director, said. “Everybody's committed to going out and recruiting top-level institutions. We will continue to recruit who we've been recruiting.”

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