The Big East finally has itself a football conference.

Tuesday it will announce formation of the eight-team league bringing together Big East basketball members Syracuse, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Miami with football independents Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"There are absolutely no surprises," Commissioner Mike Tranghese said. "It will be exactly what you are hearing."

He said football league play will start in 1991. He has said the new schools would play only as football members. The Big East's other members -- Connecticut, Georgetown, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova -- don't play Division I-A football.

Tranghese's next job will be to get a bowl affiliation. . . .

Football coach George Perles likely won't continue in his other role as athletic director at Michigan State when his one-year trial in the dual roles expires June 30.

Five of eight members of the university's governing board told the Associated Press they are opposed to having Perles hold both jobs. Composition of the board has changed some since the controversial 5-3 vote a year ago that gave him the trial run with no extra pay. Perles, the Spartans' coach for eight years now, requested the athletic director role after negotiating with the NFL's New York Jets for their coaching job.