In a move that came as no surprise, the Big East presidents yesterday officially approved the conference increasing the number of Bowl Subdivision football-playing members from eight to 10.
The vote was unanimous to evaluate the terms and conditions for potential expansion candidates.
"Our board of directors affirmed a set of key strategic initiatives . . . designed to enhance membership stability and maximize our value," commissioner John Marinatto said after the meeting in Philadelphia.
As was first reported by the Daily News in September, Villanova has an invitation to join. The Wildcats have been a member of the Big East for all other sports since 1980-81, its second season.