Air Force, Navy being targeted by Big East

NEW YORK (AP) - A person with knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press that Navy and Air Force are the top choices for Big East expansion, but as football-only members.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the conference does not want to publicly disclose its plans.

The Big East is regrouping after Syracuse and Pittsburgh decided to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Leaders from the Big East football schools and TCU, which is to join the league in 2012, met with Commissioner John Marinatto in Manhattan on Tuesday night. All the league's members, including the nonfootball schools, committed to recruit new members.

Navy is an independent. Air Force plays in the Mountain West Conference.

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