On Wednesday, Marinatto and associate commissioner Nick Carparelli visited Air Force officials in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Thursday visited Boise State officials in Boise.
"We appreciate the effort John Marinatto is putting forth stabilizing the Big East," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said Friday morning. "We're in the bullpen watching this unfold, doing our due diligence waiting for the dust to settle. When it does, we'll decide what is best for Navy." With the loss of West Virginia, the Big East would need a 12th member. Sources have told CBSSports.com that the Big Eastís potential Western schools are in favor of adding BYU. Itís unknown if the Cougars would be interested, but the fact the Big 12 will stay at 10 schools may increase BYU's chances of joining the Big East as a football-only member.
Temple also is a very strong candidate as the 12th member.
The Big East could extend official invitations next week. The leagueís presidents are scheduled to meet with Marinatto in Philadelphia on Tuesday.