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Big East to Offer Boise State, Navy, Air Force and UCF; Raise Exit Fee to $10 million

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We interrupt today's joyful Midnight Madness coverage to bring you news that the Big East is being proactive! 

NEW YORK (AP) -- An official in the Big East tells The Associated Press that the conference plans to double its exit fee to $10 million dollars, then invite Boise State, Navy and Air Force as football-only members, and Central Florida as a member in all sports.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Big East had not authorized anyone to speak publicly about its plans, said Commissioner John Marinatto was in Cincinnati meeting with representatives from UCF.  The official said those invites could be out as early as next week.

The Big East said earlier this week it wanted to expand to 12 football schools.

Good news as far as Conference survival goes, and I look forward to casual road trips to Orlando for Hoyas-Knights. No doubt we'll have more on this in the upcoming days, weeks, months, and years, especially since that $10 million exit fee will be chump change for the current Big East schools that are looking to leave for greener pastures.