Shortly after RB Stacey Bedell committed to the Villanova Wildcats and Head Coach Andy Talley, ESPN is now reporting that Bedell is claiming that the Villanova coaching staff told him that the school will announce a move up to FBS football this September.
Bedell committed to Villanova -- a program that won the 2010 FCS national championship -- last Friday, one day after Villanova made its offer. He said Villanova's possible move to the FBS level was a big factor in his decision. He was also considering Army, James Madison, Fordham and Stony Brook.
"It's a great academic school and they told me they're announcing in September that they're going [FBS]," Bedell said. "I wanted to prove to everyone that I can play at that level."
This comes shortly after Temple Owls Head Coach Steve Addazio was lambasted by Villanova fans everywhere for reportedly telling recruits that Temple was moving to the Big East shortly. The coaching staff denied such claims.
One thing is for sure - Villanova is in a better position to move to the Big East than Temple currently is (you know, because they actually had an official invite) but nobody really knows how this is going to play out just yet. Maybe the 'Nova coaching staff knows something we don't. It's surely not impossible, but right now it's hard to believe.
A couple of weeks ago, Villanova announced it would play Delaware this at PPL Park this coming season, the proposed future FBS home for Villanova. It's widely thought that this will serve as an audition for the Big East.
Finger point to Big East Coast Bias for the original pickup.