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UConn and Gonzaga both look almost good.

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Happy Thursday, ‘Nova Nation! The Athletics has a cool profile of the Big East and some insight into the rumored expansion process. Val Ackerman confirms that the league has - and may still be - looking into it.

The problem is, they just can’t find that perfect fit. Gonzaga (distance) and UConn (football) seem to be options 1a and 1b, but with legitimate obstacles in the way the conference is standing pat for now.

Makes sense? I think so. They’re only looking for one addition given the desire to keep the home-and-home schedule. If you are going for one, wait for the home run.

And now, the “news.”

Big East Notebook: As others expand conference slate, league is content — for now | The Athletic
Ackerman says she sees the Big East staying at 10 members for the “near-to-medium” term. The Big East can keep the home-and-home format between all of its schools by adding one member. “One-school expansion for us would be the most-likely scenario,” she says.

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