Big East to introduce Boise, 4 other new members

By RALPH D. RUSSO | December 7, 2011 | 11:07 AM EST

The Big East will introduce five new members, including Boise State.

The conference said in a release Wednesday that Commissioner John Marinatto would be joined on a teleconference by the university leaders from Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and Central Florida. The league will announce those five schools are joining the conference in 2013.

South Florida President Judy Genshaft, the chairwoman of the Big East executive committee, will also be on the 5 p.m. EST call with reporters.

The Big East, depleted by the planned departures of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, is trying to rebuild as a 12-team football conference with a western division.

The Big East has also been pursuing Air Force and Navy, but those schools have yet to commit.