PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Big East will invite Boise State, Navy, and Air Force for football only, and SMU, Houston, and Central Florida for all sports.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity today because the conference was not ready to announce which schools its members had voted to extend invitations to in the upcoming days.

Commissioner John Marinatto (in photo) declined to give specifics of the Big East’s plan after meeting with the league’s presidents this morning at the Airport Marriott Hotel in South Philadelphia.  He did say he expected the schools to accept.

He acknowledged that the league is moving west and reiterated that Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia will not be allowed to leave for their new conferences until July 2014.

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