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Villanova's Big East vote delayed

Villanova, PA (Sports Network) - Villanova University's Board of Trustees delayed a vote on Tuesday over a potential move of its Football Championship Subdivision program to the Big East of the Bowl Subdivision.

A university statement on Monday said the Big East needs more time to perform due diligence regarding Villanova's potential football membership.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday there was concern raised by some Big East schools during a conference call Sunday evening regarding Villanova's plan to play most of its home games at PPL Park in Chester, the 18,500-seat home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.

The stadium can be expanded to about 30,000 seats, but it would still remain the smallest in the Big East.

Villanova has focused on playing at PPL Park because its 12,000-seat on-campus stadium is too small for Big East competition.

VUHoops.com reported Thursday that a source close to the situation said the Villanova trustees in favor of a move to the Big East have enough votes to pass the measure.

All of the Wildcats' teams participate in the Big East except for football, which is a member of CAA Football.

If Villanova joins the Big East, it would become the 10th football member of the conference, following TCU's arrival in 2012. Villanova's arrival would likely be in 2014 or '15, following a mandatory two-year provisional period.

04/11 12:14:52 ET



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