When TCU joins the Big East in 2012, the league will have nine programs competing in football. Villanova is a possibility for number ten.
But South Florida head coach Skip Holtz believes the Big East should look at going to twelve teams. The former East Carolina head coach from 2005-2009, Skip Holtz believes that East Carolina is a perfect fit.
During an interview with Pirate Radio 1250, Holtz explained, “I think we need to look hard at going to 12. Is that where we're going? Are we going to 12? And if we're going to 12 and we're going to add three, then I would love to see East Carolina as one of the additions in this league.”
“I have fond memories of East Carolina and my time here in Greenville. I look at their fanbase and their following and the support they have here, and being located here in the Carolinas, I think East Carolina can pick up and really grow into the program Virginia Tech has become, with the opportunity to be in a (league) like the Big East.”
“It's one of the things I'd love to see happen. It's going to be really interesting to see how this is going to play out here over the next couple of months, but I think it's definitely something the Big East needs to look at and consider."
ESPN’s Brian Bennett writes, “The Pirates have a dedicated fan base and a program that has been pretty consistently solid. It's not in a big market but could bring some attention in the Carolinas. On the flip side, have you ever tried to get to Greenville, N.C.?”
UCF and Houston are other realistic candidates.