There hasn’t been a whole lot to report on Air Force’s realignment decision lately. No decision has been made. Not much has changed since a couple weeks ago when I wrote the decision was up in the air and superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould might be leaning towards staying in the Mountain West.
BYU is being courted by the Big East, but that doesn’t seem to directly affect Air Force. The Big East has five football-playing members, and there have been seven schools connected to Big East expansion rumors: Air Force, Navy, Boise State, BYU, SMU, Houston and Central Florida. If BYU joins the Big East, that would perhaps ease some Big East stability concerns for Air Force and also make a proposed Western Division stronger. BYU wouldn’t necessarily take Air Force’s spot in the Big East if it expands to 12 teams, but the Cougars would guarantee a western team to partner with Boise State, which Boise State has said is vital for it to make the jump to the Mountain West. Air Force’s indecision means the Big East had to look at other schools to make sure it had a western partner for the Broncos.
Air Force wants to wait on a decision until after the football season ends, to avoid distractions to the team. Considering nobody has been officially invited to the conference and some things still are up in the air, the academy might be able to hold off for a couple more weeks.