The commissioner of the renamed American Athletic Conference says a decision on where to hold its basketball tournaments could come in the next two weeks.
ESPN has until Thursday to match NBC Sports Network's seven-year, $20-$23 million per year offer to retain the Big East's media rights, league sources told ESPN.
When Syracuse announced last year it was leaving the Big East for the ACC, former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said it "ripped out the heart" of the league's seven Catholic basketball schools.
The seven Big East schools that don't play FBS football have decided to leave the conference and pursue a new basketball framework.
The seven Catholic schools in the Big East have agreed to leave the conference, but Georgetown is not on board with the process of departure, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The Big East is set to add Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, UCF and Houston as it begins to rebuild its league, with an announcement expected as early as Wednesday, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.
The Big East Conference's member presidents voted unanimously Tuesday to extend invitations to football-only and all-sports members.
Cierra Bravard had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Florida State cruised to a 69-51 win over Central Florida.
Ashley Barlow had 17 points, Brittany Mallory scored 16 and No. 3 Notre Dame overcame a slow start to beat Central Florida 85-52 on Tuesday.
Cierra Brevard had 12 points and six rebounds and Courtney Ward had 12 points and six assists to lead Florida State over UCF 70-58.
Alysha Clark had 32 points and 15 rebounds for her 56th career double-double, leading Middle Tennessee (No. 24 AP) to a 78-53 victory over Central Florida on Sunday.
Heather Claytor scored a season-high 17 points while Italee Lucas and Jessica Breeland added 17 each as third-seeded North Carolina beat No. 14 seed UCF 85-80 Saturday in the NCAA tournament's opening round.
Emma Cannon scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Central Florida won the Conference USA tournament with a 65-54 overtime victory over Southern Mississippi on Sunday.
UCF 79, Houston 66
Rachel Allison scored 18 points to help Baylor (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) beat Central Florida 79-67 on Thursday in the Paradise Jam.