Villanova University is expected to make an announcement Tuesday on whether the school will upgrade the football program from Div. 1-AA to Division 1, join the Big East football schools, and to compete for BCS honors.
The Sporting News cites a source indicating that the Board of Trustees will approve the move but there are some significant concerns still on the table.
VU officials, though, would need to expand a significant fundraising endeavor to make the move work. School leaders have been quoted as saying they will need at least $30 million to upgrade facilities, especially its stadium that is not currently ready for major college football.
“From an administrative perspective, the major concern is financial, especially given the economic climate we’re in,” Villanova booster club president Art Condodina told phillynews.com. “If you make that big of an investment, are you going to be able to fulfill the back end of it?”
The good news for University of Louisville football fans is that approval, with the inclusion of TCU in 2012, would clearly shift the balance of power in the league to 10 football schools to seven non-football schools. The estimated timetable is 2015 for Villanova to make the switch.