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Villanova's Big East decision approaches

Villanova, PA (Sports Network) - Villanova University's Board of Trustees is expected to vote on Tuesday whether to move its football program up to the Bowl Subdivision by accepting an offer to join the Big East Conference. reported Thursday a source close to the situation said the trustees in favor of the move have enough votes for the measure to pass on Tuesday.

The move is contingent on Villanova, through substantial fundraising, being able to offset the move from the Football Championship Subdivision, where it won the 2009 national title under longtime head coach Andy Talley.

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.

The board of trustees' decision is likely to be announced at a news conference on campus.

Villanova would be the first private university to upgrade from the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) to the FBS, according to

04/07 15:47:15 ET