AP source: Big East focuses on BYU for west wing

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Big East is working hard to add BYU to its west wing.

A person with knowledge of the conference's expansion plans tells The Associated Press that Big East officials have been in discussion with the school to become part of a newly configured 12-team football conference.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because negotiations are supposed to remain confidential.

BYU is in its first season as football independent. If it did move to the Big East it would be for football only. The school's other teams play in the West Coast Conference.

Big East expansion is close to adding as many as seven new members, including Boise State for football only, and SMU, Houston and UCF in all sports.