Air Force Spurns Big East, Decides to Stay in Mountain West

Air Force plans to stay in Mountain West

By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer
      The Air Force Academy will remain in the Mountain West
Conference instead of bolting for the Big East.

      Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, the academy's superintendent, said on
Wednesday that he recently spoke with Big East Commissioner John
Marinatto and informed him of the school's intention to stay put.

      Gould said Air Force is electing to remain in the Mountain West
out of loyalty to the league and keeping alive traditional
rivalries with teams such as Colorado State.

      In this ever-changing landscape of college football, Gould said
this decision sends an “important statement.” He also said, “We
belong out West and for now that's where we're going to stay.”

      The Big East is trying to rebuild after the planned departures
of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
      

      
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