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Aztecs committed to Big East future

San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk said Tuesday the Aztecs are committed to a future in the Big East in 2013 despite Rutgers' jump to the Big Ten.

"I can say the Big East took a hit," Sterk said during a weekly news conference streamed on the Internet. "It may take some others, but I can tell you the league will continue to be strong. ... I'm excited about the future and wanted to make sure that was clear and on the direction San Diego State University was taking."

Sterk also essentially ruled out the possibility of staying in the Mountain West Conference, noting he hasn't talked to MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson since May.

Brigham Young is another school frequently mentioned in regards to Big East expansion because the Cougars are independent in football.

Sterk said he would be "in favor" of BYU joining the Aztecs in the Big East, but indicated it is not his role to approach the Cougars. He said BYU has a good program and is "getting significant interest."

BYU officials have declined to comment on all expansion rumors.

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