PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova says the Big East has informed the school it wants to add its football program to the conference.

The Wildcats compete in the Big East in all other varsity sports except football. Villanova won the FCS national championship last year and would move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Villanova President Peter Donohue wrote a letter to Villanova alumni saying the university will evaluate the opportunity. There was no immediate comment from the Big East.

“This is a complicated issue with numerous, multi-dimensional factors that come into play, and it is important that we investigate scenarios related to making — or not making — such a move,” Donohue wrote.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported Friday that the conference was interested in Villanova.

Donohue did not say when the program would make a decision, but it won’t be until the board of trustees “conducts a careful and complete analysis” of all the factors. Among the decisions would include upgrading their football stadium or finding somewhere else to play.

The Big East has eight teams and adding a ninth would lessen some of the scheduling issues that arise each season.

Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro was not immediately available for comment.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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