The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees voted Friday to give the school's president the authority to negotiate a potential new conference affiliation for the university's athletics program.

According to a news release from UCF, the school has not received an invitation to join another conference.

If UCF receives an invitation, however, the board's vote gives President John C. Hitt the authority to negotiate a contract for a new conference affiliation and cancel the current conference affiliation contract.

"This vote represents the next step in our process of pursuing the best possible conference affiliation for our university," UCF spokesman Grant J. Heston said.

Several media outlets have connected UCF to the Big East, which is going through a transition period after Syracuse and Pittsburgh decided to move to the ACC.