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Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:40 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 7:05 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It wasn't even two weeks ago that no less an authority than Boise State president Bob Kustra said it was "too late" for the Broncos to consider moving to the Big East for the 2012 season. But with West Virginia now officially out the Big East door, Broncos officials admitted Wednesday that the school is in active talks with the league about joining this fall after all--and actively searching for the money that would make it happen.

Bronco athletic director Mark Coyle told the Idaho Statesman that though the final amount to get Boise out of the Mountain West and into the Big East -- and the WAC, where the Broncos' Olympic sports teams are headed -- "changes by the minute," there is "a sense of urgency" for the school to reach a decision soon.

“With the departure of West Virginia, it’s created this talk about somebody jumping to the Big East. We have had those conversations, but it’s not a simple black and white answer,” Coyle said. “Yes, we want to make sure that football has a solid home, but we have to have a solid home for our 18 other sports ...  Before we make any move, we need to make sure we cover all our expenses."

Those expenses are estimated to be between $7.5 and $9 million in exit fees due the Mountain West, and possibly an entry fee due the WAC to accommodate the Olympic teams on short notice. But just as West Virginia's exit has created a hole in the Big East schedule that the Broncos could fill, so the Broncos' future league could re-route the $10 million the Mountaineers are paying in their own exit fees -- or the potential $9 million in revenues the league plans on withholding from WVU -- to the MWC or WAC to help grease the skids for Boise's arrival.

Despite the potential hiccups, with Boise interested in speeding up their arrival, the Big East desperate to avoid a season with only seven football teams (just ask Syracuse and Rutgersand the necessary cash hypothetically available, it will now be a surprise if the Broncos don't make the leap this offseason. One potential monkey wrench, however: the Mountain West-Conference USA merger, which could in turn destabilize the reeling WAC and leave the Bronco Olympic sports high and dry. Coyle called the merger a "new twist in the conversation."

But as the expansion experience of the Mountaineers (as well as schools like Missouri) have shown, where there's a will to expedite the conference-jumping process, there's usually a way. That the Broncos now publicly have the former and a game-plan for the latter, it's not hard to imagine them going from "too late" to "already there" in a matter of weeks.

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Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:27 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

Let Boise St. join the Big East, whatever it takes...can you imagine a seven-team conference sending possibly a 7-5 or 8-4 team to a BCS game? At least Boise St. will have a shot at 10+ wins and send a respectable team to the BCS until the calvary comes in 2013-14...

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:46 am

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

As long as the scheduling lines up and the money is there, they should go for it.  No reason to hang around and let the Big East limp through a season of 7 teams while playing a lame duck season in a conference that no one can watch.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:24 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

Not impossible at all -- the NCAA gives FBS conferences a two-year "grace period" to reconstitute their membership above the minimum threshold of 8 after they've fallen below it. Unless there's a specific covenant in the BCS contract that supersedes this rule, the Big East won't have a problem since they're only threatened with being at 7 for the 2012 season and are completely set after that.

What should concern the Big East, however, is that every single school that made the Big East an attractive BCS partner conference has long since flown the coop. Certainly Rutgers isn't going to add any value to the conference from a national-brand perspective -- and I'm a Rutgers alum. I'm going to presume that the BCS is going to completely implode after the current contract expires. Now that there's a floating national championship game that's analogous to the Super Bowl and there are no obstacles to conference champions by-passing their tie-in bowl in order to play in that game, there's no purpose to the rest of the BCS anymore. The bowls will be content to tie-in with their logical regional parters and no longer be forced to chose from force-fed champions that they don't want (e.g., UCONN to the Fiesta).

That said, the Big East will still be fine at 7 teams in 2012.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:20 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

I can understand why the Big East must have Boise State, or some other team jump over this season.  It would be nearly impossible for them to keep their AQ status with a 7 team conference.  The Big East can use the monies paid to them by West Virgina and the Big 12 to help Boise State jump to the Big East.  If this is to be done, it had better be done quickly.  Teams are running out of time to start looking for replacement games.

Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:41 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

I think they should look for some money to change that field just sayin!

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:34 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

chill dude.  i am not blasting on the big east.   no, they don't 'have to' change the name. 

Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:30 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

So when is the Big12 going to change their conference name to the Middle10+1?

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:40 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

and another thing, anybody who concludes their post with the term "just sayin" should really be publically hung in their respective town square

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:38 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

why does everybody always say the big east has to change their name but never mention the big 10 has 12 teams or the big 12 has 10 teams or the atlantic 10 had 47 teams or the SouthEastConference includes teams that arent in the south or the east or that Colorado is nowhere near the Pacific. but no its always some dope saying "uh the big east should be called the big least! get it least sounds like east? get it? get it?" or "well i guess sandiego state is east...of hawaii! yuk yuk" it wasnt funny the first two hundred times and its not funny now. enough.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:23 pm

Boise looks to "cover expenses" for Big East leap

Isn't SDSU in the MWC, not the WAC?   someone that the WAC is danger too?   any merit to that statement?    anywho, I see a 10 conference future:

Big Mountain/Country (fusion of the USA and MWC)
Western something / great west / new WAC
American Athletic Conf (new big east)

obviously the other 5 would stay the same.   ND and BYU should join a conference.   stop going it alone and getting to cherry pick your schedules from a bunch of different conference.

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