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Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 7:11 pm
Once divided on whether to invite Boise State, the Big East is now united on extending an invitation to the Broncos, along with Air Force, Navy and UCF, college football industry sources told

Boise State, Air Force and UCF have indicated they are receptive to joining the Big East. Navy is prepared to also commit once a higher exit fee has been established, sources said. The official invitations to UCF, Boise State, Air Force and Navy could be extended as early as next week. 

Big East representatives, including Commissioner John Marinatto, met with UCF officials Friday in Cincinnati. On Thursday, Boise State and a Big East representative spoke via telephone about the Broncos joining the Big East.

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson and C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky confirmed Friday that Boise State, Air Force and UCF have had contact with the Big East.

On Sunday or Monday the Big East's presidents and chancellors are expected to vote and approve an increased exit fee of at least $10 million for football members. That’s double the current amount ($5 million), but less than what Marinatto proposed in an Oct. 2 meeting. In that meeting there were discussions to increase the exit fee to “150 percent of the gross revenues received by a departing team in its final year in the league,” according to league documents obtained by 

That figure would have been between $12 million and $15 million.

The addition of Boise State would be significant in helping the Big East retain its status as an automatic qualifying BCS league when the new BCS cycle begins in 2014.

The Broncos, ranked No. 5 in this week's AP poll, are among college football's winningest programs, with a 71-5 record since 2006.

"I believe Boise and Air Force are gone [to the Big East]," a source familiar with the Mountain West told's Dennis Dodd.

With the expected addition of Boise State, Air Force, Navy and UCF and the defections of TCU, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, that would leave the football membership at 10 schools, two shy of the 12 members the league said on Monday it was seeking.

Houston, SMU and Temple are being considered for the final two spots. However, one source said Houston and SMU are expected to get the final two spots because of Villanova’s concerns about adding Temple into the league.

Boise State, Air Force and Navy would join as football-only members. UCF, Houston and SMU would join as full members. Thompson, of the Mountain West, said that Boise State and Air Force would not be allowed to keep its non-football schools in the Mountain West if they left for the Big East.

The Mountain West source also told that the addition of Boise State, Air Force, Navy and UCF are, in terms of market, TV and football value, would be at least even with Syracuse, Pittsburgh and TCU.

A BCS source said the Big East has been given no sign from BCS officials that adding those teams would help it keep its automatic bid.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:54 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

if there is a way for the fat spagetti hanger in rhode island to screw things up you can bet he will. kow-towing to the basketball schools once again by excluding temple is the type of move that has put him in this position. the big east football schools have been done a disservice by their "leadership". The conferences these teams are leaving behind are better than the future big east without wvu, louisville and whoever else can find a better landing spot. just die already marinetto big east

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:53 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

green - you are so wrong on this.  ND has their own arrangment with BCS bid and with certain conditions be able to take certain of the nonBCS bowls from a BE team - that's how we kept thos e lesser bowls.  The BE without ND was an AQ bid - no conditions.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:52 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Why not Go?  That's basically what the ACC did when they chose Pitt.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:51 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

ECU is not a great move.  East Carolina is exactly where they belong, they cannot even win Conference USA.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:48 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

The Big East is making a huge mistake if they pass on East Carolina University again.  This school has a huge fan base that is as loyal as any in the country.  Their attendance figures are either tops or near the top in their conference, even when the team isn't the best.  I graduated from an ACC school and rival to the Pirates(NC State), but they deserve to be in an AQ conference.  The schools mentioned in the big TV markets don't garnver the fan support that ECU does.  Does the Big East really want an also ran from a big city instead of a passionate 50k strong rocking stadium of supporters in a smaller TV Market?  Big mistake Big East, big mistake!

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:43 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

no ECU?!?!

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:42 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

I wanted the BE to pick up ECU back in 2003.  I believe they should have gone to a 12 team conference with a championship back then.  I think the reason ECU is not being mentioned in these talks is the same reason WVU isn't getting looked at by the other expanding conferences.  Even though they have a great program, it's TV market isn't attractive enough.  If ECU was in Charlotte the ACC and Big East would probably be fighting over them.  So I guess in a way geography does matter after all.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:33 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

They are completely ignoring us and moving the bar even though we are the only unversity to man up and put in an application in writing rather than working behind smoke and mirrors.  As mentioned before, it's all about TV markets and basketball controls the BE (at least that's the operating premise we have been told time and time and time again). They love SMU and Houston because of the market. Ditto for UCF. The Boise TV market is 113 (we're 101) and no way the BE basketball schools want to travel there and back (if all sports invite). It's ok for the armed services to have eyeballs on the TV from all over the Country, but we're told our dma is just our college Town of Greenville. Sour purple grapes - yes (sorry); and I'm not faulting the universities that do get in at all - good for them.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:32 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

I don't dispute the fact that Notre Dame can get an at large bid, but they can also claim the Big East bid, that's how the Big East kept from losing it in 2003, and that's why they won't kick Notre Dame out of the conference.  Even with the ND association the Big East lost it's tie to the Gator Bowl.  If they disassociate with them they will lose the AQ BCS, period.  Otherwise I would agree that it's a no brainer to get rid of them.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:30 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Fallacy #1: “Notre Dame is preferred in the BCS selection process.”

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gt; must finish higher than some conference champions each year.

In the three years Notre Dame played in BCS games, the Irish finished higher in the final BCS standings than Big Ten champion Purdue (2000-01), Big East champion West Virginia and <acronym title="Atlantic Coast Conference"><acronym title="Atlantic Coast Conference">ACC</acronym></acronym
> champion Florida State (2005-06) and Big 12 champion Oklahoma and ACC champion Wake Forest (2006-07).

Notre Dame has never been selected for any BCS games when they have lost more than two games in a season. In ten of the eleven years, BCS conference teams have played a BCS bowl with three losses or more—more than any Notre Dame BCS team.

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