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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 CBSSports.com.

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 CBSSports.com. 

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 CBSSports.com'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 CBSSports.com 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.
Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

The fact that ECU is left out of the convrsation proves how short sighted conference expansion is.  The Pirates have a tremendous program that would add to any conference, especially a league like the Big East.  The sad part is at the moment the criteria has switched to what's your W-L record TODAY.  Truly a bad way to make these decisions.  

Let just throw away their attendance, facilities, fan support, 2 Conference chamionships and the rest because right this minute their record is 1-4.  Oh does anyone realize that 3 of the loss are to Top 25 teams and the 4th is against instate rival UNC-Chapel Hill.  

The terrible part since I'm an ECU fan is that the "Haves" will continue to keep "have-nots" out of the picture.  ECU is a top non-AQ school and has done everything asked the last few years to garner their school a chance at an AQ conference membership.  The BCS is a fraud perpetuated by a "good old boy" mentality.  Hey ESPN, start reporting on games and stop setting the agenda of college football.



Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

The notion that schools in Idaho, Colorado, and Texas will play sports in a conference named "Big East" is totally disgusting. The artificiality of this potential alliance is self-evident. It's a shame to watch the FBS prostitute itself like this. I weep for the fans and the alumni.




Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

So sick of SEC bs.  If you think so, why don't you invite some of these schools into your conference and actually SEE how they do?  Put your money where your mouth is.  Instead, you invite A&M, who hasn't really competed in Big 12 in years.  And Mizzou?  Please. 

No doubt SEC is a power, but you also have Vandy, Ole Miss, Miss St, Kentucky.  Combined overall record = 13-14.  Wow, you are so great.  And Tennessee, while I like Dooley, is dogshlt...even when they cheat.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

If the Big East really does this, then every team in this new revamped Big East will have been to at least one bowl game, if not two within the last two seasons.  They might not have the SEC top heaviness, but they wouldn't have the Vandy, Indiana, Wazzu, ISU, or Duke, either.  That would be a solid conference top to bottom:
EAST - Connecticut, Navy, Rutgers, UCF, USF, West Virginia
WEST - Air Force, Boise State, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, SMU
Awesome!!



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

No, h--l no.  How about getting Notre Lame to finally step up.  If and only if ND joins current football members stay and Boise St. is added will the BE be even considered an AQ conference.  WVU is already looking to get out and they are the glue that is holding this piece of s--- conference together as it is.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

VolsRBack...... You don't know what you're talking about.  Seems to me you have enough to worry about with your VOLS, and most likely the VOLS would be in the bottom half of the BIG EAST this year with the way they have played so far. The VOLS are a farce in the SEC.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

It doesnt matter who you add its still going to be a weak conference,other then W.Virginia and if Boise St. joins,that is all they will have.It will still be a joke if they get an automatic bid to a BCS game,because the schedules will be so weak compaired to the MAJOR conferences.Please dont say they deserve one because a one or two loss SEC school deserves it more then an undefeated Big East team.




Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

add SMU and Houston...Package deal. Both markets, travel partners, natural rivalry; makes the most sense.  Gives AFA and Boise shorter trips as well, and really creates a good looking "western" division of the big east.  UH is ranked 25, SMU is #34, Boise is usually top 10 and AFA is strong as well. 

Make it happen.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

GREAT GREAT news for the BIG EAST CONFERENCE !  NOW everyone needs to get together to have a super BE Football Conference, and work toether to have 12 good football schools.  WVU can be a LEADER in making this happen !!


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