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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.
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Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

I know Army has not had a great record for some time - but always figured that  Navy & Army were kind of a matched set - and if you wanted one, you had to take the other too.




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Totally agree!



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Here's to hoping Hawaii is invited to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Three cheers for all the Geography specialists!



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:54 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

I can understand 'Nova feeling threatened by Temple.   Recruits pick 'Nova over Temple because it's a bigger stage in the Big East. If Temple becomes part of the Big East it takes away Nova's competitive recruiting edge over Temple.
Recruits don't only pick Villanova because it's a bigger stage in the Big East than what Temple can currently offer. 

Villanova itself is just a way better basketball program than Temple. And I don't know Temple's basketball coach, but I'm almost 100% positive I'd rather play for Jay Wright.


Temple is just a poor man's college in an area with bars on the windows. 


Temple football would also just be another medicore school to add to the Big East to fill a whole. It won't assure a BCS bid. The Big East will still likely lose their BCS affiliation even if all of these schools were to sign that the Big East invited. 


Shouldn't a team have to be at least CLOSE to the name of the division they are in or represent? How is a team from IDAHO considered "Big East"? This reshuffling is a joke, nothing to do with the game, breaking up rivalries, and all for $$$$ F U college football.......
One would think so. I agree. 
 



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:47 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Would Boise actually be better off ? Football OK, but how about the other sports that now have to travel across the country on flights to compete in conf. games and meets. Sounds like a money loser to me. Some of the schools need to realize that the loss of state and regional rivalries means a loss of fan interest over time. Just ask some of the schools that have had this situation for a while like Houston. Not a big draw playing East Carolina.



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:28 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

And also, Villanova would NEVER build a solid football program if Temple were also in the Big East. It's clear that TU right now has the more established football program.  It's one big game of Big Brother.   It's petty, and it's a little disturbing as a Temple grad, but Nova's "veto" makes sense.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:27 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

So I guess the BE has to hope Rutgers actually turns into a consistently strong program in order to get any kind of TV ratings.  I guess Houston - if they come - could give them some ratings.  Not much else left to draw upon.  Pittsburgh market will start tuning out the WVU games once the ACC games are in the market.  Just a shame, at one time this conference had so much potential.


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Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:27 am
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Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:24 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

I can understand 'Nova feeling threatened by Temple.   Recruits pick 'Nova over Temple because it's a bigger stage in the Big East. If Temple becomes part of the Big East it takes away Nova's competitive recruiting edge over Temple.

But 'Nova cut off its nose to spite its face.  Boise State ain't coming, and the rest of those sports programs the Big East has invited are crap - no offense to their graduates.   UCF? Navy? Houston? When have they had relevant ANYTHING?


It might work out better for TU to stay in the A-10.  Temple is to the A-10 what Memphis is to Conference USA.  Plus the football program needs to develop a little more before it moves into a better conference.  The right conference will come along.  Even after the Big East is defunct.  'Cuz right now it's pretty done as a power conference.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:16 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Concrete Charly..........That's what I have said many times about the BIG EAST as it stands now.......the basketball schools hinder the football side to grow. Until the BE football side is completely seperated into an all sports league, there will be problems. The situation now is Villanova is aganist Temple, and that is my example.  The BIG EAST will continue to be a "Hybird" conference with all this mess, and then Notre Dame hanging around the BE and being a football independent. Thi
s is not right and I don't care if it is Notre Dame or who, they should be ALL IN or ALL OUT. You will not see this in the SEC, ACC, B1G, BIG 12 and PAC 12; these conferences are true BCS leagues and every school is treated equally. All of these leagues would have welcomed ND, but only under the same terms as their other members, which is everything being equal.
But all these ND fans think this relationship with the BE is fair; you gotta be kidding me !!!


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