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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: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:54 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

FSU hasn't won the mediocre ACC since when? I mean USF has spent more time in the top 25 over the last decade then them...
There's still a lot more fans, and a lot more people that care about Florida State than USF.


Miami can't even get as many fans to there games as the young and growing USF and UCF programs.
South Florida averaged just under 30,000 fans a game last year. Even us Syracuse fans that could care less about our program averaged 10,000 more people a game. A surplus of 33%. 


You can't tell me USF and UCF would beat out Miami for any kind of market. There's a lack of fan support, so why would anybody care to put a program on TV that can't even get more than 30,000 fans to one football game? 


Florida is the only program of note in the state right now and really, w/o the 4 years Tebow was there what have they done in the last decade... (First non-sellout for Florida and forever just happened weeks ago)
90,000 fans per game, huge fan support, recent success, no doubt. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:53 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

LMAO.

FSU hasn't won the mediocre ACC since when? I mean USF has spent more time in the top 25 over the last decade then them...

Miami can't even get as many fans to there games as the young and growing USF and UCF programs.

Florida is the only program of note in the state right now and really, w/o the 4 years Tebow was there what have they done in the last decade... (First non-sellout for Florida and forever just happened weeks ago)

USF and UCF are grabbing market share fast. They continue to grow while FSU and Miami flounder and Florida takes a big step back.
I think he was referring to the tv market. UM, FSU and UF have built up a fanbase over the many years they have been around. USF and UCF have not had the history of success that these other programs have had and therefore are not the draw on tv that UM, FSU and UF are.

You bring up the recent accomplishments of FSU, UM and UF, what have UCF and USF done. USF is in a very weak BIg East conferences (great basketball conference). Obviously since USF is so great they must win it each year. How many Big East championships do they have? UCF is in an even worse conference. I think they won Conference USA last year, but Conference USA is not the ACC or SEC. USF and UCF are definitely programs on the rise, but they have not reached the level of popularity of the other three.

Had to laugh when you said take away four years and what have the Gators done in the last ten years. Take away almost half the dacade and what have they done. Not exactly a fair way to compare. If you look at the last 20 years and Florida is among the top programs in the country in what most would consider the toughest conference. In fact Florida is #1, Florida State #5 and UF #6, USF #26 and UCF #61. http://football.stassen.com/cgi-bin

/records/calc-wp.pl?start=1991&end=2010&rpct=30
&min=5&se=on&by=Win+Pct




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:48 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Personally, I think this sucks.  I am a Temple grad and don't understand how Houston helps them, yet they won't add Temple.  Temple has built a nice little program, actually fit in with the geographic area (the old one anyway), kicked their defending champion's ass last year, and has a decent ticket base now.  In other words, they have done everything the Big East wanted them to do when they kicked them out 9 years ago.  They deserve to be back in.  But because some little basketball school doesn't want them in, they say no.  What has SMU done since they were caught cheating in the 80s?  Ask Nova, does the Pac-10 suffer because it has both UCLA and USC?  Or does it help stoke the rivalry and interest?  What a joke!



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:25 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Aparently the Big East wants to expand to 12 teams.  So far, Air Force and Boise State have been invited for football only.  Houston and SMU have been invited for all sports.  In seperate invitations, Navy and UCF have been invited.  Now all of this depends upon the remaining six Big East Schools staying in the Big East.  Four of those six schools have indicated a desire to leave the Big East.  If the Big 12 loses Missouri, or decides to expand, Louisville and/or West Virginia would surely jump at the opportunity to join the Big 12.  Rutgers and UConn have both expressed interest in joining the ACC.  The Big East is desperately trying to save it's AQ Status.  This is a huge gamble.  If some or all of the six invitees refuse, the Big East is finished.  If any of the remaininig six schools jump ship, the Big East is finished.  If all of this works out, you are looking at a Big East Division (West) consisting of Air Force, Boise State, Houston, SMU, Cincinnati and Louisville.  The other Division (East) would consist of UConn, Rutgers, UCF, USF, West Virginia and Navy.



Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:05 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

How about Football, Inc.?




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:43 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Big East is a joke now and please rename the conference.  



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:38 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

USF is in the Tampa / St. Pete area and UCF, the Orlando area.  Both fairly good size markets in the state.  I can assure you that these two schools are N O T grabbing a large share of the states market. 

Miami owns south Florida...Tallahassee the panhandle (they are fighting Alabama for market share) and UF the remainder of the state.

My analogy - UCF & USF are to UAB & USA in Alabama (vs Alabama and Auburn)...how's that?  Sums it up!



Since: Aug 23, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 6:43 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

, "I'm sure Florida, Florida State and Miami own 99% of the Orlando and Tampa market. "

LMAO.

FSU hasn't won the mediocre ACC since when? I mean USF has spent more time in the top 25 over the last decade then them...

Miami can't even get as many fans to there games as the young and growing USF and UCF programs.

Florida is the only program of note in the state right now and really, w/o the 4 years Tebow was there what have they done in the last decade... (First non-sellout for Florida and forever just happened weeks ago)

USF and UCF are grabbing market share fast. They continue to grow while FSU and Miami flounder and Florida takes a big step back.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 5:00 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Pyshie....I'm laughing so hard at your comments I can barely type!!!  How did you reach Superstar level on here???



Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 3:57 am
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Oops! I should have gotten my facts straight. The MW will get Fresno St. Nevada, and Hawaii next year; still not much of an improvement though.


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