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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: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:59 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Retarded conference management at its best. 

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:51 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Why any school would want to JOIN the Big East is beyond me.  It is a mess (at least as football is concerned).  Bad move for Boise and UCF.  I get that the service acadamies want to be part of the same league -- still not a good move for Air Force and Navy.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:50 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Way to go Mountain West and Conference USA and Big East.  the SEC and the others think they can do whatever they want and just snatch teams at will.  Screw them!  Way to make a stand!!  Proud of you, in a big way.  Way to step up.  NOW....make your leagues BETTER.  The money will follow.  And the all great entities....eventually fall.  

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:50 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

When all this realignment is complete and done somewhere down the line 5-6 years from now, a bright genius would show reason why this crap they are putting together now will  not work.

All those advocating a 14 or 16 team conference must realize that this would be too many teams to adequately manage and have any semblance of a conference as the teams would not play each other enough. Teams in other divisions might as well be considered out of conference schedule as they would not play each other except every 3 years or so.

That is why when a company get too large to manage they form smaller branches of the firm and call them a subsidiary of the major company.

Football would be wise to understand this concept and comply with the concept of a manageable size conference.    

Travel might  even become a factor as it appears as if the fuel cost is not going down anytime soon, plus logistical cost of housing the entire team and coaching staff.
Even though TV might be behind this major changes in college football, once again someone will figure out that the same spirit about football would not exist on the campus as it is currently and would want to bring back the family, student and alum atmosphere to the campus with students, alum and fans being able to financially attend away games.  This way they would have  student, alum and fan presence at the game.

Those away game tickets, with the current proposals, would be still at the school while the game is going on. There might even be a few empty seats. The TV coverage would not want to be showing 2/3rd of a stadium, being full.

The last I heard students are still students, mostly broke, therefore might be able to purchase tickets, but no way to get to a game if they are attending college in Texas and would have to travel to Connecticut to watch a game.

I know that college football is becoming money driven, however, the human element is being taken out of the college football picture.

I hope these people that are running these institutions eventually come to their senses and rectify this situation before they would lose the college football sports fans.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:49 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Pete, as I recall they kicked Temple out of BE football because they wouldn't join in all sports and also becasue they did not make the required upgrades to their facilities.

incorrect. temple was kicked out because they were drawing 3000 to the vet. they wanted to be in BE for all sports but the main-liners blocked them then as now.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:31 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

This conference is so screwed up right doesn't know its 'east' from a hole in the ground!!!  Surprised

What a desperate move.

I think the MWC, Conference USA and the Big East should all merge to form a 44 school conference for basketball and a 32 school conference for football.
They could have a tournament to make their conference tournament....and a mini playoff to see who goes to the bowls. 

What a mess....

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:11 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

I hear that Shanghai Tech is starting a football team and will get an invite from the SEC.  Moscow State is getting a serious look from the Big Ten.  No word on whether they'll be in the Legends or Leaders division.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:39 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

I am so glad we got out of this garage league.  I will miss the hoopies hoops though.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:17 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

To all of you know-it-alls and "A" students, Doctors, Lawyers and Professionals.  I still say that the BIG EAST will be a "Hybird" leauge if they continue to let NOTRE DAME hang around without being a "full time" member in all sports which includes ALL SPORTS.  You can say the other BCS conferences would allow Notre Dame to do this, and this is just NOT TRUE.  The B1G, ACC, SEC, BIG 12 and PAC 12 would not allow that to happen regarless of it being Notre Dame because its NOT FAIR to the other members.  That's why ND is in the BE, because the other conferences will not allow it. Why don't they play their other sports in say the Atlantic 10, then that's ok.
For you brilliant people to condone ND as a member in the in the BE without playing football in the league, is not right or fair. But you NOTRE DAME supporters you just love that arrangements, and you see nothing wrong with it. Bottom line, you won't find any of the other BCS Conferences make such an arrangements with ND.  You BE guys can stay in denial all you wish, but in the end it is a "Hybird" league with ND not ALL IN.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:13 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Nova  wrecked the Big   Five in Philly, now they are after Temple , trying to keep them out of the Big East.
What are they afraid of?? Their hoops recruiting footprint is entirely diffent from that of Temple.  Nova recruits North NJ and New York , while Temple stays in the Philly , DE and MD areas.
Houston and SMU in the Big East in front of Temple?
Nova should be banned from the Big Five if the expansion goes down this way. Are they really afraid of Temple hoops, which would be an excellent match  for a league which just lost two of it's best hoop  teams. Temple is always a top 25 caliber team and playing in the Big East would allow the Owls to perhaps become a consistent top 15 team. 
Philly is a major  market with room for Nova Hoops and Temple in all sports. If you look at the markets the league is exploring they come no where close to the demographics of the Philly market. 
Nova has nothing to lose yet is keeping a traditional rival from moving up the ladder and competing at a higher level in both sports.

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