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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 21, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:10 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Boise State is a new University.   Their Acadimics have been moving up almost as fast as their football program.  It does take longer to change your rep. in Acadimics.  The US News takes longer to acknowledge a change than the sporting community.   Employeers do not take as long. 

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:09 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

 A Boston College fan talking football,,lol

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:07 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Did ESPN and the ACC approve this move, someone needs to invstigate this but apparently everyone is scared of ESPN and the ACC,,cowards, if this is proven according to Boston College which he later said he lied,,lol, they should be destroyed  and never permitted to televise a college football game, and the ACC should be destroyed as a conference, fottball doesn;t matter to the ACC , it never could play football anyways.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:02 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

This is a desperation move.  Boise St makes sense for one reason only... they bring Top-25 status.  Geographically it makes no sense and academically it makes no sense.  The Big East, just like every conference, claims that they want to align with schools that share their academic mission.  I'm sure Boise St is a fine institution, and they definitely know how to play football, but they're not even ranked as a "National University".  And here is a list of schools that have a better academic reputation than Boise St. in the "Regional West" category into which they fall (according to US News and World Report) (No joke): University of the Incarnate Word, Northwest Nazarene University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Humboldt State University, and Walla Walla University (among 60 others).   

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 7:56 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Where is the sanity in college football.  The BCS has ruined the sport.  It's only about the money now.  How many BCS schools have never made it to a BCS bowl game but still rake in $10s of millions simply by association.  An association that was made years ago but has failed to improve those "cellar dwellers" as football teams or to increase their fanbase.  If you want true competition in college football, jettison those teams from BCS conferences and accept new ones.  If we are trending to "national conferences" like what the big east is proposing, create an independent board that evaluates teams year in and year out to determine which teams are qualified to be considered for BCS status.  Conference affiliations are a relic of the past.  Have another independent body establish the schedules.  Allow the schools to dictate their 2-3 rivalry games and be done with it.  Geographically($) it has become apparent that there is no longer a need for regional conferences, besides the current trend is going to kill all non-revenue sports(travel etc.).  Better yet, keep the regional conference affiliations for all other sports, just not football.  What rules college football now is...TV market, $$$, conference affiliation when the BCS was formed, the press, the coaches, talent.  It's a turd plated in gold.  The system is broken, and those that benefit from it want to keep it broken.   

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 7:49 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Boise St. and West Virginia could play for the Big East Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba! Why not? Winnipeg has a lot going for it and would make sense for the Big East:

1) great facilities (after you clear out the moose, you would just need to re-draw the Canadian football field lines);

2) location, location, location - centrally located and brings in the Canadian market. That's an ENTIRE INTERNATIONAL MARKET, folks!

3) The negative 30 degree temperatures at kick-off would more than double the hot cocoa concession sales. The blue sheet of ice covering the field would actually play to Boise St.'s advantage ;) 


Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 7:42 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Bosie State needs to keep the money flowing to ever get invited to the Pac or Big 12+-.  By joining the Big East they can lose a game and still get into the BCS.  WV now has a lagit rival in the league championship game.  Win win for all involved.  (MWC tv package would screw BSU on a down year)  Now they can recruit to a BCS Conf. 

When all the musical Conf. stops BSU and WV want to stay in the picture.  (this will give them a shot)  

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 7:42 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

When you look at the map, Boise to Dallas or Colorado Springs to Houston look like short trips compared to road games to Connecticut or Florida. However, Boise to Dallas is actually over 1,600 miles!! Colorado Springs to Houston is 970 miles. Boise to Colorado Springs, the potential "travel partners", is 900 miles! 

They will need the BCS money just to pay for their travel budget! 

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 7:37 pm

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Portland, OR has over 2 million in the METRO area. I was raised in Portland and currently live in Utah. I drove through Boise last week. There's no comparison to Boise and Portland, or Salt Lake for that matter. Go check your facts again. 

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 7:35 pm
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