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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: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

The Big EAST?  Some of these geniuses need to look at a map. 

At least geography is more advanced than counting to 12,   we have a 12 team league called the big 10, we have a 9 team league called the Big 12,  we have a league called the ATLANTIC COAST conference that has invited sPitt and 'Cuse to be in their league, one called the SOUTHEASTERN conference who has a team from Arkansas and added a team from Texas,   and one called the PACIFIC pick a number, who has grown into Utah and Colorado,  so  I see NO problem with Boise joining the BE for FOOTBALL ONLY.



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Maybe Teen Miss South Carolina was right. People in the U.S. need more maps. In addition, "understanding maps and time zones" should be included in the general education classes at our major universities, especially on the East Coast and any schools in the Mountain Time zone considering a conference change.



Jefgg
Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:24 pm
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Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

I say Boise & AFA should tell the Big East to shove it and let the conference go down the drain. The way things are starting to shape up, the Big East could well disappear and Boise could be in line for a much better deal. 

I think you're right for this reason - The Big East is not going to last, WVU, UConn, Rutgers, and Louisville have all but said they will jump ship as soon as they can.  I can't see how it's worth it to them to play for 1 or 2 seasons on the east coast all for the sake of an AQ bid that will likely be gone after 2013.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

oh, and ncgreen, there IS a rule for ND and BCS. The rule states if Notre Dame finishes in the top 8 in BCS rankings, they get a BCS Bowl invite automatically.


Jefgg
Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:15 pm
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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

If the Big East passes on ECU again, then ECU needs to work with others to form a new conference. CUSA is good for now simply just to be in a conference but it is too unwieldy geographically, especially if the purported merger with Mountain West happens. App St is currently discussing possibly going to FBS and Charlotte will be starting as FCS here in 2013 but they have already stated they want to get to FBS as quickly as they can (money being the big factor on how soon they go). If you take those 3 right there to start a new league and look for other teams wanting to be in a league that is a little closer to build some rivalries while cutting travel costs.

I know many may think this a silly idea but what options will really be left for ECU at this point? 



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Bad idea for both Boise and AFA.  They don't need the extra travel and it's detrimental to their fans, parents and above all the students.  Love the fact that the easterners who have disdained Boise & TCU for years and downgraded their programs as unworthy of BCS consideration are now all enthralled when they need their presence to be viable.

I say Boise & AFA should tell the Big East to shove it and let the conference go down the drain. The way things are starting to shape up, the Big East could well disappear and Boise could be in line for a much better deal.





Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:08 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.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Boise, 3 more could get Big East invite next week

Ok, i looked it up and there is nothing in the current rules about ND taking the BCS bid under the current rules.  However, I know for a fact that it was that way after 2003  Notre Dame was tied to the BCS through the Big East and that kept the Big East from losing the bid when Miami et.al. left.   I also remember vividly RichRod whinning when ND got the Gator Bowl over WVU in 2003.  So at some point the BCS re-wrote the rules to get ND their own AQ bid - proving one of the points I was trying to make in the first place.

I noticed while researching that ND has people on the BSC board of governors and oversight committe.  Are you going to dispute the point I was trying to make that if the Big East tries to get tough with ND that there won't be reprecussions?  i.e. losing the AQ Bid?  I firmly believe if the Big East dumps ND it can kiss it's BCS bid goodbye.


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