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Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 7:57 pm

Nationally ranked Boise State and Houston along with SMU and UCF could be added as Big East members by Friday, college football industry sources told

On Tuesday in Philadelphia, the Big East’s presidents and chancellors authorized league commissioner John Marinatto to issue invitations to those schools – along with Navy and Air Force – sources said. 

However, Boise State, Houston, SMU and UCF prefer to be announced as league members together and must wait until Boise State’s board meeting on Thursday. There have been no “official invitations” extended to the schools, but Marinatto has been in constant contact and spoke to representatives of all six schools after Tuesday’s meeting.

Boise State would join as a football-only member, while UCF, SMU and Houston would join as all-sport members beginning in 2013. 

Following Tuesday's Big East meeting in Philadelphia, representatives from those four schools – plus Navy – held a conference call. All four schools are “100 percent” on board in joining together with the only possible hang-up being Boise State finding a conference home for its Olympic sports – most likely the WAC or West Coast Conference.

Navy has told the other schools on Tuesday's call it “is definitely in” and Air Force is expected to join once Navy commits to the Big East, a source said. 

On Oct. 23 in Washington D.C. Marinatto met with representatives from Boise State, Houston, SMU, Navy and UCF. Since then representatives from the general counsels at Boise State, UCF, Houston and SMU have been working together in concert to negotiate several details, including entrance and exit fees upon joining the Big East.

TCU’s entrance fee to join the Big East was $2.5 million and the new members’ entrance fee is expected to be the same. However, the schools actually don’t pay that amount up front – it’s usually taken out of league revenues over a five-year period.

The addition of those four schools will help offset the recent announced departures of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC and TCU and West Virginia to the Big 12.

TCU, which left the Big East before ever playing in the league, will join the Big 12 next season. Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia can not leave before July 1, 2014. However, West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Big East on Monday so that the Mountaineers could join the Big 12 next year and would not have to honor the league’s 27-month requirement before leaving.

The league’s presidents and chancellors discussed West Virginia’s lawsuit during Tuesday’s meeting in Philadelphia.

“In light of the lawsuit filed by West Virginia yesterday, the Presidents also discussed and confirmed our continuing commitment to enforce the Conference’s 27-month notification period for schools choosing to leave,” Marinatto said in a statement. “The Conference believes these claims to be wholly without merit and will explore all its legal options to protect its interests and to ensure that West Virginia lives up to its obligations.”

Bringing Boise State on board would help the Big East’s bid to retain status as an automatic qualifying BCS conference, when the new cycle begins in 2014. Since 2006, the Broncos are 68-5 with two undefeated seasons. Boise State (7-0) is ranked No. 5 in this week’s BCS standings, while Houston (7-0) is No. 13.

The addition of Boise State, Houston, SMU, UCF, Navy and Air Force would give the Big East 11 football schools in 2014. The Western contingent of schools also is pushing to bring BYU in as the Big East’s 12th-football playing member. If the Cougars, who are currently an independent, are not interested, Temple is the leading candidate as the league’s 12th member, sources said.

However, the league’s presidents on Tuesday did not officially discuss any candidates beyond Boise State, Houston, Navy, UCF, Air Force and SMU, a source said.

If Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia must stay in the Big East until 2014, the league would have 15 football members in 2013 – Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida, Boise State, Houston, SMU, UCF, Air Force, Navy, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and BYU/Temple.

In 2014, a 12-team Big East likely would be split into one of the following two six-team divisions based on BYU or Temple joining.

If BYU joins: West – Boise State, Air Force, BYU, Houston, SMU and Louisville; East – Cincinnati, UConn, Rutgers, South Florida, UCF and Navy.

If Temple joins: West – Boise State, Air Force, Houston, SMU, Louisville and Cincinnati; East – UConn, Rutgers, South Florida, UCF, Navy and Temple.


Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:31 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

No matter how I look at it, the conference affirmation only looks like this. “The Big least and little Big XII.”

I only feel sorry for Louisville for extra travel and extra hostile opponent in football schedule. If they only had old Big Least they could have easier travel and easier schedule…

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:38 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

Now that Boise St. is in an AQ conference, they should play their home games on a GREEN field and build a stadium that seats more than 35K. That being said, I think its a good move for them at this point. Also a good move for Air Force.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:31 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

Question for Hulaboytoy:

Since 2000 how many years has Boise State NOT finished in the top 25?

With the pathetic conference schedule bogus state plays they don't desere a spot in the top 25, they may be a good team, but the schedule they play doesn't warrant it.

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:08 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

This is the biggest joke that I have seen in years. Is Air Force and Boise so rich that they can travel 2 time zones away and play where no one cares about them? Really? Lawyers should get involved with all of this and sue the BCS because this is leading to shutting out schools ever playing in a BCS bowl or entering a conference. Any desent lawyers out there should look at this. Inequality and discrimination against colleges. Destroy the BCS!

Big Least is going down. Uconn and UL and Rutgers already want out. That commish is stupid .

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:00 am
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Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:40 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

And bye the bye lest we forget, The Big East also has a few basketball teams of note. One would think the conference was all football the way current articles read. Why, in the instant article, didn't Murphy's Law show us how the basketball teams would line up. Possibly because these wasn't that much space to show all of them.

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:32 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

Boise is in the east? I didn't know that.
What a f-cking joke college sports has become.

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:11 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

Boise should be added to the Big question about it. I have no idea why that hasn't already happened. Then grab maybe Houston or SMU and you'd have:

Boise State
Iowa State
Ok State

Texas Tech

It would be a stronger conference, and they would be poised to withstand most future realignment challenges.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:06 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

ncaaftblfan states

"I hope Boise doesn't join the Big East, because I think they'll get offered something else if they just stay put."  

You know I agree with you on everything except that.  People seem to think that these magical offers will just come rolling in for Boise if we just "wait and see" the only thing waiting for Boise if we just wait and see is a first class ticket to nowhere while all the BCS Conferences fill their ranks with teams who have more money/larger media markets.   Even as it sits right now for the Big 12 (the only other remote possibility) and only IF the conference decided to expand to 12 would grab several other teams before looking at Boise.  As I recall Louisville and Tulane were both listed before Boise was. 

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:57 am

Boise St., 3 others could join Big East by Friday

"You would think Boise state would pay attention to travel considerations.  It is expensive to travel that far. It also puts Boise State at a considerable competitive disadvantage to travel from the west coast to the east coast. This has been show time and time again due to time zone differentials that traveling west coast to east coast is harder on the body and sleep cycles then traveling east coast to west coast. The Mountain West Conference is just a better place for Boise State."

People keep bringing this up like Boise would be playing 8 conference away games on the eastern seaboard or vice versa.  If you look at it it isn't that way at all.  Factor in east and west divisions and home games and it is only 3-4 cross country travels per season.  Add in away games to Hawaii with non-conference travel and Boise State is more than doing that already.  The Mountain West conference geographically might seem better on paper but beyond that it is NOT the better conference for Boise as the options for growth potential are slim to none. 

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