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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 CBSSports.com.

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.

Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:06 pm
 

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

This is the dumbest thing the Big East could do... The Big East has been a "brand" for many years; it makes absolutely no sense to add all these schools from the west and southwest for "all sports."  Who in the hell will travel to see Louisville play Boise St in volleyball?  Outside of UCF, none of the Big East schools have any connection with those schools, historically or geographically.

Why is Louisville not pushing to get out of there and go to the ACC, SEC, or Big 12?  We have relationships with schools in each of the conferences (especially ACC now that Syracuse & Pitt is there).  We won't be able to cultivate a healthy football program in the Big East at this point.  It's time to move elsewhere. Trying to keep the Big East "alive" will be the worst mistake Jurich has made... and I seriously doubt that is what he plans to do in the long run.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:04 pm
 

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

OH HAHAHAHAHAH BIG LEAST. That was both original AND hilarious. Please, for the sake of intelligent society, if that is the extent of your contribution to this thread, keep it to yourself and may God have mercy on your soul.



Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:01 pm
 

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

and none of this would matter if the BCS and the other garbage bowls were replaced with a playoff (similar to every other team sport in the universe).



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:50 pm
 

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

How about Big Least, which is the way its been lately.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:29 pm
 

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

The BCS and Boise St. will be on the same page for a while. The Big East is putting together a program that will qualify for an AQ under the old BCS system. The problem is that the Big East will not qualify for an AQ after 2013 and everyone knows it. Huston will have a problem, SMU and UCF will wish for something new. Navy and Air Force will need to get congress involved. Boise St. will be wishing the played in the west again. And the BCS who is run by the money will have a new set of rules. This show will never be over until we have a playoff and then everyone will wish for a bowl system again…




Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:26 pm
 

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

The BCS and Boise St. will be on the same page for a while. The Big East is putting together a program that will qualify for an AQ under the old BCS system. The problem is that the Big East will not qualify for an AQ after 2013 and everyone knows it. Huston will have a problem, SMU and UCF will wish for something new. Navy and Air Force will need to get congress involved. Boise St. will be wishing the played in the west again. And the BCS who is run by the money will have a new set of rules. This show will never be over until we have a playoff and then everyone will wish for a bowl system again…




Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:19 pm
 

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

Are you that dense? Seriosuly as a sports fan you are out of your mind if you actually think BSU has turned down the PAC 12. The PAC 12 is BSU's dream. So rdgibbens, use your brains and your obvious influence and win over the PAC 12 for BSU. Guarenteed that if you secure the invite BSU will take in and everyone in the Boise area will celebrate for days...

Man alive that is the most knuckleheaded post I've read in a long time.



Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:59 pm
 

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

You're crazy Notre Dame won’t join the Big 12. They want to stay independent! That’s why they have turned down every opportunity to join a conference. But I could see the big 12 going after Louisville and maybe Cincy.



ARKY111
Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:49 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:43 pm
 

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

Even if the Big East adds these schools, they don't have a prayer of maintaining their BCS status.  They're pinning their hopes to Boise State being the linch pin for a BCS automatic bid, while ignoring the fact that Boise's presence in the Mountain West isn't enough to get them an automatic BCS bid.  And let's be honest with each other.....the other remaining Big East schools aren't any more attractive than the other Mountain West schools.  So with or without Boise State, the Big East will lose their BCS bid.

A more logical option would be for the Big East to drop football and allow their remaining football schools to seek conference affiliation eslewhere.  Then the Mountain West and Conference USA should schedule an inter-conference championship game and seek an automatic BCS bid for the winner of that game.



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