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BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 4:53 pm
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Brigham Young is in discussions with the Big East about joining the league, while sources told CBSSports.com that San Diego State also is seeking membership in the Big East.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters Monday that BYU had been “approached” by the Big East.

On Oct. 25, CBSSports.com reported that the Western contingent of possible future Big East members was making a push to add BYU

“There is a push,” Mendenhall said Monday. “And there are conversations that are in place for the Big East to convince or to have BYU join that conference. I trust our athletic director (Tom Holmoe) and President (Cecil) Samuelson to deal with all that.”

With the upcoming departures of TCU and West Virginia to the Big 12 and Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, the Big East will need seven schools to get to a 12-member football league by 2014.

Last week, CBSSports.com reported that the Big East's presidents and chancellors gave Commissioner John Marinatto authorization to extend invitations to Boise State, UCF, Houston, SMU, Navy and Air Force. Boise State, UCF, Houston and SMU will join the league together as a group, sources told CBSSports.com, once Boise State finds a conference home for its Olympic sports.

Sources told CBSSports.com that all six schools are committed to joining the Big East. However, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that Air Force remains undecided. If Air Force stays in the Mountain West, the Big East would need two schools – presumably BYU and another school.

That’s where San Diego State comes into play. The Aztecs weren’t shy about their interest in joining the Big 12 and now have turned their attention to the Big East.

Despite the obvious geography and travel concerns, the biggest reason for San Diego State’s interest in the Big East is to be a part of an automatic qualifying BCS league. The Big East is guaranteed its BCS status through the 2013 season with a new BCS cycle beginning in 2014.

“Certainly there are a lot of questions on our part, but with the landscape changing the main benefit that I could see on a short term scale would be inclusion into the BCS system,” Mendenhall said about BYU. “That’s up in two years. Again whether the Big East is able hold that spot with the new teams coming in? My guess would be yes.”

San Diego State feels the same way. Despite the great distance to the Eastern league members (Cincinnati, UConn, South Florida, Navy, Rutgers, UCF), San Diego State would prefer an all-sports membership – or at least in football and men’s basketball – sources said. They also would be receptive to a football-only membership and could be in a Western division featuring Boise State, Houston, SMU, BYU and Louisville.

San Diego State leads the Mountain West in football attendance this season (38,802) and since 2010, the Aztecs have won a combined 48 games in football and men's basketball, the nation’s highest total.  San Diego State men's basketball team also has won 20 or more games and advanced to postseason play in six consecutive seasons, including back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.

San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk declined comment to CBSSports.com, but recently told the San Diego Union-Tribune: “The best-scenario is that we’re in a league with an automatic qualifier, an enhanced television package and we’re generating revenues to run all our programs. That’s the No. 1 goal, whether that’s with the Mountain West, Big East, or Big 12.”

Last week, Boise State president Bob Kustra received authorization from the state of Idaho’s Board of Education to join the Big East as a football-only member. The Broncos still must find a conference home for their Olympic sports before making the move.

Kustra told the board that Boise State has made it “very clear” to the Big East “we would go in with a western partner.”

That could be Air Force, BYU or San Diego State – or two of those three schools.

Mendenhall said he did not know how quickly BYU would make a decision about the Big East. The Cougars are playing in their first season as a football independent after leaving the Mountain West Conference.


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Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:48 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Northwestern in the Big Ten, I meant.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:47 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I think the reasoning for having SMU is the same reasoning behind Baylor in the Big XII and Vanderbilt in the SEC - its academic standards help the conference's academic profile. Every BCS conference has a small, private school known more for its scholars than its athletes. In most cases, that team gets kicked around on the football field (see also Duke in the ACC and Northwestern in the Big 12, the Pac-12 with Stanford and other schools being the exception) but are in some cases successful in other sports. The same reasoning would apply to Rice joining the Big East, but the Big East would already have the Houston market with UH, and SMU has been a little more successful over the years than Rice in the sports that matter the most.



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:44 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

"That's probably stronger than the ACC in most years.  Only school I don't like is SMU...small school that is forgotten even in its home market, not a power, and for some reason they're including them for all sports.  All I can figure is with the Big 12 at 10 teams and no championship game the Big East wants the Jerry Bowl for its championship game.  Wish they would shore up the basketball strength by adding Temple, Memphis, and/or Xavier."

SMU would be a natural travel partner with Houston and has been producing winning seasons (I know TCU is down this year but they still beat TCU in their back yard which shows they have some potential), SMU also has a HUGE school endowment ($1.37 Billion) so they have the capacity to bring funding even though the market might not be huge.  As for Memphis it's pretty clear people aren't looking at football when they are talking about Memphis.  Even though they would be a good BBall addition it would be an absolute boat anchor for the Big East's AQ status in football.  Keep in mind here the whole reason why the Big East is in this position is because they haven't been actively building up the football end of the conference and right now that is where the focus needs to be as even the non-football schools know that they definitely need to keep the AQ status and football $ to help their programs.  So I am sorry but they need to be focusing on bringing the best of the non-AQs in for football. 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:38 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Interesting.  Maybe they should change their name from the "Big East" to the "Big Clusterbleep."  "Big East, Western Division" sounds pretty cool, though.  If they do keep their bid, it will be the path of least resistance to a BCS bowl.  That is assuming, of course, that there is a BCS in a few years.
 
I'm hoping for BSU and BYU to end up in the Big 12.  We'll see how SDSU does in a few years without Brady Hoke.



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:34 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

"Just a thought, why would the Big East assume they are going to be able to keep their automatic bid.   There is a reason that the Mountain West and C-USA weren't given one in the first place.  Now the proposed Big East will be made up with all those schools."  





Hmm, maybe because the MWC/C-USA also has the likes of UNLV, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado State, UAB, Memphis, etc. football programs that WILL NOT be part of the Big East.  The proposed MWC/C-USA merger in it's current form would have 10 football teams with overall losing records.  The proposed Big East would have just 2.  Big difference with the bottom end of the conference.  The difference is that this proposal is essentially consolidating a best of the best of the non-AQs into one conference instead of spreading them out between two different conferences and then watering them down with a bunch of teams that have overall losing records. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:34 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

If this is the Big EAST conference, should all the teams be at least within one or two time zones??? Take the western division and pick two or three more teams and start a new conference out west. Do you really think that Louisville wants to spend that much money on travel past the Mississippi river? Seems like a superconference will come together naturally (I hate to admit it SEC) - Don't force it to happen! Go Buckeyes!



Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:09 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Boise State Olympic to WAC



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:04 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

usbummer...........I say what I say about TEXAS; because TEXAS with DeLOSS DODDS and big MACK BROWN have said they want to stay at 10 teams, and have no BIG12 Championship. usbummer, it is evident TEXAS doen want to play a BIG12 Championship game ! 



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:03 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Wow are you an idiot.

The college presidents are the only ones who "get" other schools to join conferences.  Basketball and football coaches have zero say in the process and the AD very little.





Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:59 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Don't know if SDSU is going to get in, but with BYU and a 12 team conference the Big East is much stronger than it is in its current form. 


West: Boise State, Air Force, Houston, Southern Methodist, BYU, Louisville
East: Cincinnati, Rutgers, UConn, South Florida, Navy, Central Florida   


That's probably stronger than the ACC in most years.  Only school I don't like is SMU...small school that is forgotten even in its home market, not a power, and for some reason they're including them for all sports.  All I can figure is with the Big 12 at 10 teams and no championship game the Big East wants the Jerry Bowl for its championship game.  Wish they would shore up the basketball strength by adding Temple, Memphis, and/or Xavier.


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