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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
 
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.


Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big East, BYU
 
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:16 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

 I agree with most of your post but if you think that this is not about money you are terribly misguided.  It's all about money.  They are trying to recruit Boise for their recent rankings to retain their BCS bid, which means millions of dollar per year for conference members via the automatic BCS bid.

I understand what you're saying about money driving this and yes, it is the money that the BE wants that comes with the AQ, but the media markets do not determine AQ status.  Only rankings do that.  The BE might be benefitting from going after a few schools that ALSO generate money, but they are chasing rankings and that is it.  The B12 and Pac12 are and were chasing money which is why BSU was never invited to either one.  They are going to be invited however to the BE because as I said before, the BE is concerned with rankings. 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:15 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I still think your missing the point...im not mad at the fact that WVU will be in the Big 12 im upset with the fact a good conference is goin to crap. Im shocked that BSU is even going!! Is it really that much better than where you are?? What happens to BSU when UCONN, Rutgers, Cincy, and Louisville leave??? I feel sorry for BSU cause they are going to get screwed. Even if they raise the exit fee to 15 million they would pay that to go to ACC or Big 12.




Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:13 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I3oogieman, you might be the most inarticulate person I've ever encounter on these boards.  "FNY NUR HTD NUH JJF"  what is this?  Please refrain from posting if you don't have anything intelligent to contribute.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:10 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I honestly dont care if we stay in the BE another 2 years or not it might just save me some money if we do!!! My whole point is I loved BE football before these idiots screwed it all up I wasnt here bragging the fact that next year or 2 years from now we will be members of the Big 12. I would rather drive to Louisville instead of flying to Texas thats what pissed me off!!! The fact they mismanaged the conference is what im pissed about!!! Make No mistake just because you believe they are making good decisions now doesnt mean anything!!! Had they not made the bad ones to begin with there wouldnt be any to make!!



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:08 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

All because these idiots let the BE fall apart ive got to fly to Austin to watch a game u know???

I definitley understand what you're saying, while Marinatto did let the conference fall apart and should have done something years ago to avoid this whole mess, I personally believe that what he doing now will make the conference better than it was before.  I personally don't understand why you're so mad about the whole situation.  It's because of his lack of action that will land WV in the B12.  I would much rather see BSU in the B12 than the new BE.




Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:07 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

idbowhunter, I agree with most of your post but if you think that this is not about money you are terribly misguided.  It's all about money.  They are trying to recruit Boise for their recent rankings to retain their BCS bid, which means millions of dollar per year for conference members via the automatic BCS bid.  They are recruiting UCF, Houston, SMU, SDSU for their media markets in order to get the most cash out of the next TV contract deal.  And they are recruiting Navy and AF to secure their position as an AQ because if the BCS decides the the Big East doesn't deserve it's BCS bid in 2014, suddenly the government gets involved which is the last thing the BCS wants.  When you consider the other conferences money is less of an issue because their BCS bids are secure.  When you consider Big East expansion it's about money and only money. 



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:03 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Of course no one is going to say that "WV has to pay for Boise to leave early if they want to be in the B12 next year", but that's exactly where that money is going to go.  WV is going to have to kick in a lot of extra money to get out of the BE early.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:00 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

WVU and the Big 12 had the weirdest thing happen ive ever herd but they got invited told nevermind then invited and joined in 4 days why has it taken the BE a month??

Are you kidding me??  WV hasn't joined crap yet.  They haven't even paid the full exit fee to leave the BE yet so how can they be a member of the B12 already??  Wish and hope all you want, WV is still a member of the BigEast, and unless you kick in the extra money that will pay for the BSU's buyout from the MWC early to join the BE next year, you will also be a member of the BE next season.




Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:00 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

OH LOL...im just really frustrated!!! While im gonna love watching Texas roll into Morgantown its me rolling into Texas im not a big fan of. All because these idiots let the BE fall apart ive got to fly to Austin to watch a game u know???



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:56 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

How is it that these schools that have been invited are taking their time when you just said they havent been invited yet???    

I said the schools "being" invited, not the schools who have "been" invited. 


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