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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: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:52 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

LMFAO ya I herd UGa FNY NUR HTD NUH JJF are all expected to join the BE on Friday!!!! Ive herd this crap for a month. If all these schools were expected to join by the Friday 3 weeks ago WTF is the problem??? Let me tell you this. 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??



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:48 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I don't think it's the BigEast that is taking its time; I think it's the schools being invited that are making sure that everything is in place to ensure that the move is going to beneficial, which is very smart if you ask me.  I would imagine they are working closely with eachother and the BigEast to get this done and that is why no invites have gone out yet.



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



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:40 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Instead of rumors can we get some facts from McMurphy. Here I'll help you... UCF IS EXPECTED TO ACCEPT an invite to the Big East this week. The source? Orlando Sentinel.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:40 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

The BE deserves death!!! Here we are weeks later and they still havent made a move. All you hear is they might invite this one or that one but no invites yet WTF????? I guess they will just wait until a few other teams leave before they start to believe they are in trouble. I cant believe they are still waiting and havent scooped up some of these other teams like Boise!!! What are they waiting on???

I don't think it's the BigEast that is taking its time; I think it's the schools being invited that are making sure that everything is in place to ensure that the move is going to beneficial, which is very smart if you ask me.  I would imagine they are working closely with eachother and the BigEast to get this done and that is why no invites have gone out yet.  It's also very smart on the BigEast to take its time.  I realize that time can be their worst enemy here, but at least they aren't just throwing out invites left and right trying to get anyone and everyone.  Marinatto, as dumb as everyone likes to claim he is, is actually making the right choice to evaluate each potential invite, the pros and cons that come with them, and the overall success that each invitee will bring to the conference.  This may have been something that should have been done years ago, but he's doing it now and he's doing it the right way.  He is bringing in the best of the Non-AQ teams to form a new conference.  At least his moves are not based on money and tradition, which I have seen so many people on these boards complain about,  but the best football teams available.  Marinatto is forming a conference that may still be deemed by many as the weakest AQ conference, but it will still be a conference that is good top to bottom, not just high or low.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:31 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I think this WVU fan is my new friend...



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:16 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

The BE deserves death!!! Here we are weeks later and they still havent made a move. All you hear is they might invite this one or that one but no invites yet WTF????? I guess they will just wait until a few other teams leave before they start to believe they are in trouble. I cant believe they are still waiting and havent scooped up some of these other teams like Boise!!! What are they waiting on??? If the Big 12 decides to go to 12 and Louisville and Cincy leaves who would want to even go to the BE....hell im suprised they want to go now!!! I just have a hard time believing someone wants to go all the way across the country tp play UCONN and Rutgers (who wants to go to ACC), and USF. Whats the point?? You are playing teams of that caliber now in your own league. Im confused....what is taking so long. I shouldnt care cause my team has found a home but its sad to see a conference die like that because of stupid people who cant run a conference!!! Just plain SAD!!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:54 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I think Notre Dame is behind the scenes working with the Big 12 from what was discussed on an earlier page (I haven't looked for the un-named ESPN and Dallas Morning News reports yet).   If true, then ND may be feeling some heat or fear now with the Big East changing.   If that is the case, then maybe the Big 12 makes sense with the TV 3rd Tier rights and an "x" number of years exception for NBC - or NBC may be playing a bigger card to get Big 12 conference games.

Something's going on that we don't know behind the scenes for TV broadcasting which is (IMHO) the main driver (money #1) and then for the AQ Status which would suddenly put a promise into schools shut out by conference realignment (SMU, Houston, etc were majors in the SWC days and want to get back there; tired of 2nd class citizenship).



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:54 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Come on Mike,

We have conversed on these threads for years.  Now you are just being a disengenuous person by stating you have never defended the conference.

You are sounding a lot like a politician to this little lady. 
I've NEVER defended Big East football. It's a joke. There's eight football teams, but 16 basketball teams. And all of the Big East Football schools suck. Except for WVU, but they even got their asses kicked by Syracuse this year. 

I've also never defended Big East management. It's just as much of a joke as the Football part of the conference is. 


Yep, those would be the ones making the tired "why don't they just add Hawaii" comments.
.. or the stupid UCF and Houston posters that think the Big East will survive despite going all the way out to the west coast to get teams when the majority of their teams are on the eastern side of the country, a lot of them being on the east coast. 



 



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:44 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Jesterrace, it is sad but true.  However, ECU won CUSA in 2008 and 2009 beating both VT and WVU early in the '08 season and being ranked in the top 20.  Sure we fell apart later in the year but still won the conference championship.  On the consistency point, Skip Holtz left us high and dry after the '09 season for USF.  It's difficult for a non-AQ team to build a program when success means your coach will leave for greener pastures forcing the program to start over with recruiting and system.  As far as whose up and down now, our record doesn't look so good right now but look at who we've played.  The teams we've lost to this year are a combined 38-8 right now.  South Carolina 7-2, VT 8-1, UNC 6-4, Houston 9-0, S. Miss 8-1.  You can't tell me UCF is up right now and we've already beaten Navy this year.  Honestly if you want to talk consistency the first team in line would be Southern Mississippi.  They like ECU aren't even in the conversation, it's about money not football.  What a shame.



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:47 pm
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I think it will be great for the Big East and for the NCAA to have such a diverse conference (not to mention the added benefits of utilizing BYU's tv station). If it ends up the way it's looking like it will, then year in and year out any of 6 or 7 teams would be a viable contenders for conference championship. No other conference is that strong top to bottom. And don't worry. I'm not saying this conference will be better than any other conference, just that it will be more diverse in potential champions.


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