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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: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:44 am
 

BYU possible with WEST Division

More incorrect reporting by Murphy.

BYU has le tit be known that they were interested in joining IF there was a West Division, NOT only a western partner.  BYU, Boise State, Air Force, SMU, Houston, and Louisville.  If Air Force or BSU were not to go, then Cincinnati.  

No where has BYU tied any prospects to SDSU.  



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:33 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Nothing screams Big East like a South Florida - San Diego State matchup.

And nothing screams Pacific 12 like a Colorado-Washington State matchup.

People seriously need to get over the whole name thing.  We've long accepted that the Big 10 can have more than 10 members.  We were willing to accept a Pacific conference with Texas and Oklahoma.  But god forbid the Big East doesn't live up to its name.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:27 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Travel costs will kill these teams especially in times like this where money is not growing on trees.  Do you know how expensive it is to get a team of 100 or so personel on a flight + hotel, etc.   This is really a joke.  I can't see how this is financially possible.   


Tighten it up.  Get local rivalries.  Temple should be a no brainer.  Maybe UMass?  How about Bowling Green?  East Carolina?  Just really brain storming.  This conference clearly seems desperate.  And I suppose it should be.  The ACC can grab UConn and Rutgers whenever they want once Notre Dame firms up their situation. 


Nothing screams Big East like a South Florida - San Diego State matchup.

Umm, that's why they're making an East and West division. Do you honestly think Boise St. will be flying to the East Coast three to four times a year? It's not gonna happen, they'll play the teams in their west division with maybe one game against the East division a year, not counting their conference championship game of course.

You also have to remember, the Big East is trying to KEEP their automatic bid, adding useless teams like UMASS, Bowling Green or East Carolina is only gonna weaken their stance. Money, tradition, fans, those teams bring nothing to the table. Boise St., BYU, Houston and San Diego St. are proven winners and have a tradition that BCS voters can identify with.



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:09 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Does Western Samoa have a team?




Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:03 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Travel costs will kill these teams especially in times like this where money is not growing on trees.  Do you know how expensive it is to get a team of 100 or so personel on a flight + hotel, etc.   This is really a joke.  I can't see how this is financially possible.   


Tighten it up.  Get local rivalries.  Temple should be a no brainer.  Maybe UMass?  How about Bowling Green?  East Carolina?  Just really brain storming.  This conference clearly seems desperate.  And I suppose it should be.  The ACC can grab UConn and Rutgers whenever they want once Notre Dame firms up their situation. 


Nothing screams Big East like a South Florida - San Diego State matchup.



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:25 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Looks like all the retards are out in full force.

Yep, those would be the ones making the tired "why don't they just add Hawaii" comments.



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:05 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Oh My!  I will have to update my av yet again.  I don't know how I will keep up.




Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:02 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Staubach Division
Navy
Temple
Rutgers
Uconn



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:02 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Unitas Division
Louisville
Cincinnati
Memphis
East Carolina



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:01 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Dickerson Division
SMU
Houston
UCF
USF


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