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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: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:00 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Faulk Division
SanDiego State
Boise State
BYU
Air Force



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:00 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Faulk Division
SanDiego State
Boise State
BYU
Air Force



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:32 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Why not call it The Big USA? How close to "East" is SDS?


  



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:27 am
 

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. 

 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:47 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

San Diego St., Boise St. and BYU to the Big "east?"  I'm glad WVU is leaving.  Hell, our travel might even be closer in the BIG 12.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:58 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I've neve defended Big East Football or their stupid management. I only defend the basketball part of the conference.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:42 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

The Big 12 could put an end to all of this nonsense by expanding back to 12 teams and taking Louisville and Cincinnati.  That would effectively end the Big East as far as a Football Conference is concerned.  The Big East still could attempt to salvage their Conference by taking UCF, Temple, East Carolina, Memphis, and Navy to go with USF, UConn and Rutgers, but they would lose their AQ status.  If Boise State and the Air Force are smart, they stay in the MWC.  The MWC hs a better chance today of becoming an AQ Conference for 2014 than the Big Least does.  This is about as desperate as a Conference can get.  The ACC, Big 10, Pac 12, and SEC must be laughing their tails off at the Big East.  One wonders what has happened to Houston and SMU.  They seemed to be ready to join the Big Least last week, but so far, nothing has been said. 



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:39 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

When asked why do you rob banks, Dillinger replied, "Because that's where the money is."

Why is the Big East looking westward?  Because that is where the teams are.

Now that the ACC has a Big East Division and SyrMike has decided to be a dick to his old conference that he used to defend so vehemently on theses boards (hypocrite defined), it is clear the Big East has no choice but to go westward and get the best available teams that aren't the MAC, etc. The Big East would do well to add a 6 team west division to go with their 6 eastern teams.  Is it enough to keep the AQ status? Well I don't know but I would suggest what does it hurt if they do keep it? 

In the end only two teams play for the big prize.  The rest are just playing for pride.

Mike, I was disappointed that Syracuse and Pitt left for the ACC, just as I am disappointed that West Virginia and TCU are heading to the Big XII.  But clearly there are multiple causes and effects at play here:
  1. Big East did not expand after previous defection in 2003.
  2. Big East allowed basketball teams to vote on football matters.
  3. Big East did not protect its teams.
  4. The Big East spit on ESPN, the Don of Sport
  5. ESPN is complicit in the dismantling of the Big East (a crime has been committed)
  6. The game of musical chairs began and no team wants to find itself without a chair when the music stops.
I have to say, College Football sux right now.  I find myself losing interest in what was the greatest sport. The great men of coaching have no integrity, the great institutions that profess 'holier than thou' integrity in their mission to shape men and women as leaders in society have sold their souls, and now we have Penn State scandal.

Starting to make the NBA seem tame. 



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:31 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I forgot to mention that ESPN will try to do every single thing to destry the Big East since they did not sign the new TV deal. So, ESPN told ACC  to take away Cure and Pitts. And then, they try to ruin the Big XII for Fox TV deal.
People in colleage athletics cannot be so innocent, ESPN and whole medea thing is going ruine the amature sports after all!
 



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:28 am
 

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Looks like all the retards are out in full force. Yup, people replying to me when I'm saying the same thing as everybody else. Probably just the same poster with multiple accounts. The site is turning into just as much of a joke as the Big East.


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