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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 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, 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, 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, once Boise State finds a conference home for its Olympic sports.

Sources told 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, 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

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:10 am

Beijing University for Big East

The source said the Big east is willing to accept Beijing University and University of Paris for Non-football-Non-Basketball, revenue only member. They are also talking with Indai University for revinew only membership...

There is no shame in so called collage sports.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:59 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Come on Syradouche Mike, pull your head out! So its too far for a school to cross a time zone but clearly it makes sense for SyraLOSE to go to Miami.....what a moron!

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:54 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

lol @ MikeSyr. The Big East sucks but so does the ACC. The SEC, Big 10 and Pac 12 don't care about that garbage conference. ACC hasn't put a team in the title game since 2000 and Florida State is the only to play in a BCS championship. Miami and Virginia Tech were still in the Big East when they went. Seriously don't know why you're bragging about conference strength when the ACC will be the worst BCS conference if and when the Big East is stripped of their AQ status. Not to mention, Syracuse actually worsens the strength of the ACC in football. Cuse has finished above .500 one time in the past 10 years and they had a 7-5 record during the regular season. The only reason they had that many wins was because they played Akron, Maine and Colgate. So again, why are you bragging about conference strength when your team can only finish above .500 with one of the weakest schedules in the country?

Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:29 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Why not add Hawaii to the Big East list of possiblities.  Hell, Arizona to the Big Ten (how many teams are in the Big Ten) and Miami to the Pac 10,12,14,16 whatever it is called these days.  These moves all seem like great ones.  $$$$$$$$$College Sports$$$$$$$$$$$.

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:14 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

It's all about the money.  If you offered them an extra dollar they would travel to Europe. 

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:57 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Now the Big East looks desperate. It's ridiculous to have teams from the west come east. These schools like BYU, San Diego St. didn't want to visit Hawaii and said travel cost burdened them but are willing to go east 2 or 3 timezone to have league opponents? Don't get it, is Southwest airlines giving them 59 dollar deals??? My take is if you wanna be at the National scene well just run the table and go undefeated, YES, don't lose  throughout your 12 or 13 game schedule! They can't deny you a BCS game. Just have the SEC rank as high as 1 and 2 during the season and let them beat each other out and eliminate themselves from BCS contention and do your job by running the table...

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:55 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

The Big East is not a "joke" for expanding westward.

Why ask stupid questions, Syracuse Mike?  If you are trying to discredit the new Big East, you have to come up with more compelling arguments than making allusions to the Middle East.  The new Big East will be competitive and will definitely maintain its AQ status, whether you like it or not. 
You have to be the biggest idiot I've ran into so far this year, and it's November. 

First of all, it is a joke that the Big East is trying to expand all the way to the west coast. Only a stupid poster like yourself would argue otherwise. Just imagine the travel costs, and the time zone conflicts. Seriously, you lost all credibility. Let me just tell you something you don't realize by saying you're in with the less than 0.001% of college sports fans that actually agree that the Big East is not a joke for expanding all the way out to the west coast. Perhaps they should just go after Hawaii too by your logic?  You're done after this. There's no point in reading the rest of your post. I suggest you pack up your bags and leave this website. 

By the way, the Big East will have one good school. Boise. That's not good enough to maintain BCS status. Nice try though. I guess as a homer Houston fan, you do not realize what a joke the Big East is. Other conferences (like the ACC and Big 12) always have their way with the Big East. So I guess if you think the Big East will remain a power/BCS conference, that's your stupidity. Don't feel down when the Big East is downgraded to a mid-major. Just saying. 


Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:23 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

"If all these western teams join the Big East, how does this make the conference any better than the Mountain West is now? If these teams aren't considered good enough to deserve an automatic qualifying bid by the almighty BCS, what makes them good enough just because they would join a depleted football conference?"

While I agree with most of what you said here I have to disagree with this section.  The problem is that with any conference you have to factor in the performance of all teams and not just the best ones.  In the MWC there are 4 teams out of the 10 that would be there next year that have overall losing records in their entire history.  That means 40% of the conference loses more often than not.  Also consider that the MWC/C-USA merger is going through in the near future and when you factor that in with all of the current teams in both conferences that is 10 of the 22 teams that produce overall losing records (or 45% of the teams of that merger).  On the other hand by collecting the best of these conferences and putting them all in one conference you only have 2 of the proposed teams that barely fall below the .500 mark (breaking even) and one of those programs is on the rise.  That means that less than 18% of the proposed Big East loses more often than not, as opposed to the 40-45% of the MWC and MWC/C-USA merger.  That is the difference.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 1:51 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

heck, why not add hawaii to the big east? makes about as much sense as sdsu. maybe boston college can join the WAC. RIDICULOUS.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 1:17 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I can't help but ask "What's the point of all this?" The BCS system is ruining college football and making ADs and college presidents act like kids in a toy store who can't decide which toy they want. If all these western teams join the Big East, how does this make the conference any better than the Mountain West is now? If these teams aren't considered good enough to deserve an automatic qualifying bid by the almighty BCS, what makes them good enough just because they would join a depleted football conference, the Big East, which is losing many of their signature schools and is a sub-par football conference anyway? The automatic bid is ridiculous and needs to be done away with. Save the BSC spots for teams who deserve it regardless of conference. 

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