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Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 9:05 am
 
Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and UCF will join the Big East Conference in 2013, sources told CBSSports.com.

The announcement will be made Wednesday. The league will hold a 5 p.m. ET teleconference to formally discuss the new members. Realignment map: The new Big East

Boise State and San Diego State will join the Big East as football-only members, while Houston, SMU and UCF will join as all-sport members. Boise State is expected to put its non-football sports in the WAC, while San Diego State would place its non-football sports in the Big West, sources told CBSSports.com.

With the addition of those five schools -- minus the departures of West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse -- the Big East will have 10 football members.

With those five schools on board, Navy is expected to join as a football-only member -- possibly as soon as next week -- to boost the football membership to 11 schools.

The Big East hopes to add Air Force as its 12th football school -- as a football-only member -- but the Falcons still remain undecided.

If the Big East cannot get Air Force, Temple would be a likely candidate to become the Big East's 12th member.

Even with the new schools, sources also told CBSSports.com that the Big East still plans to make West Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh honor the league's 27-month exit requirement and stay in the league until June 30, 2014. Big East commissioner John Marinatto has said previously the league could have more than 12 football members and 16 basketball members during the 2013 season.

However, West Virginia AD Oliver Luck told CBSSports.com two weeks ago the Mountaineers are planning to join the Big 12 next season.

"We're planning on all sports spending the 2012-13 academic year in the Big 12," Luck said. "The Big 12 folks haven't given us a [deadline] date. We're 100 percent focused on competing in the Big 12 and with this season closing, have time to prepare for next year.

"Our coaches are starting to think about Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas and all the other schools we'll be facing in the Big 12 next year."

Both West Virginia and the Big East have filed lawsuits. West Virginia claims it should not have to honor the 27-month commitment, while the Big East contends West Virginia may not leave before 2014.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh have not filed a lawsuit to join the ACC early, but are monitoring the West Virginia situation. If WVU leaves before 2014, Syracuse and Pittsburgh would do the same, sources said.



Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:10 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Who in the hell would want to watch these teams play football???  Talk about low ratings!  How they'll pull off future tv deals will be a miracle!!!



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:48 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

While reading this article, I didn't see one valid reason why it would make the new Big East worse. McMurphy needs to do a better job of explaining. We all know this is about money and the bias the big schools have against smaller market programs is unacceptable. The entire CFB needs to be more open and honest. Right now the entire CFB needs a complete makeover. If anything the Big East should change their name.



Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:32 am
 

Louisville not last BCS winner from Big East

In response to the  "all the BCS winners are now gone from the Big East" ...the most recent BCS winner from the Big East, Louisville, is still with the Big East. If you are going to damn the confernce at least be accurate on such simple, basic, look it up facts.  Thanks!


Appaerntly the person challengign other's to look up facts cannot do it himself.  Louisville was not the last winner.  They played and won in 2007 over Wake Forest.  West Virginia won over Oklahome in 2008.



Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:30 am
 

Lousiville not last BE BCS winner

In response to the  "all the BCS winners are now gone from the Big East" ...the most recent BCS winner from the Big East, Louisville, is still with the Big East. If you are going to damn the confernce at least be accurate on such simple, basic, look it up facts.  Thanks!

Incorrect sir.  Louisville won in 2007; West Virginia won in 2008.



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:28 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Doubt Boise makes the move if there is no automatic BCS slot available.  The conference is still the Big Least.



Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:24 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Wait....San Diego State in the Big EAST???  Nothing is West of San Diego, except the Pacific Ocean.  What a joke...all this is re-alignment crap is out of control.  Makes less and less sense every day.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:21 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

In response to the  "all the BCS winners are now gone from the Big East" ...the most recent BCS winner from the Big East, Louisville, is still with the Big East. If you are going to damn the confernce at least be accurate on such simple, basic, look it up facts.  Thanks!



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:02 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

It's for football only, and a team traveling three time zones would be rare.



Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:01 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

jdkla -

Thanks for your concern about us, but we have an airport and everything here now in San Diego.  The fact is, speaking on behalf of SDSU fans, this move makes it much more likely to visit out of town games than before.  Where are I more likely to visit (especially in the fall and winter)?  Currently I would need to travel to spots such as Laramie, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, and Fort Collins.  Only UNLV is drivable at 5 hours.  All these destinations require flights and then significant drives (except for Albuquerque, I'm not sure if you can fly direct from San Diego or not).  Instead, I can choose to travel to Tampa, Orlando, Dallas, Houston, New York, Louisville and Cincinnati.  No offense to the Mountain West destinations, they are nice little places in their way (particularly if you ski), but the much larger cities of the new Big East are far easier to get to and are more interesting destinations.  I suspect that net travel times are similar despite the fact the distances are greater.  And I expect that the televison coverage will be far superior, the new Big East will have a much larger fan and population base making potential televison contracts much more lucrative.  For football this move is a no-brainer for Boise State and SDSU.  We'll have to see about basketball (apparently we'll be going to the Big West, a big step down) and I will miss our rivalries with with UNLV and New Mexico in particular, but maybe it will give us access to OOC games with current and future Big East members as well.   



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:52 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Big East?

They need to change the name..a new brand.    How about   Big Country?

It should help the college players grades when they have to travel three time zones to play conference games.  What has happened the last two years is all what is wrong with college athletics.


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