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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

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

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 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 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.


Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:51 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

For all those crying about the schedule of BSU, they try to get BCS top notch games, but most of those teams decline to play BSU for two reasons. 1) Financially, they "say" they wouldn't make any money from playing them, & 2) They know there's a possibility of losing to BSU and would knock them out of BCS Championship contention. If Georgia would have won against BSU earlier this year, they would have been in BCS talks before LSU beat them down. NOW!!!! If anybody is out there that thinks the BCS is a money bag, ask the BCS "Experts" this...... If these so called "Experts" have the correct rankings, why is #13 playing #11 in the Sugar Bowl & #23 playing #15 in the Orange Bowl while #'s 7, 8, & 9 are left out of the BCS Bowls? IF any of these BCS "Experts" tell you it's not about money, they're lying to you. It's not about putting the best teams against each other; it's about putting the most fans in seats and getting your money!!! If it were not so, someone please tell me why a 6-7 UCLA get's a bid!!!

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:36 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

So much for the "fans" of college football for these teams!!!  They are in the West, Southwest and Northwest part of the country and they are joining a conference on the east coast!!  REALLY??  How many fans will be able to go to some of these games?? DISGUSTING!!

Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:45 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Contrary to your screen name, your commentary is completely subjective. If you think LSU and Bama are the only teams preparing for a football game you're on glue. Ever hear of recruiting? These bowl games are excellent recruiting tools and you don't think team and conference pride come into play? I get it, you're an SEC homer (or at least a sympathizer) but spare us. Boise St beat the only SEC team on their schedule, quite handily I might add.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:10 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

You couldve stopped your post after...Lets see Boise beat SEC finalist Georgia on the road this season.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:09 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

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Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:44 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

The Big Least is a joke of mammoth proportions.  TAKE THEIR BCS GAME AWAY.  Check and see how many they've won.  And the ones that won are gone.  Even West Virginia in a BCS game this year is a travesty.

Temple??  Temple???  They couldn't even win the MAC.  San Diego State???  San Diego State??  They've NEVER WON THE MOUNTAIN WEST!!!!  Houston didn't win C-USA.  If SMU gets good, they'll go to the Big 12 as soon as they can.  

Can anyone explain why they're doing this other than ESPN wants it this way???


Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:36 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Natisaurus, right on! We have someone making comments with some common sense

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:29 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

You can't beat teams that are not on your schedule. BSU is doing what they can to schedule better games. Who is saying they can play with anyone? Match them up against someone that people are saying they can't beat and see how that goes. ASU in a bowl game is a joke. 


Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:28 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

I've read a lot of comments on this blog and over the past few months criticizing Boise State, The Big East, the ACC, The PAC 12, the Big 12, Notre Dame, the BCS, the NCAA, and so forth for all the conference changes. I don't think anyone can deny that money is the root of the problem and most of us don't like the disruption to our sacred love of college athletics. Unfortunately many universities and colleges have become dependent on sports revenue to keep their schools affordable and operating. It's just the nature of the beast. I'm not telling you anything new.

So what is the cause of why schools like Boise State need to join a conference with the bulk of their competion being thousands of miles away so they can increase revenue to build that new arena or practice field or put uniforms on their other athletic teams? ESPN? CBS? FOX? Or the many other Sports Networks? Cable and satellite TV? NO, the problem lies with us. Through technology, increased availability, and our insatiable appetite for everything that is sports we have stoked the coffers of our dear friends, the media which will eventually result in super conferences. I remember when you only had one or two games available on a Saturday afternoon, with announcers like Keith Jackson, Chris Schenkel, or Jack Whitaker. Now you have a choice of almost any game being played across the nation with two, maybe three announcers in the booth and with three or four announcers in the studio to critique it all. It all costs money. Not a bad thing but a cause and effect. No, when the Supreme Court ruled in 1984 that the NCAA television plan violated the Sherman Antitrust Act and opened the flood gates to the many broadcast options, money fueled the circus. The idea was just and we now reap the benefits, but like any drug, it can be habit forming and also has it's share of bad side effects.

So before we criticize one school for seeking to better itself, or for a conference trying to survive, or for a team not able to schedule all  the numero uno's of a college sport, think about why this is so. We want a national winner and be damned with whoever a team or a conference steps on along the way. But for many of us, we just want an exciting, competive, and well played game with some scoring other than field goals. Look into the stands this bowl season and see how may fans hold up the number one. In their minds their team is the best. And shouldn't that be way it is?

Alabama or LSU will have the mythical tiltle of National Champion this year. Let's hope one of them can score a touchdown or two this time around.

Good for Boise State and the Big East. I hope it works out for all of college sports.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:52 am

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Lets see Boise beat SEC finalist Georgia on the road this season
Georgia is not an elite team. They are #16 because they won some games in the SEC. Georgia had the 5th best overall record of all teams in the SEC. They were fortunate to be in the much weaker division and made it to the conference finals. They are not better than Alabama, who didn't make it to the SEC championship game, nor are they better than Arkansas (whose only losses are to #2 Alabama and #1 LSU). Georgia lost to South Carolina, and were whipped by LSU. One solid win against a 7-5 Auburn team. Whoopie. Georgia is not an elite team in the SEC, and certainly not an elite national team.

Biose State beats one good team every year and they want to say they can play with anyone? They need to beat several teams at the top-10 level before we believe they are for real. Any team can get hyped up for one big game. It's the grind of playing week after week against LSU, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas, that will truly test the mettle of a team.

There's only one bowl game that means anything. All other bowl games are exhibitions. All but 2 teams are simply on vacation, and will enjoy their bowl week. You know the preparation for the BCS title game is very different than the prep for the Rose Bowl or other exhibition bowl games. Wisconsin and Oregon are going to Disneyland in Aneheim and enjoying the beach in Santa Monica, not preparing for a serious football game. Similar for everyone else but LSU and Alabama.

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