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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: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:25 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Maybe all of the new realigning is just a way to torture Geography Insructors the same way Math Instructors are with the BIG-10? and the PAC-10?


...and, by the way, what Mensa Thinktank named the Big-10? divisions Leaders and Legends?  




Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:19 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

The conference BSU joined the big east because it does have an automatic BCS bid.... for now. The big east has had a better reputation than their current confernece. Not all schools can be in the SEC and Big 10. They accepted the invitation they were offered with the hopes of playing better and different teams. You can't accept an invetation you haven't been offered. BSU will probably never be offered an invitation to join the SEC. If they were given that chance I am sure they would take it. That is a great conference. Control what you can control. 

FYI BSU has never played Alabama.

Yet another post from someone that thinks they know everything.  
 




Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:16 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

The conference BSU joined the big east because it does have an automatic BCS bid.... for now. The big east has had a better reputation than their current confernece. Not all schools can be in the SEC and Big 10. They accepted the invitation they were offered with the hopes of playing better and different teams. You can't accept an invetation you haven't been offered. BSU will probably never be offered an invitation to join the SEC. If they were given that chance I am sure they would take it. That is a great conference. Control what you can control. 

FYI BSU has never played Alabama.

Yet another post from someone that thinks they know everything.  





Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:16 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

Lets see Boise beat SEC finalist Georgia on the road this season, last season they beat ACC champion Virginia Tech on the road and before that they beat Big 12 champ OU in the Fiesta so they beat the top squads from these leagues but would finish no better than
.500? Imagine if their program was funded the way these other schools were rather than trying to compete with pennies on the dollar. Its pretty sad that they loose 2 games in 2 years by a total of 6 points yet get a massive 2 million payout from the Bowls while a team like VT who Boise beat on the road last year, and has more losses will make nealy 40 million over that same time period. There is not a program in the country that would not be crying about the joke of a system we have.  



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:16 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

I love it! Change the name to the National College Football League!  NCFL!!!!  A TRUE Coast to Coast league, great universities, great cities, up and coming (some already here) teams. The upside is HUGE. It is 2012, nearly, not 1912. All deserve to be in it to win it, just like in college baseball and college basketball. Now the Big East aka: NCFL will represent solid, strong football from the west coast to the east coast. HEY, it works for the NFL and all other major sports and College Football is a Major sport, second most popular sport in America, only behind the NFL. The Big East is set up for success, Big Time! Now it makes sense that they hired Paul Tagliabue! Major markets, Major schools, and a Major Sport.  I can easily sell that! I hope CBS, FOX or NBC steps up and shoves down it ESPNs’s throat. (Notre Dame are you paying attention? if so you might want to tell NBC this is a very good thing!)  Will anybody stand up to ESPN? Probably not, their own staff are robotic puppets or are scared to go against the canned storyline. What is old is new and what is new is old!!!  Throw in Air Force and Navy, football only and Temple and Memphis for basketball only at first and then bring Memphis and Temple in for football once they have had time to sell the new line-up and HUGE national exposure they will get, to improve their football programs(although Temple is looking real good already!)  they then will join the same year  when Air Force and Navy join!



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:07 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

4-4 in the SEC, please put the pipe down?  If Boise State had Alabama's schedule they would have gone 6-2, 5-3 at the worst.  If they had LSU's the would have gone 7-1 or 6-2... of course that means the would have only had to face one of them, so lets give them Arkansas schedule... 6-2, of course I have them losing to LSU and Alabama.  But 4-4, gimme a break.  



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:06 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

First, if nobody has said it already - let me say it.  I give a hearty welcome to West Virginia to the Big 12.  I think WVU has made a wise move to align itself with the recommitted Big 12 as we continue to add a few members in the next few months to restore the league back to twelve teams so that we can again have a championship game.  WVU, if anybody tells you that you are not worthy of being in the Big 12 they are dead wrong because I think that your type of team, your current head coach, and your fanbase make you one of the most desirable teams in FBS division.  I think that there is no weight to the Big East's lawsuit against WVU and I think that we will see WVU on the 2012 Big 12 schedule.  I think that WVU will be in a bowl game next year even during their first year in the Big 12.  As an Oklahoma State alumnus I say welcome to the first day of the rest of your life WVU!

The Big East is literally grasping at straws to remain relevant so that they do not lose their automatic BCS bowl bid for the Big East champion.  The loss of so many of the remaining powers within the conference really makes one question if the Big East should still have an automatic BCS bid.  To be honest, the Big East has not exactly invited "big tier" schools to replace those that have departed.  The Big East started to fall apart the minute Virginia Tech, Boston College, and Miami bolted for the ACC and the Big East has relied so heavily on WVU and Pitt to carry the conference which they have done for the most part despite facing lesser competition.  

With WVU, Pitt, and Syracuse lost from the Big East that leaves Cincinnati, Louisville, and Rutgers as the lone "football schools" left within the conference.  Adding Boise State adds credibility to the conference which will be lost once Boise State destroys the other schools in the conference and wins the BCS bowl bid every year until the BCS decides to remove the automatic qualifier for the Big East.  I don't like the move from Boise State's perspective because I thought that it was only a matter of short time until a major conference such as the Big 12 extended an invitation to Boise State to join a much larger and more stable conference with a guaranteed shot at a BCS bowl game.  From what I can see is that Boise State found a way to make sure that they are not left out of the BCS every year that they go 11-1 and wind up in the Las Vegas bowl again.  I think that Boise State just locked themselves into an agreement with a conference dead-set on loyalty over money which is sad because I honestly do believe that Boise State would have been invited to the PAC 12 within the next year or two.  Boise State's survival is reliant upon the other schools in the Big East to improve so that Boise State appears tough against equal competition, not lesser.  If Boise State dominates the Big East (which is what I expect they will do) it will be the beginning of the end for the Big East.  I don't think Boise State thought this through because the BCS could pull the plug on the Big East's automatic bid as soon as the end of this bowl season.  I would have waited to see if the BCS did make a move in the off-season.
Here is how I consider the 2012 Big East Schools:
UConn:  Good basketball school, MAC-level football school
Rutgers:  Mid-major football program with occasional BCS teams (just not right now)
Temple (if added):  MAC-level football school
Cincinnati:  Mid-major football program with occasional BCS teams (just not right now)   
Louisville:  Mid-major football program that has regressed to MAC level.
UCF:  MAC level football school
South Florida:  Mid-major football program with occasional BCS teams (just not right now)
University of Houston:  Probably the largest enrollment of all of the schools, could have been invited shortly to Big 12 or even the PAC 12 if they had waited to see if they got any offers but they chose to go for the easy money right now.
SMU:  Another former large football program that could have been poised for a big-time return to glory in a larger conference such as the Big 12 or PAC 12. 
San Diego State:  MAC level football program occasionally rising to the level of mid-major.
Boise State:  BCS level team in a primarily MAC level conference. 

Sorry Big East fans for that horrid assessment of the schools that comprise your conference but those are my opinions.  I hope for your sake that the BCS does not see your conference the way I do.     &n
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Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:06 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

I love it! Change the name to the National College Football League!  NCFL!!!!  A TRUE Coast to Coast league, great universities, great cities, up and coming (some already here) teams. The upside is HUGE. It is 2012, nearly, not 1912. All deserve to be in it to win it, just like in college baseball and college basketball. Now the Big East aka: NCFL will represent solid, strong football from the west coast to the east coast. HEY, it works for the NFL and all other major sports and College Football is a Major sport, second most popular sport in America, only behind the NFL. The Big East is set up for success, Big Time! Now it makes sense that they hired Paul Tagliabue! Major markets, Major schools, and a Major Sport.  I can easily sell that! I hope CBS, FOX or NBC steps up and shoves down it ESPNs’s throat. (Notre Dame are you paying attention? if so you might want to tell NBC this is a very good thing!)  Will anybody stand up to ESPN? Probably not, their own staff are robotic puppets or are scared to go against the canned storyline. What is old is new and what is new is old!!!  Throw in Air Force and Navy, football only and Temple and Memphis for basketball only at first and then bring Memphis and Temple in for football once they have had time to sell the new line-up and HUGE national exposure they will get, to improve their football programs(although Temple is looking real good already!)  they then will join the same year  when Air Force and Navy join!





Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:01 am
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

REALIGNMENT ; SCHMEALIGNMENT

What's next?  Hwaii joining the ACC?


Just imagine how much money College Football generates if they can totally disregard the huge increase in travel expenses involved with all of these future road trips.   


  With this new kind of 'realignment'  going on, I sure hope my Chiropractor doesn't get any ideas.




Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Boise State, 4 others to join Big East in 2013

The BCS is kinda like a committee - but who makes up that group and what is their purpose?

All Division I football conferences and independent schools (Notre Dame, and now BYU?) are members of the BCS.

In my opinion, and I used to work for politicians, the BCS is a smoke and mirror trick so the football conferences can avoid a playoff system and continue to supply teams for meaningless bowl games to make ESPN happy with hours of additional content to air. 

The BCS states their purpose as setting up better bowl match-ups and NOT lessening the enjoyment of a bowl game which has the purpose of  celebrating a successful football season. 

There was a time when going to a bowl game meant a school had a successful season and that the coaches would at least keep their job - or be offerred better jobs for having a good season.    

But there are now 35 bowl games and only 120 schools.  No wonder so many match-up this year are teams with records of...6-6.  Uck!


As long as fans continue to complain about the wrong people..."the BCS people" - things will continue as it has.  Fans need to voice their feelings to their school's President and Conference Commissioner.  Voice those feelings not on message board - but in written letters and threaten to boycott any conference championship games if a playoff system is not put in place.  Also, state you will not attend any bowl games not part of a play-off.  Nor will you buy any merchandise with the school's logo.  If this happened - we would all see a playoff (like the FCS's 16 team playoff) in our future.    &nbs
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As long as we continue to let them use smoke and mirrors to mis-direct our complaints - nothing will change.  Do we really need to have so many Party Bowls where the number #6 team from one conference plays the #4 team from another conference so a local Chamber of Commerce and ESPN makes money while the fans are gettting screwed?      
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