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Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:26 pm

Boise State has had discussions with the Western Athletic Conference to determine if its Olympic sports teams could join the WAC in 2012 in case the Broncos’ football program joins the Big East this fall, sources told

“The Big East has been pushing them ‘quietly’ to join for 2012,” a source said. “The WAC has had to rearrange lots of [its Olympic sports] schedules [in anticipation of the possible move].”

Boise State, along with San Diego State, Houston, SMU, UCF and Memphis, will join the Big East in 2013. However, the Big East desperately needs a replacement this fall for West Virginia, which is leaving for the Big 12. Because of West Virginia’s departure to the Big 12, the remaining seven Big East members would each need another game. The early addition of Boise State would fill that void.

Boise State president Bob Kustra recently said it’s “too late” for the Broncos’ football program to join the Big East this fall, but multiple college football industry sources are skeptical. Boise State's non-football or Olympic sports programs will compete in the WAC.

“Boise State still hasn’t ruled out coming to the Big East early,” a source said.

Two other sources told they believe Boise State will play in the Big East in 2012.

One reason is the Mountain West’s by-laws allow a school to leave early if a penalty is paid. If Boise State joined the Big East this fall, the Broncos’ would forfeit their final year of revenue in the MWC and pay double the amount of the final year’s revenue, meaning their “exit fee” would be determined by how successful they were in the MWC during the 2011-12 academic year.

So if Boise State joined the Big East for this fall it would owe the Mountain West about $8 million to $9 million.

On Friday, Kustra told the Idaho Statesman he thought it was too late to make a move for the Big East for the 2012-13 school year.

“I can't imagine how anyone can pull that off,” Kustra said. “We would never want to pull it off in a fashion that dealt shabbily with our existing partners in the Mountain West. I don't think that could ever work.” reported that West Virginia officials had contacted Big East future members to see if one could join the league a year early, which would reduce the amount of financial hardship to the league and also likely reduce the amount of West Virginia’s settlement with the league.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto was asked Wednesday if the Big East had contacted any schools about joining early in 2012 and if the league would help a school pay for its exit fees to leave early.

“The question is related to the impending litigation we're involved in on two fronts,” Marinatto said. “It would be inappropriate for me to get into specifics about all of that at this point. I'm going to not talk about that specifically.”

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2012 11:45 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

I see my alma mater Boise State treading lightly and not doing anything to upset anyone in the MWC in the event that the Big East is no longer desirable due to a possible scrapping of the AQ status in the BCS.  If there is no more AQ status, there is no reason to jump to the Big East.  I think president Kustra is trying to avoid burning any bridges, should this happen so there is a possibility of re-joining the Mountain West.  That said, if the Big East is willing to foot the MWC exic bill, I don't see Boise State passing that up.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:01 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

One has to wonder with all this realignment, shifting of conferences, mergers, etc.. and with all the payouts that these schools will have to fork out, makes you wonder who will ultimately be stuck with the check when the table is cleared. Any bets that the students will be left with this bill when the schools announce their tuition hikes? I am glad I live in a state where my children graduated HS that NM has the lottery scholarship program and we did not have to shell out extra cash for these numbs in administration making decisions that will affect my pocketbook. BSU/SDSU in the Big East...I wonder how much that airfare/hotel will be to send 52 football players plus all their staff and equipment to the east coast for a 4 hour game? My magic 8 ball says that BSU/SDSU students will pick up that check here real real real soon.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:23 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

canesguy, It certainly should "say something to the new teqms coming in" to the Big Least that everybody else is trying desperately to get out. I choose to draw a lesson from the fact that these new schools have willingly queued up to get inside. It looks to me as if they've made a canny bet that there will not be any chairs left in which what remains of the Old Guard can sit down when the music stops. Rutgers. Cincinnati. UCONN. USF. Louisville. Four commuter schools and a program in which even Howard Schnellenberger couldn't sustain a heartbeart. Yeah, who'll grab them up first, the Big Ten or the SEC?

These new fellas may well be abandoned, but not until the Aztec Warriors piggy-back on the Cowboys' cross-border initiative. Or some network "brain" imagines that the Boise-Mormon connection indicates an untapped market for Broncos football throughout the Kingdom. Otherwise, it's almost likelier that one of your Hurricanes football alumni will emulate Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh by gifting seven figures to the desperately needy athletic program at the U.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:59 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

billytango, Hold up there, pilgrim. It's share and share alike with the BCS payouts. A given amount is first set aside for reasonable expenses; then, what remains is split equally among all of the member schools. So, only 1/6th of any 2012-13 payout will be theirs to use as they please.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:23 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Let's get real here. The ACC is in no hurry to add Syracuse and Pitt. The truth is that the ACC never really wanted them in the first place. All the ACC wanted, was to break up the Big East basketball, so that they could reign supreme once again. The ACC got tired of being non relevant by comparison, and particularly resented the ACC Tournament being pushed to the back of the bus, by the Big East Tourney at the Garden.

Syracuse and Pitt will run through ACC basketball like an enema. You think Duke and UNC are looking forward to playing Syracuse and Pitt two times a year. Think again. The NCAA selection committee usually shields UNC and DUke from the power teams of the Big East. They won't be able to protect them now. Also, if UConn eventually joins the ACC, the Tar Heels and Blue Devils will become also rans.

When the Big 12 expands, and they will, the teams added may surprise. Look for the ACC to be raided. When the smoke clears, the ACC won't be able to pick a football from a lineup of pumpkins. Florida State and Miami immediately come to mind, and perhaps Clemson. VaTech is not a target, but they would never leave the ACC, because being in the same conference with UVA is all that the Hokies ever aspired to. They have already achieved the only thing that matters to them. Also, wouldn't discount the notion of Pitt. Stranger things have happened. Currently, the football schools of the ACC aren't thrilled, to say the least. Football is what drives the machine in college sports, but in the ACC, they still think it's basketball. They're wrong.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:00 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

@van111: Do you think they would travel to Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, and West Virginia?  (If given the invite). Just a thought.

I personally don't think Boise will be in play as the Big 12 seems to be looking east and not north. The Big 12 will not add West Virginia and then leave them dangling without regional competition. Next Louisville, then who? Pittsburgh? 

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:01 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

I like the new possible divisions... But I would rather go to 16 teams and go for Maryland or ECU in the east and Iowa State or Nevada in the west.... just a thought 


<li>East               West</li>

<li>Rutgers         Boise</li>

<li>UConn          Houston</li>

<li>South Fl        SMU           </li>

<li>Cent Fl         SDSU</li>

<li>Navy            Air Force</li>

<li>Cincy           Louisville</li>

<li>Temple        Memphis </li>

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:12 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Texas A&M and Missouri pay the Big 12 a total of 40 million so that they can go to the SEC.
9 million of that goes to the Big East to help pay for West Virginia's 20 million to leave this year.
The Big East forwards on the 9 million to Boise State so it can leave the MWC.


Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:05 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

The Big East is far from out of the woods. None of these schools are actually in the conference yet, and when, not if, the Big 12 looks to expand to 12, BEast teams including Boise will be in play. So like the TCU situation, chances are there is more fall out to come beofre anyone actually joins this conference in play.

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:18 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

If I were SU and Pitt, I'd tell the BE we aren't travelling to Boise, end of story.

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