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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: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:16 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

I would expect the Big East to help with $$$$ ( like-wise as WVU to the b-12) to get the Broncos in the BE this year

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:11 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

This would be fantastic if they can start this season YES! ! I hope it all works out quick for the big east sake .  Also Boise State vs WVU trade out is a no brainer...I would take Boise State over wvu in a heart beat.. Talk about a national power !  All these  beaches that poor mouth these guys is ridiculus . Just ask the sooners amonst many others that got stuffed just how bad they are . They are one of the medias most talked about non BCS school there is  . And you can't get any better media exposure for the Beast than that . Welcome aboard mates and screw what all the ney sayers think . And lets start kicking some non-con big boys arses .

Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:00 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

They would never do this, but I would like Marinatto to say to SD St, and Boise... "Join this year, or never"

Then when they dont, invite SoMiss for 2013 and Temple for 2012 to take UWVs spot. (Navy all sports in 2015)
That way it is actually an eastern conference with existing rivalries set up, and there arent any football-only members.

East:  Uconn, Rutgers, Temple, UCF, USF, Navy
West: Cincy, L'ville, Memphis, SoMiss, SMU, Hou

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:58 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Sorry kubfan,

in the BE BSU will still be 11 - 1 even without Moore.   BSU will be like most other Big time Football programs.  They will have 3 or 4 games on the schedule that will make or break them for the season.   So dont worry you will still be able to whine about the Blue Turf and their schedule because they are not in the SEC...   

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:34 am

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

i dont care where boise state plays. maybe with that good qb gone they will lose  game early and we wont have to hear about them all year long. 3yeats is enough of that stuff.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:53 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

"The Mountain West and Sun Belt are more relevant than Big East."

Okay, you want to claim that the Big East is a joke compared to the other BCS Conferences, that's fine, but to claim that the MWC and Sunbelt are more relevant given the recent defections is ridiculous.  Had the Mountain West had Utah, BYU, TCU, Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada, Fresno State, San Diego State, Air Force, Wyoming, etc. I would agree with you whole-heartedly that the MWC would kick the crappola out of the Big East.  That said: Utah, BYU, TCU and now BSU and SDSU are gone, which essentially just ripped the core out of the Mountain West, making it just another average Non-AQ Conference.  As for the Sunbelt?  While Florida International has shown some promise and occasionally Troy and Arkansas State come out of the woodwork in that conference, let's face it, those guys couldn't hold a candle to the proposed Big East (as a conference). 

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:40 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

The other sports would be an absolute nightmare as they don't come anywhere near the revenue (unless you are a big name bball school), yet they have quite a few more games than football, which means more travel.  As crazy as it is for Boise State to be playing on the east coast for a few games each season in football it is much worse for the other sports.  Can you imagine the women's soccer team playing South Florida in Tampa?  YIKES!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:25 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

I agree...everyone is flying the BE coup and the new members will left the check at the end. If I was Boise...I would say to BE commish. If you want me that bad. Then pay my exit fees and take me in as a full member and not football only so I will get more than the 70% of the revenue for not being a full member. In addition. All the schools should be brought in as full members and if they cannot pay the bills then have the leaque subsidize the difference like the MWC does by giving the teams a 13 game schedule whenever you play Hawaii.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:51 pm

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

And the WORST Football Conference

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:07 pm
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