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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 CBSSports.com.

“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 CBSSports.com 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.”

CBSSports.com 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.”
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Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:48 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Didn't I say all of this last night?  Guys, I'm good, but don't quote me as a "source".  lol



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Big East is the BEST Basketball Conference Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:24 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

“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.”


Translation: I'm an idiot, but I'm working on it. 



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

The fact remains that life in such a riddled BCS Conference is still prefereable to life as a non-AQ.  Even if BCS status does go away the Big East will still have more draw than C-USA, MWC, WAC, Sunbelt or MAC if for no other reason than the fact that the Big East is still one of the best Bball conferences out there.  What are the other non-AQs known for?  The Mountain West earned a reputation for being the BCS Buster Conference but the problem is that all of the teams that helped contribute to that reputation have left.  The only "BCS Buster" team left after 2013 is Hawaii and they don't really count given that they are the only BCS Buster that lost miserably.  I think if BSU can get the scheduling worked out and get the Big East involved in their buyout then this could be beneficial for both parties.  That said I wish they would make up their minds. 



Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Villanova is pulling a Boston College and blocking Temple from joining, figuring there's only one school in the Philly area that should join. Also considering that Temple used to be a BE member and then got ousted for lackluster attendence and facilities, I just don't see this happening.

Hail to Pitt! 



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Boise State should be careful making too many waves on its way to the Big East.  The Big East is on life support and as far as its AQ status that is only assured until 2014.  At that point everything could change and Boise would have taken on all this extra travel to be right where they are now.  WVU leaving is the reason for the push but do recall Louisville has made it clear they want to move and if so Cincinatti will likely follow.  I guess if you're Boise, a gurrantted BCS spot for 2 years is better than where you are now but the future after that is uncertain.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:13 pm
 

This is too much fun...

If anything is going to bring down the NCAA's de facto exemption from antitrust laws, it will be the fallout from realignment.  When you combine this with the BS Sham-pionship game being exposed for the joke that it truly is, those who are stonewalling for status quo are very close to taking a severe beating.  When both the public and the US Government are no longer on your side, its' time to rethink your position.  

My guess: within five years, there will be a true playoff, and athletes will be able to take money.    



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:58 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Big East should just go away for football.  If it fell apart, the other members could at least try to get somewhere relevant.  ALL the teams remaining are still DYING to get out and would bolt for a better conference in a HEARTBEAT without any thought for the other teams left behind.  Yet, these new teams coming to the big east are excited???  Rutgers, South Florida, UConn etc are dying to get out of the big east....shouldn't that say something to the new teams coming in....LOL



Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

Despite its success, Boise State has been received much criticism over the past few years due to its non-BCS conference affiliation. If it can play in a BCS conference with an AQ in 2012 they must be bold and go for it. My guess is that they can win the Big East and receive a BCS invitation to either the Orange or Sugar Bowl which pays in excess of $14 mil. Their payout would be half the early exit fee to the MWC. The total exit fee can be paid out of the settlement amount. If WVU can cancel its opener with Marshall and replace their non-conference opener with BSU, they would play before a record crowd in Morgantown (Miami v. WVU 10 years ago drew in excess of 70,000.) The gate and tv revenue would benefit both schools and their conferences. I understand BSU's concern over slighting the MWC but, given the multi-million dollar exit fee, they will get over it and laugh all the way to the bank. WVU cancelled its game with FSU but that's because it conflicts with their conference opener through no fault of their own.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:45 pm
 

Boise State still possibility to Big East in 2012

I like this or grab Temple(would knock the MAC to 12, 6 each side) and get Air force to join in 2015 when Navy comes to have 14.<br /><br /><br />AF is a option again becuse they said no to coast to coast bt with merger both wil be so come for the money and tv.<br /><br /><br />

<ul>

<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>

</ul>



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