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Report: Big East to invite Boise State, five others

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Late last night, Ben noted a report which stated Big East officials were set to hold a teleconference Friday, with the primary objective being the conference’s presidents and chancellors voting on an increase in exit fees from the current $5 million to somewhere north of $10 million.

Should that transpire, the path would reportedly be cleared for the conference to move on to the next phase of keeping the league alive: doubling its current membership.

According to the New York Post, and citing unnamed sources, the Big East will issue invitations to Boise State, Air Force, Navy and UCF — those first three institutions would join as football-only members — once the exit fees are increased.  The Post reports those invitations could be made as early as this weekend.

The Big East had previously announced it had authorized conference officials to expand membership to an even dozen schools.

The final two spots, the Post reports, would come down to Temple, SMU and Houston.  From the paper:

Sources told The Post that Villanova expressed strong objection to sharing the Philadelphia market with Temple. Philadelphia, however, is home to Comcast, which logically favors more Philadelphia-based institutions. It’s possible the Owls could receive a football-only invitation.

If the Temple issue can’t be resolved, the league will move on Houston and SMU. Some factions in the conference don’t favor inviting both Texas schools, although with Boise State and Air Force aboard, it would make sense to have other programs west of the Mississippi.

Boise State has been connected to the Big East for the past couple of weeks, although a report surfaced yesterday that both the school and the conference had serious reservations about a hook-up.  Based on the Post‘s report, it appears at least one of the two sides have worked their way through whatever reservations it may have had.  It remains unclear how BSU would respond if issued an official invitation, although their decision would likely boil down to one factor: whether or not the Big East would maintain their automatic BcS bid beyond the current cycle that ends in 2013.

While some media outlets have referenced a two-year waiver that would carry the Big East’s automatic BcS bid through 2015, that’s far from guaranteed.  The addition of Boise State, however, could go a long way toward retaining the coveted and financially lucrative postseason slot.

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40 Responses to “Report: Big East to invite Boise State, five others”
  1. paintan8 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:47 PM

    My God. Just blow this Conference up and start over.

  2. nuclearwarfare says: Oct 14, 2011 1:59 PM

    And, yet, the Big East has an auto-bid. AMAZING.

  3. deadeye says: Oct 14, 2011 2:28 PM

    You gotta give the Big East credit, they are scrapping to keep the conference alive. The automatic bid might end up being the only thing that keeps it going. If that goes away, so does the conference. The TV deals will be smaller than the other conferences, and the travels costs will be higher.

  4. whoisedgy says: Oct 14, 2011 2:29 PM

    This seems like the best possible scenario.

    Air Force
    UCF (or better yet BYU)

    6 Holdovers

    Only thing better…
    Add Notre Dame only. Stay at 7 teams. Encourage ND to keep their NBC contract. Six conference games would give ND six OOC games and they could keep Michigan, USC, Stanfors, etc.

  5. judge41 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:38 PM

    now we finally get to see how Boise State does against the weekly grind of a BCS conference schedule.

  6. fcmlefty1 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:58 PM

    @whoisedgy – gotta believe Navy would end up in the east in your scenario. So would UCF. Probably looking at Louisville and Cincy in the West.

  7. florida727 says: Oct 14, 2011 3:18 PM

    Teams joining the league have to sign a contract. Contracts are negotiable. If I’m Boise State, I have an addendum clause added to the agreement that says if, at any time, the conference loses its BCS automatic qualifier status, they’re allowed to leave the conference at their sole discretion without any penalty whatsoever. Should they wish to leave for any other reason, the $10 million exit fee applies. Should pacify both sides.

  8. atl14dat says: Oct 14, 2011 3:31 PM

    Those wanting to see how Boise State fares against a meatgrinder BCS Conference Schedule will be sorely disappointed.

    They are going to the One BCS Conference that should have never had an AQ attached.

    The Big East football product is absolutely abysmal.

    Boise State(who I’m no fan of) will absolutely crush the Big Least.

    Boise State- Big east champ yearly

    Gonna have to go to another BCS conference to actually take a measure of Boise State.

  9. chuckpit says: Oct 14, 2011 3:48 PM

    Coach Peterson of BSU stated that he didn’t mind the extra 2 hour plane ride that joining the Big East would create for his team.

    He also said in so many words, that he didn’t care for the current Mt. West TV contracts.

    It used to be that BSU played on ESPN about half the time. Now their on The Mountain, Versus and CBS College Sports. ESPN loves BSU because of the high ratings they always garner!

    The biggest problem with the move to The Big East as I see it is the fans will have to travel much further for away games. Nevada and California are only a seven to 12 hours by car where Louisville, SMU, Houston, Navy and most others in the Big East are air flights only.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Oct 14, 2011 4:12 PM

    What happened to East Carolina? Boise should tell them, Thanks, NO.

    They tried to get TCU to be a marque team for their BCS AQ to continue and that failed. So, now they want Boise. Fine, nobody will care if any other of those current and proposed teams would be a draw for any BCS game. UConn proved that in last year’s Fiesta.

    The whole conference is a joke in football and no matter who they add it won’t make it so.

  11. jamie54 says: Oct 14, 2011 4:44 PM

    Agree with atl14dat. Only thing people should be aware of is when/if Peterson leaves and the graduation of Moore makes BSU a weaker product like they once were and again become just another team out there instead of the darlings they’ve become. Big East is truly irrelevant as football entities but beasts in Men’s basketball. Would think that once the BCS contract is up in a few years they’d have to revisit those automatic bids but Big East being in the East, will never lose their AQ bid, sad to say.

  12. fcmlefty1 says: Oct 14, 2011 4:51 PM

    Boise has heard the same thing for a decade now. The offense will go down hill once Dinwiddie graduates…they’re cooked now that Hawkins left to coach at CU….They’ll go down hill once Zabransky and Johnson graduate….the offense is doomed now that Harsin is gone to Texas and Young/Pettis are off tot he NFL…

    The constant: Coach Petersen. And by all accounts, he’s as content as content could be as a Boise resident and as Boise’s coach

    at some point, somebody just has to give them the credit they deserve – thye’ve become a program that is capable of reloading instead of rebuilding.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Oct 14, 2011 5:30 PM

    jamie, BSU had success before Kellen Moore. They won with Zabransky and Dinwiddie, too. They’ll win with the next QB. That offensive system does not rely on having a singular talent at QB, much like the Air Raid under Mike Leach didn’t either.

    Petersen could eventually leave, but it’s not like Boise State has ever had a problem finding quality replacements for departing good coaches. They are able to do so because they maintain good connections, and are able to offer assistants pay that’s competitive with Pac 12 schools. When Dirk Koetter left for the Arizona State job for 2001, Dan Hawkins was promoted from within as they simultaneously joined the WAC–which they proceeded to win four of his five seasons there. When Hawkins took the Colorado job before BSU’s bowl game in 2005, Chris Petersen was promoted from OC.

    If Petersen were to leave in a couple of years, you would probably see either another promotion from within or someone like Bryan Harsin, who just left to start as the Texas OC this year.

    The point is that each time Boise State has lost a coach to another program, the successor has been even more successful than the successee. If Petersen were to leave, that would not necessarily spell doom for the program.

  14. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 6:06 PM

    I really hope one of these things happen:

    Boise joins the Big East. Boise fan stops complaining.

    Boise loses Peterson to a better program and they die off, and Boise fan stops bitching.

    Boise plays OU in the title game, gets demolished. Boise fan stops complaining.

    Boise simply shuts down. Boise fan stops complaining.

    Common theme: Boise fans bitching!!!!

    Win something that matters! You’re team has had RECENT success, but that doesn’t make you Ala-freaking-Bama!

    Quit bitching, quit talkin about your “unbeatable” team.

    You realize your haters are a direct result of you having no clue at all?! You’re too busy talking about a BCS game from 7 years ago to realize your program was a junior college within many of your life spans. Then were Div-IAA until 1996!

    1996! Jake Plummer’s nfl career is older than Boise’s existence in division-1a now called FBS!

    Justin Bieber is older than Boise’s existence in FBS.

  15. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 6:10 PM

    Congrats Boise!

    You are the Justin Bieber of College football.

    So young, so arrogant, yet every big boy on the block can kick your tail, you just refuse to leave the playground.

  16. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 6:30 PM

    Ever notice how high school students are stupid but come out in droves?

    Boise, what have you done? Winning one game isn’t impressive.

    Any heisman trophies?
    Any national titles?

    Answer is no.

  17. Deb says: Oct 14, 2011 6:36 PM

    Would that $10 million buyout also apply to the football-only members, or would they get a lesser buyout?

    Boise State just joined the MWC–do they have a buyout burden to meet there before they could go to the Big East?

  18. Deb says: Oct 14, 2011 6:48 PM

    bender4700 says:

    Boise, what have you done? Winning one game isn’t impressive.

    Any heisman trophies?
    Any national titles?

    Answer is no.
    I’ve been an outspoken critic of commenters claiming Boise deserves to be taken as seriously in the polls as teams like Alabama and LSU. But it doesn’t matter that the Broncos have never won a Heisman or championship. The issue isn’t what Boise has done in the past–the issue is current strength of schedule.

    This year, they opened with a ranked opponent, then followed with minor unranked teams. Alabama and LSU play half their schedules against ranked opponents, meet head-to-head–thus eliminating one from the championship race–and must finish by winning the SEC championship or they can’t compete in the national championship regardless of their BCS ranking.

    For BSU to get that kind of competitive credibility, they need to play in a credible conference. I don’t see how the Big East fits that bill and hope Boise is exploring the possibility of joining the Big 12, even if it’s as a football-only participant.

  19. phelbin says: Oct 14, 2011 6:58 PM

    I think the East/West split would make a lot of sense. Besides, geographical distances would be nothing new for Boise State. They spent years in the WAC traveling to Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, and Fresno State. Morgantown and Louisville are both closer than Honolulu.

  20. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:02 PM

    With respect Deb, Boise has never proven they can compete in a major conference.

    Next, pre season rankings are as credible as the Iraq Minister of Defense during the beginning of the war.

    Boise doesn’t have the TV market to PiCK a conference. You can’t hope for Boise to pick the Big XII when the Big XII isn’t interested.

    One AQ is interested and they still think theyre better in the MwC.

    They prove their fears. They confirm their desires.

  21. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:05 PM

    Geography is not relevant with the money available. Especially with football only conference membership.

  22. majorseahawk says: Oct 14, 2011 7:08 PM

    Not sure Boise should make the move, what do they really gain? Big East is falling apart, its obviously a desperate move to stay together. And they’ll likely lose their BCS bid in two years. Plus you got a hell of a lot more traveling which means more expenses. Just stay in the MWC wait for a real conference to send an invite, if they ever do.

  23. phelbin says: Oct 14, 2011 7:11 PM

    The Big East is nowhere near the pinacle of college football, but it is a step above the MWC and a mile above the WAC. If they can dominate the Big East – even the glorified C-USA that it’s becoming – the way they’ve dominated the last ten years it would really say something about them.

    But more likely than not, a perennial 12-0 Boise in the WAC is equal to a 10-2 team in the new Big East. Still very good…maybe even Big East champ/BCS participant.

  24. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:20 PM


    They stop having to argue their way into the BcS.


    I wish people would stop pretending they are Miss-Cleo!

    the Big East is going to be a bcs AQ for years to come.


  25. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:35 PM

    I would love to see Boise in a BcS conference.

    At least they could prove what they claim. Instead of be so bored they can thumbs down anything they see as an attack on Boise. Which is everything not praise of Boise.

  26. olskool711 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:12 PM


    Your not only a troll but a very low level one at that.

    Do us a favor, start this weekends bender now so we don’t have to be distracted by your inept mind any longer.

    Just don’t drive and kill someone.

  27. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:27 PM

    Good argument “olDsCHkool711”

    Way to disprove what I said with a well thought out argument with facts and statements to disprove what I said.

    Oh wait, you went insult and empty. Good choice. You showed me!!

  28. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:31 PM

    only a troll(,) but
    Do us(who? Got a turd in your pocket?) a favor
    Start this weekend(the s is a little confusing. You mean this weekend or these weekends?)
    I don’t even know what the heck you are saying.

    You sound drunk

  29. bender4700 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:35 PM

    Does anyone have anything other than insults as to why I should support the praise Boise state fans are craving for their team?

    So far nothing….

  30. Deb says: Oct 14, 2011 9:35 PM

    bender4700 says:

    With respect Deb, Boise has never proven they can compete in a major conference.

    True, bender. But they should have to play a competitive schedule if they want a title shot. And the Big East is falling apart. By continuing to push that course, you’re supporting the idea that they keep the cupcake schedule but do it with a conference that gives them an automatic in. “Oh boy, we played Navy, now we get an AQ!”

    I keep treating BSU fans as though they want credibility because that’s what I want for my team. And they keep posting thumbs down. They can’t stand being reminded they play only one ranked team then slide slide slide down easy street the rest of the way. And they don’t want to change it.

    Why play games at all kids? Let’s just give you the crystal trophy and throw a kegger. You don’t actually want to have to earn it anyway :roll:

  31. creative1a says: Oct 14, 2011 10:11 PM

    Hey Boise State fans….. Do you do realize that when you leave the stadium that you are still in Boise?

    Its not Westwood…. Its not Eugene… Its not Tucson…. Its not State College….

    Its a school on the par with the very lowest of the Big 12 and way below the standards of the PAC 12 or Big 10….

    You are fans of Boise State which is only marginally a college much less a than a real university…..

    Yeah you have a great team in football….. Congrats!

    But other than that its still Boise State….

  32. Deb says: Oct 14, 2011 11:06 PM

    @creative1a …

    It’s a football conversation, not a poll for most livable city or world’s finest academic institution. I can’t think of many places more beautiful than Idaho. And Eugene, Tuscon, and Westwood aren’t exactly Boston, New Haven, or Princeton, either, so give it a rest.

  33. digit960 says: Oct 15, 2011 2:05 AM

    What a disaster of a conference. How in the world are you going to pass up East Carolina in favor of a Navy or Temple.

  34. digit960 says: Oct 15, 2011 2:21 AM

    Navy and Temple over East Carolina? Yikes.

  35. frank booth says: Oct 15, 2011 4:39 AM

    First thing Boise State does after getting into the Big East is to schedule non-conference games against UNLV, New Mexico, and Colorado State.

    I guess we’ll be sentenced to more years of BSU beating upon lesser opponents and touting how great they are as they leave a weak conference.

    It’s like dumping Rosie O’Donnell to go out with Kathy Bates.

  36. tito19ray51 says: Oct 15, 2011 8:24 AM

    First off, I doubt that Boise State actually gets the invitation to the Big East, but if they do, and if they accept, of course they will schedule western teams for OOC. Travel expenses, for fans and team, dictate that as only reasonable.

    Boise State has a small stadium so top teams are reluctant to come to Boise. It’s not fair to the fans to schedule all away games. You have to keep in mind, this isn’t about competition any longer. College football is all about the bottom line.

    Boise State has accomplished an awful lot with walk-ons, and two and three star recruits. Until they are established in a conference that brings in more money, for stadium expansion, and better recuits, why would they try to schedule SEC and Big12 teams for OOC games?

    Oregon won’t schedule them again because of the embarrassment BSU handed them twice, and only the lower end of the Pac12 would possibly schedule BSU. So, that doesn’t leave a lot of teams for them to schedule their OOC games with. At least they won’t be scheduling FCS teams, like some other BCS teams do.

    If Boise State was in an AQ conference, why would they also need to schedule AQ teams for OOC games? They would be the only AQ team that did that.
    I’d dump Rosie for the fun of it, and I’d love to spend time with Kathy Bates, so I guess I don’t see your point.

  37. frank booth says: Oct 15, 2011 3:17 PM

    You’re not too good at spotting sarcasm, are you? Take things a bit too literally as well.

    Enjoy Boise State.

  38. Deb says: Oct 15, 2011 10:33 PM

    frank, honey, your wattage is just too much for this trailer 😉

    @tito19ray21 …

    No one is taking away from BSU’s accomplishments or suggesting the school put a hardship on its fans by playing games a further distance from home than any other team. We’re simply saying that Boise doesn’t play a competitive schedule and should bear that in mind when demanding to be treated like a top-tier team. As for the field, perhaps you could afford a better stadium if you didn’t spend ridiculous amounts of money on blue dye.

    I think that if Boise is serious about wanting to be taken seriously, Boise should make whatever arrangements are necessary to try getting into the Big 12 as a football-only member. Playing a Big 12 schedule would be instant credibility and instant BCS qualification. I’m never gonna stop making fun of the blue field, though. Sorry.

  39. tito19ray51 says: Oct 16, 2011 4:19 PM

    Frank, ditto. I got your amusing analogy, and it really was amusing. I was also being sarcastic.

    Deb, I think that’s why Boise State has the blue rug. If you hate it, and we all do, it puts that chip on their shoulder. That is one reason they do not lose when they play on it.
    I’m a Montana Grizzly fan, so the only problem I have with field colors is with Eastern Washington.
    If joining the Big12 was as simple as inviting themselves, I’m sure Boise State would already be there. The Big12 would be a good fit for their football program.

  40. Deb says: Oct 16, 2011 5:43 PM

    @tito19ray51 …

    frank and I used to live together in a trailer and spend our free time at the bowling alley … or so we were told by another CFT fan a couple of years ago :)

    I should sue you for permanent eye damage and post-traumatic nightmares. Until their recent success, I lived in blissful ignorance of Boise State’s blue field … just as I lived in blissful ignorance of that red monstrosity until 30 seconds ago. The NCAA really needs to make this nonsense stop. Surely that stuff can’t be good for the ground water.

    Gosh, I love the NFL :)

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