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Boise State confirms meeting with Big East

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Following up on earlier reports, Boise State has confirmed a meeting with the Big East that was scheduled for today, the Idaho Statesman reports. No official invitation was reportedly given by commissioner John Marinatto, and it’s unclear if the two sides are any closer to a marriage. Boise State president Bob Kustra had met with Big East officials Sunday in Washington DC.

The meeting lasted about two hours.

The Broncos are one of the main targets for the Big East as it looks like either West Virginia or Louisville will join the Big 12 at some point in the immediate future. If it’s the Mountaineers who end up departing, the league’s status as a BCS automatic qualifier undoubtedly becomes jeopardized. It’s believed that Boise State would boost the conference’s football reputation enough to keep that BCS inclusion past 2013.

Below is a statement issued by Kustra following the meeting:

“We had an informative meeting today with officials from the Big East Conference. Commissioner John Marinatto made a presentation regarding possible ideas for conference expansion and what role Boise State could potentially play in those plans. We appreciate the outreach on the part of the Big East Conference and will continue our due diligence in this matter. 

“As we have indicated consistently, we will take our time in evaluating conference affiliation options and we will make an informed decision representing the best interests of the university. Boise State is a quality institution with an elite football program and a significant national brand identity. As a result, we are an extremely valuable partner when it comes to conference affiliation.”

Boise is one of several schools the Big East is targeting for expansion. Other candidates include Houston, Central Florida, Air Force (whom Marinatto visited yesterday) and Navy. Big East expansion has been delayed for multiple weeks as the conference attempted to come to an agreement on how much to raise exit fees. Big East presidents ultimately unanimously agreed to raise those fees from $5 million to $10 million. It’s believed raising those fees was a prerequisite for programs like Boise State to join the conference.

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12 Responses to “Boise State confirms meeting with Big East”
  1. centexhorn says: Oct 27, 2011 8:19 PM

    I don’t see why they need to go to the Big East to play Houston and SMU when they’re already going to be in the same conference.

    Don’t be dumb, Boise State. The Big East is not going to be an upgrade.

  2. deadeye says: Oct 27, 2011 8:49 PM

    Here’s an idea: keep a list of those universities the Big East hasn’t talked to. Then each morning update the list and post it. It would save everyone alot of time and effort.

  3. auburntigers34 says: Oct 27, 2011 8:55 PM

    it looks like Boise State has found the perfect landing spot…..if they want to be in an AQ conference and still play cupcakes every week.

  4. Deb says: Oct 27, 2011 9:08 PM

    Don’t do it, Boise State!!!! Don’t do it!!! That’s a basketball conference, and you’re a football school. You want to be taken seriously, call the Big 12.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Oct 27, 2011 9:27 PM

    With the Big East going down fast and grasping at straws, Boise should immediately call Chuck Neinas and become the next (replacement) member of the Big 12 to remain at 10, since they are so stupid not going back to 12. The Big 12 can then get OUT of the political mess created by trying to get either WVA or Louisville.

    They should just take them all (Boise, WVA and Louisville) and give Missouri a swift kick instead of waiting around for them to make a decision.

    Adding Boise to the Big East will not keep their AQ status. Big Mistake trying to bail them out.

  6. frank booth says: Oct 27, 2011 9:34 PM

    Boise State won’t join the Big 12. They are afraid of consistent competition. They want the easiest road to automatic qualification, and that would be the Big East. Sure, the Big 12 makes more sense from a competitive and geographical standpoint, so it’s pretty clear that BSU is afraid of competing.

  7. digit960 says: Oct 27, 2011 9:54 PM

    The Big 12 is not interested in Boise State. If they were, there would have been some kind of news from either party of atleast a conversation. It looks like they are only interested in WVU and Louisville for the time being.

  8. Deb says: Oct 27, 2011 9:57 PM

    Say … what are those Boise boys doin’ in that photograph? It looks like they’re jumpin’ on a blue trampoline. What’s in that turf anyway … flubber?

  9. thefiesty1 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:37 PM


    That’s why they call it “smurf turf” and a definite draw back to joining a BcS conference. Wonder why the MWC demanded that they couldn’t wear solid blue unis at home this year?

  10. Deb says: Oct 27, 2011 11:09 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    They’ve got to get rid of that field … lol. But much to my shock, Boise playing on the abandoned set from Finding Nemo isn’t the most bizarre thing in NCAA football. Someone else told me about some field in, I think, Washington. I searched the image and went temporarily blind (I only hallucinate looking at Boise’s field). This thing was red–and I mean RED. Stephen King must have been attending one of their games when he wrote The Shining.


    This stuff is all just too scary to behold. The NCAA has kittens over some poor recruit getting a ride to the airport, but lets these wackadoodles play on Crayola Fields?? I don’t get it. And someone call Erin Brockovich. What is all that dye doing to the ground water …. yeesh!!

  11. Deb says: Oct 28, 2011 2:54 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! I freakin’ love it here!!!!!!!! Like taking off the pinching stillettos and wiggling my toes in the grass!!!! Woo-hoooooooooo!!!!! I get to say what I think, no matter how crazy wild goofy. I can talk about Finding Nemo and Erin Brockovich and insult Boise State and their sucky blue field and they are all free to give me thumbs down for my troubles. I can run NAKED (verbally speaking) through the blog without being censored!!!!!

    Life is GOOD!!!

    Roll Tide!!!!!

  12. rtratlsports says: Oct 28, 2011 6:18 PM

    Boise is fake

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