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Finally: Big East to add Boise, four others for 2013 season

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Thank. You.

After a couple months or so of flirting with the idea of expansion, it sounds like the Big East is finally going to add five schools to its seemingly ever-diminishing group.

Last night, the Newark Star-Ledger was one of many news outlets to report that the Big East was on the verge of adding Boise State and San Diego State for football only and SMU, Central Florida and Houston as all-sports members. Of course, swift action hasn’t exactly been the route Big East commissioner John Marinatto has taken; not to mention, those five aforementioned programs, along with Navy and Air Force, have been in the Big East expansion discussion for a while now.

But this time it feels like it’s for real. We promise.

Okay, we don’t promise. We hope, though.

The Star-Ledger and CBS Sports Brett McMurphy are confirming that the Big East will add the five schools as either football-only or full members, bringing the football side of the conference to 10 members and the basketball side back to 16. The official announcement is reportedly set for Wednesday.

The goal is to have all the members available to compete in the new conference by 2013.

The main absences? No Air Force and no Navy. The two military academies were part of the original targets by the Big East, but talks had hit snags in recent months because of concerns over conference stability and exit fees.

BYU was also part of the expansion discussion, but complications with the school’s TV contract with ESPN and BYUtv eventually halted those discussions. That would eventually allow San Diego State — the biggest and most eastern of all the Big East candidates — to emerge in the Big East expansion discussion.

The conference, meanwhile, is still dealing with its lawsuit with West Virginia, who plans to join the Big 12 by July, 2012. The two sides have filed motions to dismiss each other’s lawsuits, with the Big East’s official motion coming yesterday, as expected. 

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28 Responses to “Finally: Big East to add Boise, four others for 2013 season”
  1. icelovinbrotha215 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:21 PM

    So you add schools like BSU and SMU but neglect schools like Army, Navy and Temple? Totally makes sense.

  2. gacanefan says: Dec 6, 2011 1:26 PM

    Then in a few months/years, Notre Dame joins the the ACC. The Big East loses it’s most important member, and the conference implodes. The C-USA teams should stay with their current conferences.

  3. fcmlefty1 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:33 PM

    “So you add schools like BSU and SMU but neglect schools like Army, Navy and Temple? Totally makes sense.”

    Army isn’t interested, Navy will probably join in short order (they just wanted some of this stuff to sort itself out 1st, as does Air Force) and Temple is being held up by Villanova and Villanova only, not the Big East as a whole.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:43 PM

    Even with those, if it comes true, it is still a joke of a football conference. Boise is only trying to get into a AQ since they got skipped over (again) this year. They’ll leave as soon as the BcS drops the AQ from the BE.

  5. midwestfan says: Dec 6, 2011 1:44 PM

    Probably a better football conference then the ACC now.

  6. midwestfan says: Dec 6, 2011 1:53 PM

    Cincinnati, Tampa, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Tampa, San Diego, NY/CT/NJ, Louisville. All top 50 media markets. Someone gonna give them a big ol TV contract don’t kid yourself. Tv runs the BCS the AQ ain’t goin anywhere.

  7. reasonsimadrunk says: Dec 6, 2011 2:23 PM

    Don’t you see what’s happening people?

    Where is San Diego the “east”? In China! Yeah, we call them the “far east” but to them, San Diego is, in fact, to the east. In China, this “Big East” makes perfect sense!

    Where did three of these teams come from? Conference USA. No way there will be a Conference USA in 2013.

    We are killing all references to the USA and adopting Chinese points of view! Could it be any more obvious this is a sign we are preparing to be taken over by our Chinese overlords by 2013?

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  8. turdfurgerson68 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:31 PM

    Marinatto is a fool, and completely unqualified for his job.

  9. sssjim7 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:31 PM

    @reasonsimadrunk –

    If this happens, then there will still be a Conference USA in 2013… it will have just been renamed The Big East… lol

    I wonder how they plan to do the scheduling with 13 teams… assuming they can hog-tie WVU and force them to play a Big East schedule along with Pitt and Syracuse…

    Sigh…

  10. vtsquirm says: Dec 6, 2011 2:36 PM

    “That would eventually allow San Diego State — the biggest and most eastern of all the Big East candidates — to emerge in the Big East expansion discussion.”

    Guys, read this article again and tell me you did your proofreading before posting this.

  11. nightman13 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    @vtsquirm-

    I believe the kids call it sarcasm. Think about it.

  12. imaduffer says: Dec 6, 2011 3:20 PM

    It’s nice to see Boise State move up from D-III to D-II.

  13. dmcm510 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:23 PM

    sar·casm   [sahr-kaz-uhm]
    noun
    1.
    harsh or bitter derision or irony.
    2.
    a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.

    @vtsquirm…since it was a little over your head I will help you out.

  14. nashvilletrojan says: Dec 6, 2011 3:30 PM

    Dont’cha think that if these programs were seriously worthy of being in the major leagues, the PAC12 or Big12 would’ve scooped them up by now?

    The universities don’t have much choice, they need to join an AQ conference and receive the money that comes with it. The integrity of the NCAA and BCS are losers here.

  15. brucewaynewins says: Dec 6, 2011 3:40 PM

    midwestfan says:
    Dec 6, 2011 1:53 PM
    Cincinnati, Tampa, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Tampa, San Diego, NY/CT/NJ, Louisville. All top 50 media markets. Someone gonna give them a big ol TV contract don’t kid yourself. Tv runs the BCS the AQ ain’t goin anywhere.

    Problem here is you should cut Cincinnati’s market value in half at best. They have to compete with people who prefer Ohio State, people that don’t care, and people that prefer other non local schools. Cincinnati should not be considered a valuable market for UC because well….its not.

    Also NY/NJ generally don’t care about college football. Louisville isn’t really a huge TV market especially when compared to other cities and teams.

    The Big East is the least important of current AQ conferences and will remain that way. They fell behind when everyone left in rounds 1 and rounds 2 in the past 10 years. They won’t recovering picking up schools in markets that don’t offer recruiting value or tv value or fan base value.

    The Big East will be lucky to have AQ status for BCS. If any one of the other BCS AQ conferences wanted to pick a Big East team they’d get that team. A current Big East team would be foolish to stay.

  16. midwestfan says: Dec 6, 2011 3:41 PM

    Nashvilletrojan-

    LMMFAO. I was totally unaware that the BCS and NCAA had integrity hahahahaha!

  17. blakebuchanan87 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:43 PM

    @nashvilletrojan Integrity has not been associated with the NCAA or the BCS for a long, long time.

  18. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 6, 2011 3:49 PM

    Guys, let’s lay off vtsquirm for a second.

    In his or her defense, I forgot to put that part in our sarcastic comic sans font. Easily could be misunderstood.

  19. midwestfan says: Dec 6, 2011 4:00 PM

    Brucewayne says;

    “The Big East is the least important of current AQ conferences and will remain that way. They fell behind when everyone left in rounds 1 and rounds 2 in the past 10 years. They won’t recovering picking up schools in markets that don’t offer recruiting value or tv value or fan base value.”

    Your right. Not much recruiting value in TX, FL or CA.

  20. jrbdmb says: Dec 6, 2011 4:21 PM

    “Your right. Not much recruiting value in TX, FL or CA.”

    Absolutely. Nothing says California DIV-I football like SDSU. Maybe next the Big East can go after the states of Alabama (Athens State) and Louisiana (South Central Louisiana State University).

  21. lbijake says: Dec 6, 2011 4:40 PM

    Must suck to be Temple. All dressed up and nowhere to go.

  22. nashvilletrojan says: Dec 6, 2011 4:50 PM

    @midwestfan…………BINGO!

    Ya, I’m a 5 star football recruit, I don’t play basketball. Gosh, do I choose between USC, Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma……Or San Diego State and Boise. Hmmmmmm

  23. nashvilletrojan says: Dec 6, 2011 4:52 PM

    I must give San Diego State a little credit though……Marshall Faulk did go there.

  24. olskool711 says: Dec 6, 2011 5:12 PM

    nashvilletrojan, we don’t care about who you give credit to, you’re a troll. Nobody wants to read what you have to say.

    A big, fat, fast, 5 star recruit doesn’t even get contacted by Boise or San Diego St. They take 2 star “Football Players” (don’t think you know what one of them is there hillbilly) coach them up and then punch Va Tech, Georgia, and Oklahoma five star fatties in the mouths.

    Then… they do it again.

    You are clueless.

  25. midwestfan says: Dec 6, 2011 6:15 PM

    Most of those schools get 3 and 4 star recruits. UC and Lousiville both had top 25 recruiting classes last year. Trojanbandwagoneer has no clue. Would you rather go to a BCS school like Iowa State, Washington St., Kansas, Duke, UK, or Minnesota and get pummled every week by the big boys and never on TV. or go to a School like UC, USF, Boise, or Louisville where you can play on National TV (Which is the whole point of adding these schools.), and not get embarssed week in and week out. Kids don’t care about tradition (ex Notre Dame) they care about winning (regardless to who it’s against), being on TV (Anyone seen an Indiana game on ESPN the last 20 yrs).

  26. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Dec 6, 2011 6:38 PM

    Hey reasonsimadrunk@….
    ..I thought I was the crazy asian!!?? Lol

  27. bearcat95 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:37 PM

    Yep, the kids must be scared away by that fragmented TV market in Cincy and lack of conference stability (insert sarcasm font here)

    “Butch Jones is on his way to signing the most highly-rated recruiting class in UC history. The Bearcats’ 2012 class is ranked 23rd by Scout.com, ahead of Penn State, Michigan State, Stanford, Georgia, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. UC’s class is ranked 26th by Rivals.com, ahead of Pitt, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Michigan State and West  Virginia. Last year, UC’s class was ranked 41st by Scout, 49th by Rivals.”

  28. midwestfan says: Dec 7, 2011 6:56 AM

    By the way. Cincy, Tampa, NY/NJ, SD, Dallas, Houston. NFL teams ring a bell? Must be pretty easy to get in your car and drive 10 min to go scout a game.

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