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Boise State officially ends talk of early Big East move

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The news from earlier Wednesday, that Temple is close to joining the Big East, hinted strongly at the fact that Boise State would not join its new conference until next season.

A short time later, the school officially confirmed it.

BSU announced Wednesday evening that it will remain as a member of the Mountain West through the 2012-2013 school year, joining the Big East as a football-only member for the 2013 season.  The school also confirmed that “the Big East recently approached Boise State about entering the league for the upcoming 2012 football season, one year earlier than the league and Boise State announced this past December.”

Those talks, though, bogged down in part over the amount of money it would take to move a year early and in part over a 2012-2013 landing spot for BSU’s other sports, which, with the exception of its wrestling program, will move to the WAC next year.  In the end, being “fiscally responsible” trumped the desire to get started in its new conference ahead of the original timeline.

“While we have had several discussions with the Big East and the WAC in moving our sports into those two leagues a year earlier than previously stated, the University feels there were too many obstacles to overcome to make the move at this time,” Boise State president Dr. Bob Kustra said in a statement.  “While there certainly would have been advantages in making the move a year early, it became clear that it would not be fiscally responsible, as all of the expenses associated with early entry into the two conferences would not be covered.”

If BSU had moved its football program to the Big East a year early and its other sports into the WAC a year ahead of schedule, it likely would’ve cost the school somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million.

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9 Responses to “Boise State officially ends talk of early Big East move”
  1. timh1955 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:29 PM

    So it looks like Boise State will have one year in the Big East before they lose their AQ status with the BCS. From what I’ve read the Big East will definitely lose their AQ status at the end of the 2013 season.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    They should back out of the decision to ever join the Big (L)east period. Just like TCU did. The competition there is as bad as the WAC and Mt West. Didn’t they want to play with the big boys?

  3. mrslay1 says: Feb 22, 2012 8:58 PM

    No, I’m not a fan of boise in any way, but if they are truly trying to move up the ladder this is not the way. I think a few years of having a good football team doesn’t make you a AQ status. And the schedule they play does not give them the respect that they want. But if they are going to move up and earn that respect, wait for the b1g 12. Neinas is gone and they will be scrambling for anything or anybody to stay alive. This would be a chance to upgrade their competition to a much better level.

  4. ningenito78 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:17 PM

    There will be no AQ status in any conference if you guys have been paying attention. And thinking the Big East isn’t an upgrade over where they have been playing then you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  5. wustlumdnj says: Feb 22, 2012 9:57 PM

    From what I’ve read timh1955 is renowned throughout the internet for making things up on message boards.

    To correctly understand my point, note that I have cited the same number of sources for said statement as timeh1955 regarding his.

  6. wvucolumbus says: Feb 23, 2012 8:05 AM

    Boise St will NOT move to the Big XII. Do they even play basketball? Seriously.

  7. florida727 says: Feb 23, 2012 10:03 AM

    “Boise State officially ends talk of early Big East move”

    TRANSLATION: we’ll take another year of viewing this conference from a distance to determine if we REALLY want to go there; ANY threat of them losing their AQ status and we bolt

  8. ancientcougar says: Feb 23, 2012 1:57 PM

    The Big East will not be any worse off than they are now after the transition and thanks to W. VA and the B12 they certainly are in better financial shape. Houston and Boise both acquitted themselves well in the Post Season.

  9. metroplexfrog says: Feb 25, 2012 4:13 AM

    Boise is going to run the BE. Maybe UH will be good but Boise, for sure, should be the best team.

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