After a brief hiccup, it sounds as though all systems are go for Boise State to the Big East.
CBSSports reports that Boise State reaffirmed to the Mountain West on Friday that it was indeed moving to the Big East. The Broncos reportedly wanted to make a decision this week because the Big East’s spring meetings begin this Sunday.
Signs that Boise State was having second thoughts about joining the Big East came to light last week, with the primary concerns being the following:
- Uncertainty about the Big East’s future membership and AQ status (AQ status will be eliminated in 2014).
- Securing a home for the school’s Olympic sports with the inevitable demise of the WAC. The Broncos reportedly wanted the Big East to help with that need, but San Diego State has instead offered a helping hand with the possibility of the Broncos joining the Big West in non-football sports. It’s important to note that BSU still doesn’t have a home for those sports.
- The possibility of the Big East’s new TV deal having a much, much lower payout than originally thought. The Big East reportedly turned down a television deal last year that would’ve paid all-sports conference members more than $14 million annually — just over $8 million annually for BSU and SDSU as football-only members — with the thought being the league could get even more in the future if it waited.
If Boise attends this year’s spring meetings, it would be a welcome sign and a huge relief for the Big East. Additionally, it may be the trigger that allows Pitt and Syracuse — not that they needed a ton of help anyway — to leave for the ACC in 2013. Pitt filed a lawsuit against the Big East last week.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah