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BSU, SDSU reaffirm commitment to Big East

Mike Aresco AP

Since no report is true and everyone’s words are taken out of context when it comes to realignment, Boise State and San Diego State have come on the record to deny that they are still speaking to the Mountain West about staying instead of moving to the Big East in July of 2013.

Speaking to the Idaho Statesman, Boise State president Bob Kustra denied an ESPN report that talks between the two sides have gained “greater significance” recently with more conference realignment reports coming to fruition; San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk says he has not spoken to Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson since May.

“There is nothing new to report at this point. As previously stated, we are committed to the Big East Conference and intend to strengthen our conference with members who can contribute to a strong league,” Kustra said.

“I can say the Big East took a hit,” Sterk added. “It may take some others, but I can tell you the league will continue to be strong.”

“I’m aware of several conversations between ADs, coaches and even presidents, but I have not been in communication directly,” Thompson told the paper.

Rutgers, a member of the Big East since 1991, became the Big Ten’s 14th member yesterday by unanimous approval. Maryland joined the Big Ten from the ACC on Monday. The concern for the Big East in this latest round of conference realignment is not so much that more members would leave — Louisville and UConn have been connected to the ACC as a possible 14th member and there simply is no way the Big East can prevent more shuffling — but that the league has yet to nail down a TV deal.

Still, it’s expected that whatever TV deal the Big East does sign will be greater than what the Mountain West can offer. New Big East commissioner Mike Aresco (pictured) came from CBSSports and has an extensive background in television. If the money is there, Boise State and San Diego State would undoubtedly make the move.

“It made me all the more proud to work with a guy like that. He’s committed, smart, connected. He is a great leader,” Sterk told the Statesman. “It’s important to have someone like that in that role.”

Until a deal is inked, however, there are going to be rumblings.

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10 Responses to “BSU, SDSU reaffirm commitment to Big East”
  1. intergalacticbronco says: Nov 21, 2012 11:54 AM

    As a Boise fan, I am taking this with a grain of salt.

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 21, 2012 11:57 AM

    Boise and SDSU are now professional teams. Somebody better figure out how to pay these kids.

  3. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:03 PM

    Boise and SDSU should make one seriously strong suggestion going forward: The members that ultimately replace UConn (or Louisville) and Rutgers need to both be western schools. In 2015, when this is still hopefully the envisioned 14 team league, all 7 teams in the western division need to truly be western schools: SDSU, BSU, UH, SMU and 3 more schools from west of the Mississippi. This ensures a “soft landing” if the eastern bloc of the conference ever falls apart (more football schools leaving due to further realignment or the baskeball schools saying enough is enough and going off on their own)

  4. rolltide510 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:08 PM

    With the concept of AQ conferences going away, what’s the point of this move? I know the answer is typically TV contracts and the money that comes with it, but do people in major east coast markets really get excited to watch the big Pitt vs. Temple showdowns every week?

  5. timh1955 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:12 PM

    The Big East is a totally worthless football conference so who cares?

  6. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:14 PM

    @rolltide – as a general rule of thumb, you are probably correct. But the Mountain West TV is deal is so bad it has to look up to see ground. Seriously bad. From the numbers I’ve read in various places, the absolute worst case scenario for a new Big East TV deal is still 3 to 4 times more money than the current Mountain West deal that essentially runs through 2019.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Nov 21, 2012 1:58 PM

    Only saying that as the BE is negotiating a new TV contract. They REALLY don’t want to join the useless Little East.

  8. poison66 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:08 PM

    Big East will implode soon……

  9. coryfor3 says: Nov 22, 2012 7:07 AM

    They are solid and going nowhere… Until they decide to leave.

  10. sssjim7 says: Nov 22, 2012 1:32 PM

    Holy wow…

    Just read the Big East may vote to dissolve the league… anyone else hear about this???

    http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/22/report-big-east-schools-may-vote-to-dissolve-league/

    Now what????

    ~Jim

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