When Boise State announced a little over a week ago that it would be staying in the Mountain West Conference instead of moving to the Big East in 2013, the focus then shifted to the suddenly-interesting dilemma facing San Diego State.
SDSU, a current MWC member also slated to join the Big East in 2013, has been attached to Boise’s hip during the on-again, 0ff-again uncertainty surrounding the two schools’ conference future. According to a CBSSports report from Jeremy Fowler, a decision on what the Aztecs will do could come this week.
“The Mountain West Conference has informed league officials that San Diego State is expected to decide this week on whether to stay in the conference or join the Big East,” the report states. “San Diego State has been in close discussions with the Mountain West in recent days over television revenue.”
However, the Big East anticipates SDSU to be at league meetings on Friday and believes the Aztecs will stay.
Money, as is the case with much of the realignment craze, is ultimately one of the major factors for SDSU. The MWC is reportedly restructuring its TV deal for expansion and SDSU has the right of first option to join the conference before any other school, per Boise’s agreement with the MWC. That option will expire at the end of this month. Additionally, the Aztecs will not have to pay the Big East a $10 million buyout like Boise State will if they decide to stay.
As it turns out, SDSU may not need that much time no matter what they decide.