The long-simmering Boise State to the Mountain West Conference story erupted once again Friday.
Yes, it makes sense. The Mountain West is trying to improve its case for an automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series. The Broncos, members of the Western Athletic Conference, have long cherished a spot in the more geographically friendly and better-respected Mountain West.
As I wrote recently, the timing for such a move is not great.
All of the issues in that piece remain.
I spoke with WAC commissioner Karl Benson on Friday and he said little has changed in the last month on the topic.
What has changed, however, is the flurry of stories about Boise State’s potential move that came out Thursday and Friday.
My colleague Chadd Cripe has more details.
• A Fresno (Calif.) television station reported, without source attribution, that the Mountain West will invite Boise State.
• ESPN college football reporter Joe Scad said on Twitter and on College Football Live that “Re: Boise, two people close to situation said MWC more likely than not to offer membership in June.”
Note that Schad’s report does not say it is a done deal. More “likely than not” could mean 51-49 or 60-40 or 90-10.
I am more inclined to believe Schad’s report because
A.) It jives more closely with the reporting I have done on the topic that no decision has been finalized.
B.) It has at least a hint of attribution.
C.) The Fresno station buried the story behind a WAC softball recap, not what you would expect from a breaking national story.
Once those reports were out there, others ran wild. Local TV station KTRV, Fox 12, reported it as a done deal, again without attribution.
This story is not going away. It will be a hot topic until the Mountain West presidents meet next month and make a decision. It is up to those nine presidents to determine whether or not to invite the Broncos and no one I have spoken with knows with any certainty how those nine presidents will vote.
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