By Brian Murphy
Boise State is at least being mentioned as a candidate to join the Big 12, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.
Wilner wrote the Big 12 could lose Missouri to the SEC and add Boise State, BYU, Louisville and West Virginia to get back to 12 teams. BYU and Boise State announced a 12-year series through 2023 today.
Interim Athletic Director Curt Apsey said Boise State has not been contacted by the Big 12.
"We haven’t yet," Apsey said Wednesday. "I can tell you we’re focused on putting ourselves in the best position going forward. We're very excited about being in the Mountain West Conference. We continue to keep our eyes open and our ears open. That's kind of still where we’re at.
"I think the Big 12 is looking at all different kinds of options. If our name is being brought up that says a lot about where we are as a program. That’s something that’s good for us no matter what happens."
Apsey was in Dallas this week at a meeting of Division I athletic directors. At the meeting, he was briefed on the Mountain West-Conference USA football-only merger talks.
"I think it's a long way from being finalized. We're very pleased with how proactive the conference is being and they've set themselves up to be as successful as they can. It's one of the ways they're looking at it. We're pleased with Craig Thompson and that group in terms of being proactive and making sure they're looking toward the future," Apsey said.
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