Boise State says no invite
Boise State said it has not received an invitation from the Big East as of Tuesday evening.
"We're having discussions with the big east and we continue to evaluate our options," Boise State spokesman Frank Zang told the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday evening.
As soon as Friday?
Boise State could join the Big East on Friday, along with Houston, SMU and Central Florida, according to CBSSports.com. The report also indicates Boise State and the other newcomers would pay a $2.5 million entrance fee to get into the Big East.
State Board of Education to discuss Boise State's athletic conference
The Idaho State Board of Education will hold an "Athletic Conference Discussion" about Boise State during its meeting Thursday in Boise.
Boise State needs approval from the state board to change conference affiliations and move to the Big East.
The 600-page agenda for the meetings reveals no other details about the "discussion." The agenda is available here.
The eight-member board could take action on the item at the meeting, the board's spokesman said Tuesday afternoon. Any action requires five votes to pass. Seven members of the state board are appointed by the governor. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is the eighth member of the board.
The board gave Boise State (and Idaho) permission to accept an invitation to another conference in 2003, an authority the Broncos did not need until being invited to the Mountain West in 2010.
According to the minutes of the Dec. 4-5, 2003 meeting:
"Board member Hammond noted that neither BSU nor U of I have received an invitation to change conferences as yet, however, given the possibility it was decided that the institutions have Board approval now to accept the invitation.
"Gene Blaymaier reported that BSU wishes to pursue and accept an invitation as= an all-sports member of the Mountain West Athletic Conference which would become effective for FY06, beginning on July 1, 2005. He noted that the benefits of this move include reduced travel time for the teams and geographic compatibility with schools in the MWC. There would be a reduction in the cost of travel and additional bowl games available. A move to the MWC would generate approximately a $300,000 increase in ticket revenues in the first year."
AP Source: Big East to invite Boise State
PHILADELPHIA — A person familiar with the decision says the Big East will invite Boise State, Navy and Air Force for football only and SMU, Houston and Central Florida for all sports.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference was not ready to announce which schools its members had voted Tuesday to extend invitations to in the upcoming days.
Commissioner John Marinatto declined to give specifics of the Big East's plan after meeting with the league's presidents at a Philadelphia hotel. He did say he expected the schools to accept.
He acknowledged the league is moving west and reiterated that Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia will not be allowed to leave for their new conferences until July 2014.
Big East meets
Big East presidents voted Tuesday to extend invitations to several schools, but Commissioner John Marinatto declined to name the schools at a press conference in Philadelphia.
Boise State's football program is among the targets for the Big East. Marinatto visited Boise last week for meetings with Boise State President Bob Kustra.
Among the other targets for the Big East: Houston, SMU and Central Florida in all sports; Air Force and Navy in football-only.
A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press the Big East will invite Boise State, Navy and Air Force for football only and SMU, Houston and Central Florida for all sports. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference was not ready to announce which schools its members had voted Tuesday to extend invitations to in the upcoming days.
Marinatto has said the goal is to get to 12 football-playing members. The league currently has five football-playing schools moving forward: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Rutgers, South Florida and Louisville.
Here is Marinatto's statement to the media:
"We had a very productive meeting and were able to discuss the great progress we have made in the last few weeks regarding conference realignment.
"Our Presidents voted unanimously to extend invitations to specific institutions, including both football-only and all-sport members to join the BIG EAST Conference. I will be speaking to representatives of those schools shortly and look forward to announcing with them their acceptance into the BIG EAST. The addition of these members will extend our reach, bring us to exciting new markets, strengthen our status within the BCS, and lay the foundation for possible further expansion, all while maintaining the high quality and standards our Conference is known for.
"In light of the lawsuit filed by West Virginia yesterday, the Presidents also discussed and confirmed our continuing commitment to enforce the Conference’s 27-month notification period for schools choosing to leave. The Conference believes these claims to be wholly without merit and will explore all its legal options to protect its interests and to ensure that West Virginia lives up to its obligations."
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