State Board to discuss Boise State's possible move to Big East on Thursday; Boise State says no invite from Big East

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 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

Associated Press

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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And in other news, I have slept with several supermodels, but I decline to name them.

The difference being...

One of the statements is true.

He has loose supermodel contacts, that is correct.


Everybody wants to hue the knurled

I believe the scoop on the supermodels, after all

the source is Bond himself- Bond is much more reliable than the Big East Commish and he has a license to kill

He is a much bigger man as well...


Everybody wants to hue the knurled

That's what SHE said!


No you're never gonna get it...

Never ever gonna get it!



"I will be speaking

to representatives of those schools shortly"...hopefully, "shortly" means today and this thing can now get done quickly. The invitees and existing members make this an interesting mix of quality teams, however, total committment by all will be needed to make it last.

You will always have total commitment from


That is, until a bigger dollar arrives....


If BSU is going to move to the Big East, other teams in the meantime are jumping ship just like when BSU moved to the MWC. So the end result is BSU will end up being in a crappy conference again only with double the travel distance this time.

I would like to see BSU wait it out and not make a hasty decision.


And how do you know this?

And how do you know that? Is this Watergate?


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Because it's all over the news? A bunch of teams have already announced they're leaving the Big East. It's not some big secret. It's been plastered all over the front page of everywhere for a few weeks now.

Who gives a crap? They're on it like Typhoid on Mary.


Everybody wants to hue the knurled


Wait for what? Wait for TCU, BYU, and Utah leave the MWC? What reason is there to stay?

Adding a bunch of new teams...

Doesn't make your conference legit or even viable as a BCS qualifier. The realligned Big East would be made up of 1-2 good teams and about 10 mediocre ones. Every single team that the Big East is inviting is from a non-AQ conference. The Big East will essentially wind up being a glorified Conference USA. Is this really the move up that Kustra seeks? Obviously the Big East pays its members more than the MWC, but when you figure in the buyout that BSU would have to pay when the time comes to move again, the profits will be completely nullified. Sorry, but this whole thing just stinks of desperation.

"The realligned Big East

"The realligned Big East would be made up of 1-2 good teams and about 10 mediocre ones."

Kind of like the PAC 16!

(OK, I kid. A little.)

University Of West Virginia(Big East)

1. The lawsuit the University has filed vs.The Big East.

2.Where is Zeke from cabin creek? Do we need to summon him to help in the lawsuit?

This whole scenario-is humorous-this is football season-and we are dealing with silly adults who do not play the game we enjoy

Makes life fun- Zeke where are you?

worth a read/listen

If you listen to AOL you might as use drugs or give up your soul


Everybody wants to hue the knurled

What if

I've already done those things? Then what do I do if I listen to AOL?

I'm not your guidance counselor? Ask your mother!


Everybody wants to hue the knurled

Poor fella...

Seems you live life walking a pretty fine line. Here's to hoping to you don't slip. Also, with all the punctuation marks I'd suggest switching to decaf and skipping a few power rallies.

Are you developmentally disabled? Grow up.


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BSU fans please vote

BSU fans Vote once a day everyday

Kellen is in first place with fan votes in the O'Brien. He is in 4th in the Heisman race. Please vote all three everyday.

GO Broncos

What's the point if all this occurs? He should become a bishop.


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Thank you, Bashful


Thank you

GO Broncos

Put a stop to this non-sense!

Everyone needs to contact one of the members of the Idaho State Board of Education & give them your opinion on this. Kustra will be required to get their approval. If enough fans, alumni, students & faculty flood them with calls & emails, that's where your voices will be heard. The next board meeting is this coming Thursday, Nov 3. I'm guessing this will be on the agenda. For a list of State Board of Education members and contact information, go to:

Non-sense is staying in the MWC Super Crappy Conf!

I have contacted the Idaho State Board of Education and told them that I am 100% in favor of a move to the Big East...most fans I have spoken to favor the move.

Why would you not want to be in a division with Houston, SMU, Air Force (and maybe BYU)? UCF, Houston, SMU, BSU, Air Force, and Navy are the Who's Who of the Non-AQ...even without AQ status, I would rather BSU play against those teams than Colorado State, New Mexico, and UNLV! Your idea of progress is a conference that mirrors the ol' WAC?

Who are you, Jeff Caves???

Really, "and maybe BYU", do you have an in at the church? And it's not the Who's Who of the non AQ, it's more like the "Who Cares list in the non AQ".......if we play UCF, Houstone, etc.? Sorry, I don't mean to be offensive but you should have stopped at the end of your first sentence?

No, the real "Who Cares" list is...

Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado State, New Mexico, Fresno, and Hawaii. BYU is rumored to be a target of The Big East...replacing WV (just a rumor that seems to be gaining some steam).

I don't know if your one of the hold-outs that is still depressed that BSU left the Big Sky conference, but the MWC without BYU, Utah, TCU, and Air Force is a BIG JOKE. The new MWC/C-USA Super Conference without SMU, Houston, and UCF (who are ready to depart to the Big East) is hot mess of terrible fb programs.

The Big East = More Money, Exposure, and Better Competition. Idiots that still mourn the loss of the annual UI fb game are the only ones to put up a stink about anything that resembles change or progress.

Prostrate yourself to the God of Stupid, it won't hurt later.



Everybody wants to hue the knurled


I strongly disagree with your logic. A move to the Big East is a great opportunity for the State of Idaho as well as Boise St. You should examine your motives for being so focused on negativity and step aside so progress can be achieved. Holding Boise State back is holding Idaho back.

We Have to Join the Non-Sense to Stay Relevant

Farmerjohn, you obviously care about Boise State football, but you are wrong about calling the move to the Big East "non-sense." IF the status quo was being maintained, then yes, BSU might be able to stand pat and continue to be the outlier who gets into a BCS game every couple of years. However, with all of the conference realignment craziness, BSU has to get into an AQ league and get more money and build their program. Even if the very worst-case scenario happens and Louisville leaves and the Big East loses their AQ status, we will still be in a much stronger conference than the Mtn. West has turned out to be.

If we stay in the Mtn. West, the Broncos will have faded from the national scene within 2-3 years. In the Mtn. West we get no ESPN, little money, a commissioner that doesn't care about us, and crappy teams. By going to the Big East, we get ESPN or NBC, we get a lot more money, a commissioner that has personally come to visit Boise from his headquarters in Providence, R.I., and a substantial upgrade in the overall quality of the conference. This move has to happen if Boise State hopes to expand their stadium and grow the program. In a round-about way, it might also help grow the Olympic sports - Boise won't be in the Big East for basketball, volleyball, etc. However, why can't we use the football relationship to have TB arena host a Georgetown or Notre Dame in the future? There are a lot of positives to this move. It has to happen.

Not only non-sense, syphilitic vomiting my little pony non-sense

Rack yourself, I'm not from Craigslist


Everybody wants to hue the knurled

Thanks for the linky

Just contacted them and told the that I SUPPORT BSU joining the Big East.

Like the state board is...

going to tell BSU football "no". If Kustra and Petersen say move, the state board will say "move". It's just a matter of policy and procedure.

and when Boise fails in the Big East, it will be

Kustra and Peterson that 'move' to greener pastures....

Bronco football will lose money in the Big East....they will/would make money in the WAC, or as an Indy, or in the Big 12....

Wait dudes!!!! Patience is a virtue....

This move will take more time and money to get out if not working....

The Big East makes sense?

In 2007-8, Boise State disclosed a football revenue of $21,777,002 dollars, good enough for 89th in the nation. I'm going to use Syracuse a lot in my comparisons because a.) they are one of the teams that we would theoretically be replacing and b.) they are a great example of the economic injustice of AQ conference income allowances. Syracuse, in that same year, produced $44,702,831. Better stadium attendance? Don't think so. Since 2002, Syracuse has posted a WL record of 42-72, making twice as much money as us, more than twice as much in earlier years, while we produced a record of 111-12 in the same time period.

Part of the reason for this disparity is the BCS income dispersion. Many BSU fans don't realize that the 5 non-AQ conferences split around 9% of the total BCS income. That means the 6 AQ conferences split about 91% between them! Our share of the pie is about one tenth as much as a team that we could beat on the field with our scout team. THAT is the reality of BCS money, and does not include TV deal income if the Big East finally decides to establish a network.

But we'll use up all that extra money on travel!! Consider this, if we keep our non conference schedule for 2012 and play Syracuse's home and away schedule, we will travel 654 miles LESS than we did in 2009, and that is assuming one of home games is NOT switched to Air Force, which would knock off another big chunk of miles. So you're saying we could afford it as a WAC team, but as a BCS team we just won't have the budget for it?

Can I get an Amen!

Good post cfs. I don't think the Broncos can afford to "wait and see what happens". Too much at stake in terms of dollars and exposure.

cfs68....good post and wont

disagree on BCS disparity....

But remember, the many Universities that people like to compare Boise State too were Universities in existence long before Boise State....Some of these Universities are 200-300 years old now and have endowments and funds that have been stored and re-invested for along they have tons of money and a large alumni base....

What does Boise State bring to the table?

A 9-5 BCS record is not that impressive when you look at the Big picture....There are over 50 cfb teams that have 9 BCS wins, or better....

This conference re-alignments and stuff is all about money, and tons of it....Its like playing a Big Boys Poker game where the ante starts at $10,000 and Boise offers $500....they'll kick you out!

Is the Big East really going to survive? What are the costs to Boise if it does not?

if you want to look at the big picture then look at this

You're right, BSU is new compared to other schools that have been around for 100's of years and it shows in this ranking right here, where BSU is # 114 in the number of games played, or seventh from last, depending on how you choose to look at it:

Here's another argument about BSU's youth, where BSU is #107 for the number of points scored by d1 teams

Despite the facts above that point to BSU's youth, they have an incredible #3 ranking among d1 schools in all time winning percentage, as seen here: The other anomaly that you'll see in that list is the Big East's #18 S. Florida.

TBK....good post....

That is one of my points....Boise is only about 6 years old into this BCS stuff....other schools have long history in college football at the National level....they have monies built over long periods of time....

Boise is new at this....thus the 'Average Boise Fan' doesnt know what to do; they just love the Broncos....

VNDL is right, BSU fans should join the BAA and be part of the success team....even Ugly will be a BAA member soon, and I'm not a big Bronco fan....I'm still a Vandal and my early roots are Catholic, thus I still like Notre Dame....but I do like football and live in Idaho, so why not donate to the best team in the state?

Ugly & TBK

We need to forget this university parochialism crappola and all Idahoans need to get behind the football team that is the best in the State of Idaho and has the best chances to win a FBS Natty. At this time it is BSU. So be it.

Idahoans who love CFB need to forget their petty differences and support the Broncos, regardless of where they went to school or any historical perceived slights.

We have a unique opportunity to achieve a FBS Natty, via the BSU Broncos.

Let's not squander that opportunity to be part of something truly exciting and stellar for the Great State of Idaho, because of not being able to let go of crappola that happened 10 - 20 - 30 years ago.

Idahoans who love CFB need to join the BAA and put their efforts and money to work building, supporting, and sustaining a legitimate National Championship calibre team - the BSU Broncos.

BAA Member Number #63799

Here! Here!

I agree!

All nice like easter bonnets but it's all parasitic, we're...


the hosts, not the bugs

foreign Idahoan

I thought it was nice to see easter bonnets at's true we are the host and become the bug