Reports: Boise State to join Big East on Wednesday; Pitino applauds addition of Boise State

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Boise State will officially join the Big East as a football-only member in 2013 on Wednesday. A late afternoon press conference is expected. Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino applauded the job that Big East commissioner John Marinatto has done in rebuilding the league.

"I think what John Marinatto just did, he should get a substantial raise for what he just accomplished," Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said. "Getting Boise State. Getting Houston, SMU. I think that is as good of a job for a commissioner with his back against the wall as I've seen since I've been in athletics. The teams you lost aren't as good in football as the teams you're bringing in."

The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger first reported that Boise State and four other schools were "on the verge" of joining the Big East. The Boston Globe wrote that the announcement could come as soon as Wednesday.

CBSSports.com is also reporting that Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and Central Florida will join the league on Wednesday. ESPN is also reporting that the schools will join the Big East.

Boise State and San Diego State will join in football only.

"We defer to the Big East Conference on any announcements regarding its membership," Boise State spokesman Frank Zang said.

The Big East champion is assured of a spot in a Bowl Championship Series bowl game in 2012 and 2013. Boise State (11-1) and Houston (12-1) were left out of the BCS this season.

Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU would be part of a Western Division.

"We would be OK with anything that allows us to get into a BCS conference," San Diego State coach Rocky Long said Tuesday.

"It gives your football program an advantage. It gives your whole athletic department an advantage — more resources, added national exposure, it benefits everybody in the department."

It is possible that Air Force and Navy could join the league as well.

The Idaho State Board of Education granted Boise State President Bob Kustra the authority to move the Broncos' highly-ranked football program to the Big East early in November. At that time, Kustra said he hoped to have the process wrapped up within a week.

But Thursday, Kustra said, "Every day something changes. We're still trying to work it out and where we really are is trying to work out the other sports. That's where we are. It's not easy."

It is still unclear what league Boise State's other sports programs would move to. The Mountain West has said that Boise State would not be allowed to keep its other programs in the conference without the football program.

The Big East currently has five football schools that have not announced their departure — Connecticut, Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida.

Here is the Associated Press story:

NEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that The Big East is set to announce the additions of Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members and Houston, Central Florida and SMU for all sports as soon as Wednesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details were still being worked out with the schools and plans for a formal announcement were still being completed.

The person says the five new schools will join in 2013.
The Big East has been trying to rebuild as a 12-school football conference since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they would be moving to the ACC and West Virginia announced it was leaving for the Big 12.

The Star-Ledger in New Jersey first reported the Big East was on verge of making the long-awaited additions.

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I hope to God

They get a better media contract. MWC sucks.

Theyll be back on ESPN...

.

Really

I wouldn't bet on anything, as screwy as college ball has been this season.

If they were on ESPN this year

BSU would have made the BCS bowl.

that

Is a pretty strong assumption there with no possible way to prove what you are saying.

ESPN is full of gossip girls in the first place, unholy cows too

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Everybody wants to hue the knurled

No they wouldn't

The loss to TCU ensured no BCS game. They weren't left out because of lack of ranking or exposure, they were left out because they aren't members of the corrupt cartel. Any non-AQ has to go unbeaten to get a BCS game, that's the only way it's ever happened and the only way it ever will.

Correct,

this year's selection of bowl games proved that--the cartel set "draconian" standards for non-AQ teams, just lose once and you're out regardless of rank.

Not really

It is the same standard it has always been. No non--AQ has gone to a BCS bowl without an undefeated record.

ESPN is a large part of the

ESPN is a large part of the BCS issue.
Any company that has lowlife leach employees like Colin Cowterd and Craig James and continually
allows them to manipulate opinions/rankings is obviously approving what they say and do.

The NCAA, ESPN and the BCS are all in bed together.
ESPN only latched onto Boise State because they saw the dollar signs.

Anyone who doesn't like the current BCS commercialization of football should be watching
anything but the phoney 3 ring circuses they will display in January.

I for one will NOT be watching any of their sorry games.
Already saw LSU and Alabama, won't be watching the Re-Run.

Some good points,

the BCS is certainly all powerful and a true monopoly when it comes to college football. And, ESPN has become an all-encompassing monolith for just about all sports. Neither situation is beneficial for fairness in rankings or income distribution, particularly in football. ESPN follows the almighty dollar to the SEC with complete impunity in pursuit of it's largest fan base. Worse, ESPN provides analysts like Craig James and Mark May a huge platform to spew their biases toward rankings, heisman candidates, relative conference strengths, etc.--which are always against the non-AQs. The stuffy arrogance (and smarmy smiles) they exude while kowtowing to the BCS is almost as laughable as the "body of work" nonsense cliche they keep throwing at us.

espn was better when

it had pka karate, aussie rules football, George Grande and Tom Mees

days gone by

nice post

Agreed...

those were the days.

Benson should be fired

How does the WAC allow BSU back in the conference? They said it sucks and they are moving on. They slap Benson and the WAC in the face and now we let them back in??? Many of us are very upset. We don't need there other sports...grow a pair Benson.

oh oh

here we go again

two divisions with either of Louisville or Cincinnati joining the west?

article also notes that Air Force and Navy are expected to join later

Sure hope this works out, but......

as fluid as things are in NCAA football now, we could go somewhere else in another year -- along with every other football team in the country.

This move will one day be known as...

...the Big Oops. As bad as the MWC is, the Big East will be even worse.

Yea I know...

The Big East has more National television exposure, more television contract money and AQ status...that is now...they will re-negotiate their ESPN deal for even more money and exposure....keep their AQ status because that is what ESPN will dictate....yea,that's definitely going to be worse??

I agree. I think they

I agree. I think they should wait and see what the MWC is like after next year with Hawaii, Fresno and Nevada joining. I think with those teams, it will be a stronger schedule that what is left in the Big East. I sure hope that this does not come back and bite them. Could this be a knee jerk reaction after the latest snub from the BCS?

This isn't about

football gang, it's about money. The MWC is stuck in a low end TV contract and the Big East has great potential for a $90-120M per year TV deal.

Of course there is the AQ thingy as well.

It's all about football

football is a huge industry that rakes in billions. Take football out of the equation and replace it with field hockey and the billion dollar industry goes bye bye

What???

So you can have the WAC re-visited?? Have you not watched and listened to what is going on in college football?? It is not about ANYTHING BUT MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Money gives you more status, more visibility, better facilities, better recruiting....what about that don't you people understand??? With that said, I don't agree with the money thing but IT IS REALITY!!

If this year has taught us anything

...it's that the quality of teams does not matter. Big East has a much bigger market, more money, better deals, a longer legacy (the first football game was at Rutgers), and stronger ties to other sports. VaTech did not get in because their conference was good.

New Big East

The New Big East this year has 7 bowl eligible teams and 3 that has a record of 5-7.

That would be as good as the big east has ever been able to do.

Syracuse was never a football power and Pitt was the big east power in football. However, This move adds much greater football power than previous years and could be as strong as the early days when the big east was a notable power. In BB the big east will be alright, but the money is all about power football. With two available spots to get to twelve I think the big east needs to go after Fresno State for the west and Southern Miss for the east. The Navy Air Force thing is not quality football and never will be can you imagine two teams in the big east that play triple option football and cut block too? Heck, just go after Army too and raise the flag higher!

Give me a break

we do not need, utah state, fresno state or nevada reno /hawaii.
with smu, houston, BSU, sdsu we have a solid west division for the BE. If they get AF we can live with that for a long time and so could the rest of the league. If we keep making progress in BB maybe we'll even get to the point where they are willing to play us on a regular basis. We've got a pretty good setup for that (ok we need a new scoreboard - that's not like we need a whole new stadium) and we really are starting to play good round ball.

nothing is

as bad as the MWC, it was on life support as soon as Utah, BYU and TCU left and they signed the most ridiculous TV contract of all time.

America the Beautiful Conference (ABC)

From sea to shining sea.

Or, as much as this conference will be spread out,

they could just call it the WTF Conference....Sunny...

The New ACC

.... (American Continental Conference).... Just to rattle the Tobacco Road crowd...

What about the other sports?

Big West? WAC? Big Sky?
Bet they won't be happy.

Nobody cares...

about the other sports. They don't make money for the university. And if you don't make money you aren't worth it. They will likely look to minimize the costs of the "other" sports so that the revenue generated from football won't have to be divied up too badly and taken away from the football program. The most unfortunate is the men's basketball program, of course, because they have a great coach who likely could have put them on a similar level to the football program, but he will end up in a better basketball place and they will suffer because of it. I feel for the other athletes as well, because they do a great job representing the university and put a lot of effort into their sports as well, especially the wrestling team. I still think the best bargain out there at BSU is the pass they have to get into the home games of women's basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, track, and softball. Sorry, I just realized I'm wasting a whole lot of space on something no one cares about. Best wishes to the "other" student-athletes that unfortunately aren't "worth"($) fighting for.

Best bargain?

You never cease to amaze...

I would be willing to bet money

That the Big Least won't be AQ in 2014.

Truth is hard to come by

How much?

Because I'll bet you don't know what the qualifications are.

OK

...I'll take that bet. If the BCS survives, the BE bid will survive. The BCS is about money, thus television markets. Did the Sugar Bowl teach you nothing? The BE will have markets in NYC, Florida, Texas, and SoCal. No other conference will have such a large television potential...

move would not have been made

without a high degree of confidence that aq status will continue

Big West

for all other sports. All close by, so cal recruiting for the programs that need it. Makes financial and common sense.

and...

being in both the Big East and the Big West at the same time makes no sense what so ever...

Then...

it sounds like a done deal.

America's Team!!!

Who else could say they covered the entire country with their conference schedules?

Let's Go!

I say let's go in 2012 and pay the exit fee. Joining the MW was a huge mistake in my opinion and the lack of TV exposure hurt us a ton! Ugh, the thought of enduring another season on the Mountain and Versus...

How?

How did the lack of exposure hurt a ton? It wasn't lack of exposure that cost a BCS game, it was giving the game away to TCU. The lack of a kicker is what hurt. With more exposure, BSU could've possibly been #5 in the BCS instead of #7, and they still would've been left out.

calm down on the "bsu gave

calm down on the "bsu gave tcu that game."
you must have missed the gift pass interference call the refs "gave" bsu on 4th down on that last drive
no way that was interference, hahaha

A couple of points

I wasn't referring to only the last drive when I said they gave the game away. There were numerous plays on offense and defense that could have been the difference, and the Broncos didn't make those plays.

I was in the stadium and saw what you call a "gift" interference call, and it was a legitimate call. Did you notice that the TCU player didn't protest the call at all? The bad call was the defensive holding three plays later, which the TCU players did protest. Anyone who was watching the receiver run his route knows he was interfered with. Were you there?

I agree it wasn't Pass Interference

The refs should've called Defensive Holding. That's only a difference of 5 yuds, but it's an automatic first down nonetheless.

But, the refs wers terrible. They missed the helmet-to-helmet on Harper. They missed the PI on Miller. I think we got away with a PI, too. The point is the refs sucked. And, it was pandemic throughout the entire country. Did you see how the refs were non-existent in the SEC Chanmpionship?

Lack of exposure

While our loss to TCU hurt us the most, lack of exposure hurt us as in we were basically off the map all season. How many times did we even get mentioned week to week when the analysts were talking about the top ten? There were several times they'd mention the teams ahead of us, the teams behind us and just skip right by the Broncos. Though I doubt he would have won the Heisman, I think Kellen's chances of being invited to NY were hurt by the lack of exposure as well. Same scenario - the analysts would talk about their beloved Luck and whoever their "flavor of the week" happened to be and not even mention Kellen's numbers that week. Out of sight, out of mind. As I said in my first post, this is only my opinion - you're free to disagree. I expect next year to be a repeat, especially if we don't finish out undefeated so my vote is to get the heck out of the MW this year and be done with it.

Recruiting.

The Mtn isn't even available here in Houston unless you change to DirecTV or DishNetwork (whichever one it was that carries it). Look at the number of recruits BSU gets from the Houston area and then realize that by going to the MWC BSU removed themselves from this TV market for 25% of their regular season games. Nobody in Houston, that isn't a BSU fan to begin with, is going to switch their TV provider just to see BSU play. So instead of every game being on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN3, we get blacked out of every game that is on the MTN. When BSU was on ESPN, they were usually one of only a few games on and football junkies and high school players would tune in just to see football. Pretty big recruiting pool to voluntarily abandon. May not have much impact over just a couple years, but over a long time period it would be felt.

yes i agree

JUST THINK HOW MANY BRONCO FANS WILL TRAVEL TO BIG EAST SCHOOLS TO SEE THE BRONCOS PLAY ...WE WILL BE LUCKY TO HAVE A COUPLE THOUSAND FANS FROM BOISE ATTENDING THOSE GAMES IN THE EAST..MAY BE IN TEXAS AND SAN DIEGO ..YOU BETTER HOPE FOR TV COVERAGE...SOME ONE IS SCREWING US OVER...BCS...COULD IT BE ALL ABOUT THE BOTTOM LINE.. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ BIG BUSINESS CONFERENCE AT ITS BEST..IT SUCKS...WE'LL BE LUCKY TO HAVE ANY OF THE BIG EAST FAN BASE TRAVEL OUT HERE TO BOISE TOO SEE THEIR TEAMS PLAY.. WE NEED TO PARTITION TO JOIN THE SEC..IN MARK MAYS AND CRAIG JAMES ANALYSIS THERE IS ONLY ONE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY THE SEC ..WHY HAVE A BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME..THEY SHOULD LET THE TOP TWO SEC TEAMS IN THE SEC PLAY FOR THE NC SINCE NO OTHER CONFERENCE EXIST...LET'S START A PARTITION TO ELIMINATE THE SEC CONFERENCE AND LET THE OTHER 5 AQ CONFERENCES FIGHT IT OUT FOR THE OTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP...GO TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY SAN MARCOS, TX THEY'LL BE JOINING THE SEC REAL SOON JUST LIKE TX A&M THEY JUST MOVED UP TO THE WAC..GO WAC..ANOTHER BUTT KICKING SCHOOL THAT CAN HANDLE THE U OF I

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all those caps are hard to read