The Western Athletic Conference is prepared to to accommodate Boise State's in 2012-13 for all non-football sports, a source in the league told the Idaho Statesman on Thursday.
The Broncos would need to move their sports to the WAC this year if they were to join the Big East in football this fall. CBSSports.com reported that Boise State was exploring its options with the WAC earlier Thursday.
The Big East is likely to need a replacement for West Virginia, which is pushing to leave for the Big 12. The departure of West Virginia would leave the Big East with just seven football members in 2012. Though there would be no BCS ramifications for the league, each member would need to find a game on late notice if West Virginia is not replaced.
West Virginia could be nearing a financial settlement with the Big East, reported to be between $11 million and $20 million. Boise State could owe between $7.5 million and $9 million to the Mountain West to leave after one season. The Broncos would likely need financial assistance from the Big East in order to make the move.
Boise State President Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman last week that it could be "too late" for the Broncos to move to the Big East in 2012.
"It's too late. I can't imagine how anyone can pull that off. We would never want to pull it off in a fashion that dealt shabbily with our existing partners in the Mountain West. I don't think that could ever work," Kustra told me last week.
The WAC — which is adding Denver, Seattle, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State in 2012 — would have 11 teams for basketball in 2012-13. The league could play 18 conference games next season.
According to the "Big East Conference Membership Expansion Arrangement," Boise State must pay a $2 million entrance fee to join the Big East. The fee is payable over five years.
— Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman
The NCAA Football Rules Committee has approved several changes for the 2012 season, including moving the kickoff to the 35-yard line and placing the ball at the 25-yard line after touchbacks.
The proposals must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which meets Feb. 21.
Here is a full list of the proposals.
Former Idaho State coach hired at Nevada
Former Idaho State coach Larry Lewis is the new running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Nevada. Lewis was the head coach at Idaho State from 1999 to 2006. He has been at Colorado State since.