By Brian Murphy
Boise State will remain in the Mountain West for the 2012-13 seasons, the school announced Wednesday afternoon. Boise State had been in discussions with the Big East and WAC about moving its programs to those leagues this fall.
The Broncos are moving their football program to the Big East and thier other sports programs to the WAC in 2013.
“While we have had several discussions with the Big East and the WAC in moving our sports into those two leagues a year earlier than previously stated, the University feels there were too many obstacles to overcome to make the move at this time,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said in a statement. “While there certainly would have been advantages in making the move a year early, it became clear that it would not be fiscally responsible, as all of the expenses associated with early entry into the two conferences would not be covered.”
The addition of Temple for the 2012 football season would mean that the Big East no longer needs Boise State to join the league a year early. The Broncos are slated to join in 2013.
Craig Thompson told the Sporting News on Wednesday that "every indication I have is Boise St will play in MWC in 2012" and that he expects a decision Wednesday afternoon.
Boise State President Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman on Feb. 3 that "it's too late" for Boise State to move to the Big East in 2012.
"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 said.
Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said the Broncos needed to cover their expenses, perhaps as much as $9 million, before they could make a move. Coyle also said it was important to find a stable home for the Broncos' non-football programs.
They are slated to move to the WAC in 2013, but that league could be in peril.
"We’ve got to find the right fit for all our programs,” Coyle said.
According to CBSSports.com, "The Big East was not willing to provide the Broncos with about $10 million they needed to leave the Mountain West in football and have their Olympic sports join the WAC a year early."
Statement by the eleven BCS Commissioners and the Notre Dame Athletics Director
In an effort to grow college football's great popularity and success, we just completed two days of productive meetings in Dallas, Texas.
We have until the fall of this year to finalize any possible changes to our current structure. That's when contractual obligations require us to begin negotiations with our television carrier for future coverage decisions. We have a self-imposed deadline of sometime this summer to decide what changes we will propose to our governing bodies for football's post-season. It's still early in our process and we will continue to meet with our conferences and review options.
Whatever we do, we want to protect college football's regular season which is the best and most meaningful in sports. We want to preserve the great bowl tradition while making it better and more attractive. We also have heard the message about playing bowl games closer to or on January 1, the way it used to be.
As we proceed, we will evaluate the many pros and cons of numerous possible changes. Every idea has exciting up sides, as well as complicated consequences. From the realities of the calendar to the issues presented in terms of venues such as who hosts games, we have tremendous responsibilities and opportunities.
The bottom line is we will continue to talk about how to make a great sport even better for student-athletes, fans and everyone who loves college football.
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