By Brian Murphy
Boise State tried unsuccessfully to get its non-football programs in the California-based Big West last year. Now the Broncos might have to try again.
With the Western Athletic Conference — where most of Boise State's non-football teams are slated to play beginning in 2013 — in shambles, Boise State's eye could again turn to the Big West.
The Big West will have 10 teams in 2013, including Hawaii and San Diego State. ESPN's Andy Katz reported that the league will consider expansion, but is unlikely to make a big move which could be bad news for Boise State.
Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell told the Idaho Statesman in an email that the league's Board of Directors (presidents and chancellors) will meet next week and "its schedule includes a more 'blue sky' discussion of membership that undoubtedly will encompass a review of everything that has happened nationally regarding conference re-alignment There is no specific proposal on the table at this meeting to consider expansion beyond the ten members."
• A day after Big East Commissioner John Marinatto resigned, there are some good stories about the state of the Big East. Boise State is scheduled to move its football program into the league in 2013.
From Pete Thamel of the New York Times, you get a sense of the odd situation the league finds itself in — it could fall apart or it could sign a league-saving television contract. All in the next few months.
Boise State is clearly rooting for the latter.
And from Kelly Whiteside and Steve Wieberg of USA Today, you get a sense that the other BCS AQ conferences feel they have created separation between the top five and the Big East.
Also from USA Today: Marinatto does not expect Boise State or San Diego State to leave the league.
"When those schools went through the process with us, they both independently hired television consultants because they knew and we knew that the (automatic qualifier) may not exist by the time the new (TV) contract rolled around," Marinatto told USA Today.
"Neither one of those schools made the decision to join the Big East specifically because we had an AQ. I think they saw the bigger picture and realized that our potential really was in television. We have 32 million households in our footprint; that's twice as much as the next conference in the country, which is the Pac-12."
I agree with Marinatto. As long as the television money is there — and all indications are that it will be — then I think Boise State is going to stick with the Big East.
• Here is a terrific recap of stories written about the Big East from the Sports Business Daily.
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