By Brian Murphy
Boise State, unlike the other schools slated to join the Big East in 2013, has not formally withdrawn from its current conference, CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy reported Thursday evening.
Mountain West officials met with Boise State officials this week to persuade the Broncos to stay in the league, McMurphy reported.
Houston, Southern Methodist, UCF and Memphis have formally withdrawn from Conference USA and San Diego State has withdrawn from the Mountain West.
Earlier this week, however, a Boise State spokesman told the Idaho Statesman that the school has asked the Big East for help in finding a stable home for most of its non-football programs. The Broncos are scheduled to move its those programs to the WAC, but that league has been decimated by the most recent moves in conference realignment.
A Boise State spokesman would not confirm the details in the CBSSports.com report to the Idaho Statesman, instead referring to a statement the school released last week.
"We continue to closely monitor the changing landscape of college athletics as a result of the latest news on conference realignment. During this time of change, we remain committed to making the best long-term decisions for Boise State University," Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said.
Boise State would owe the Big East $5 million if it does not join the league on July 1, 2013, according to the contract between the parties. If the Broncos were to join the Big East and then leave, Boise State would face a $10 million buyout and a 27-month waiting period, McMurphy reported.
Though the Big East could be in line for a major television contract this fall, the league is still on tenuous footing. Louisville has told the league it wants to leave, ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported Thursday, and Connecticut has made it clear that it would prefer to change leagues as well.
Broncos in the NFL
• The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with first-round pick Shea McClellin, a former Boise State defensive end. The contract is for four years with an option for a fifth season.
• Former Boise State TE Kyle Efaw has earned an invite to Oakland Raiders' rookie camp. Efaw has not signed a contract with the Raiders. It is a tryout.
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