By Brian Murphy
Boise State is enlisting help from all over the country to find a stable home for most of its non-football programs.
The Broncos have asked the Big East, its scheduled football conference beginning in 2013, for help, the school told the Idaho Statesman. Now San Diego State, which is planning to make the move to the Big East with Boise State next year, is doing its best to help solve the Broncos' conference woes.
"It's a fluid time,” SDSU Athletic Director Jim Sterk told the San Diego Union Tribune. "Boise is a great partner and we’re working to help find a solution for them."
CBSSports.com reported last week that the Mountain West, Boise State's current league, has tried to convince the Broncos to keep all of its sports programs in the conference. If the Broncos cannot find a suitable home for its non-football programs, the Mountain West could be their only option.
The CBSSports.com report indicated Boise State — unlike the other schools that are set to join the Big East next year — had yet to officially withdraw from the Mountain West. Withdrawal is as simple as a formal letter and Boise State has until June 30 to do so.
Boise State officials have been quiet on the topic since the Western Athletic Conference — which was supposed to house most of the school's non-football programs — was gutted in the latest round of conference realignment.
The WAC lost Utah State and San Jose State to the Mountain West and newcomers Texas-San Antonio (to Conference USA) and Texas State (to the Sun Belt), leaving it with just two football-playing members (Idaho and New Mexico State), along with four other non-football playing members (Boise State, Denver, Seattle and Texas-Arlington).
It appears Boise State is not content to remain in the league, given that it has asked the Big East and San Diego State for help.
San Diego State will play its other sports in the Big West. The Big West declined to invite Boise State last year and the California-based bus league has not given much indication that it wants to expand to Boise. Hawaii will join the league this year in all sports except football and pay travel subsidies.
The Big West met on Monday and there was "no specific proposal on the table at this meeting to consider expansion," Commissioner Dennis Farrell told the Statesman last week.
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