Big East to hold football title game at on-campus site; divisions might not be based on geography

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Big East football coaches and athletic directors voted unanimously Tuesday to hold the league's football championship game at an on-campus site beginning in 2013, Senior Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli told the Statesman.

The league holding annual meetings in Florida, and Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle is attending.

The "best" division winner will host the game, Carparelli said, though it was not decided how that team will be chosen.

"We discussed some concepts about a tiebreaker ... and how the host will be determined was discussed, but we did not conclude that discussion," Carparelli said.

Former Big East Commissioner John Marinatto had floated the idea of holding the championship game at Yankee Stadium, but the football coaches and ADs opted for an on-campus site, like the Pac-12.

The Big East is expected to have 12 football-playing members for 2013 are: Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU, Temple, Memphis, Central Florida, South Florida, Connecticut, Rutgers, Louisville and Cincinnati.

How those teams will be split into divisions was also discussed Tuesday, but no decisions were made. Carparelli said the several models were considered, including splits not based on geography.

The three criteria that emerged from those discussions, he said, were:

1. Maintaining and/or developing rivalries as much as possible;

2. Maximize the fan experience;

3. Maximize the league's value to television.

The league office will do more research on the proposals, including talking with television consultants about which model would be most attractive, and present its findings to the schools in late July at meetings in Rhode Island.

The league needs a divisional alignment at that time so it can begin creating a schedule in the fall, Carparelli said.

No matter what format is selected, Boise State and San Diego State are expected to play each season.

The Big East is also in favor of using a formula/ranking rather than a selection committee to select teams to participate in a four-team postseason playoff. The league favors allowing only conference champions into the playoff.

"We felt rewarding conference champions was important," Carparelli said, citing protecting the value of the regular season.

Carparelli said the league is committed to helping Boise State find a stable home for its non-football programs.

"We're open to helping them in any way," he said. "If there's anything they come up with or that we think of that can facilitate them finding a home for all their non-football sports, the Big East is committed to doing it."

Carparelli said Boise State has not asked for anything specific at this point.

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Lovely.

Maybe we can get UConn and Villanova as divisional rivals and travel partners. Either of those two would be worthy of the price of an away game airline ticket and hotel lodgings.

And hey! It conveniently does away with the need for any future western partners and paves the way to add East Carolina.

Villanova?

They are not a member of the Big East and I hope they nor E. Carolina ever are.

Villanova already has an invite

and are BB league members at present. They are a Div. II (FCS) team and were invited when Temple was added in March. E. Carolina's name comes up very frequently back there. I can't even imagine wanting to be in the same conference with them, much less the same division. Kustra's "Western Division" he was promised is starting to look more like the "Western Potomac Division."

Wrong

Division II is not FCS, what was formerly I-AA is FCS. Villanova is I-AA (FCS), not Division II.

You won't

be seeing me at Villanova, maybe at UConn however. Wow, this means that BSU better be on time with its' stadium expansion. A championship game on the blue? That would be a huge deal for the fans and the city--excitement for all, and an economic bonanza for local business. Can't wait! Go Broncos!

The solution is

IF the Big West won't take Boise State's non-football sports then the solution, as I see it, is very simple. Simply tell the Big East that Boise State has to be a FULL conference member. The cost of the extra travel for the non-football sports teams would be basically the same as the subsidy that Boise State would have to pay the schools in the Big West so that's a push.

And yes, of course the Boise State basketball teams would not be competitive in the Big East initially - but that IS how one gets better over time, by playing BETTER competition over and over and over again. It would do nothing but make the Boise State basketball teams BETTER in the long run.

Maybe we should become full members

When we were in the WAC/MWC, we traveled every season to Ruston, LA and Honolulu, HI.

Once we get to the Big East, we'll only be required to travel to those schools in our Western Division, but we won't play EVERY Big East team. So, non-football sports won't be as bad as everyone is making it sound. Perhaps we can set up a schedule of playing (for example) St John's on Thursday, travel on Friday, and play Rutgers on Saturday. Why not?

Nobody's hacked out this disease, have they?

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You are cut off at the well son.

Bronco Stadium could host first Big East title game

Wheeeeeee! Wheeeeeee!

He11, it might not even be based on reality!

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You are cut off at the well son.

By all logic

the Big East divisions should be divided up north and south.

Northern Division
Boise State, Temple, Connecticut, Rutgers, Louisville and Cincinnati.

Southern Division
San Diego State, Houston, SMU, Memphis, Central Florida, and South Florida

5 games in division + 3 cross division games. "Rivalry" games (BSU vs SDSU) could be scheduled every year.

Where do you find this LOGIC?

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Titus Young

Hey Murph, I heard that Titus Young punched Louis Delmas in the face at a Lions practice. Do you have any news or details about it?

I see silver fell below

$28 an ounce....

dudes, just listen to Boise State on radio....you can do other stuff while listening, much like the 'old' radio days of Fibre Magee and the Shadow....

We need to quit making the 'fat' cats, fatter....

Money only flows one way....

Radio and the old days....go cheap and enjoy the days of Baseball when Harmon belt one out....

I met him when he took over Rob Zollinger Motors

Now Hanigan Chrysler Dodge Jeep

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radio brings out the

imagination....

it was cheap....

now elivated everything, plus inflation....

all for the fat cats....

Radio Gets Results!

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§ Nanette and her niece, Shélley,

both recommend a healthy amount of fibre. It's centre to their culinary choices when on holiday.

Silvre is discussed only for its lústre.

Roundabouts, dooooods!

Mother Madeleine is une haute femme.

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