By Brian Murphy
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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