By Brian Murphy
Boise State's general counsel conducted "correspondence and discussions with the Mountain West" about remaining in the league, the school told the Idaho Statesman in response to a public records request. The school refused to release any documents associated with the discussions, citing attorney-client privilege.
The response confirms what the Mountain West said in May and contradicts what Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle told media members at the Big East meetings when he denied the school had conversations with the league about staying.
That denial caused the Mountain West league office to issue a statement outlining the discussions. Colorado State Athletic Director Jack Graham said the league offered to share revenues based on on-field success, a plan that could have helped the Broncos' powerful football program, but that Boise State declined.
No Boise State official attended the Mountain West meetings earlier this month outside of San Diego.
Boise State is scheduled to move its football program to the Big East in July 2013. The Broncos are scheduled to move their other sports programs to the WAC in July 2013, but have applied for membership in the Big West.
The Broncos completed the Big West's 11-page "New Member Assessment Tool" and have sent it to the league. The assessment tool is a collection of data — general campus information, sports sponsorship assessment, academic assessment, athletic competitiveness assessment, NCAA Championship participation, athletic department funding and marketing assessment — and includes no statements as to why the Broncos want to join the league or why the league should accept Boise State.
In its response to the Statesman, Boise State said it has not submitted membership applications to any other Division I conference.
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