By Brian Murphy
Count Big East Interim Commissioner Joe Bailey among those uncertain of what Boise State will decide this week. The Broncos, who are scheduled to join the Big East on July 1, 2013, must decide by the end of the week to withdraw from the Mountain West or face stiffer financial penalties.
"We've had many conversations with Boise State and many conversations with others that want to make sure Boise State has their sports situated in a place where they really want their sports to be," Bailey told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday. "As to what is going to happen, I can't comment because a) I don't know and b) I won't guess.
"I can only tell you for a whole variety of reasons it's very clear Boise State is going to benefit from their continued relationship with the Big East."
Bailey said the league is "very supportive of (Boise State's) efforts to get what they want and what's appropriate for them."
Bailey on playoffs
— On access/revenue: "There were four major components to the discussion. The first one was clearly the format. It had to be decided upon and has been discussed for well over six months or more. With the individuals in that room, the consensus was the format was the right format. So that was the first hurdle.
"How do you select the top four and how do you select others? After enormous amount of discussion, the decision about having a selection committee was appropriate for a whole variety of reasons.
"The third piece is the access piece. Everyone understood how this was going to work. The good news was this is really based on a meritocracy of how well teams perform. Whether you're a coach or player or fan, at the end, you want to do well based on meritocracy. As far as access is concerned, there was an enormous emphasis placed on champions for conferences and the reason for that is you play all year long to see if you can win your conference. The amount of work you put in in order to win your conference is significant and that should be recognized."
"Finally, the last piece is the revenue piece. It was the last piece even discussed. ... On balance, the Big East for a whole variety of reasons is fine with the outcome. At the end you want to make sure there is an emphasis on conference champions."
— On revenue distribution: "A fair share is based on meritocracy and how well you do. If you have a belief in a committee system where you have people who are simply focused on quality of play and how well you play, no one is going to argue based on their evaluation and they're focused on it or think there was any kind of bias toward high-profile conferences versus people that haven’t really earned it."
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