Boise State joins Big West for most sports; Big East to pay most of Broncos' entry fee

By Chadd Cripe and Brian Murphy
sports@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Press conference notes:

— Boise State President Bob Kustra: "Our going to the Big East was contingent upon finding a safe, secure and competitive environment for the rest of our sports."

— The Big East will pay half of Boise State’s $770,000 travel subsidy in the first two years ($385,000 per year for Big East). That’s a bridge to the Big East’s new TV deal.

— The Big East will pay $2 million of Boise State’s $2.5 million entry fee to the Big West. As a result, Boise State will pay a full $2.5 million entry fee to the Big East.

So it’s costing Boise State $3 million in entry fees to its two new leagues; the Big East is paying $2.77 million to help.

— Boise State will make a one-time equity payment to the Big West of $176,000. The school will receive a full share of conference revenue from the start.

— Boise State would owe an exit fee to the Big West. It starts at $1.5 million in 2014, then drops by $250,000 each year until 2018, when it hits $250,000 and stays there. If San Diego State leaves the Big West, the Big West can terminate Boise State’s membership with 24 months notice.

— Hawaii won't have to pay travel costs to Boise State when the Broncos go to the islands. Hawaii reportedly pays about $500,000 in subsidies.

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Boise State on Friday accepted an invitation to join the Big West Conference in sports other than football, beginning July 1, 2013.

The Big West will house the Broncos’ men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and women’s volleyball programs. The gymnastics team competes in the WAC and the wrestling team stays in the Pac-12. The swimming and diving and men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams still need places to play.

The football team moves to the Big East in 2013.

Boise State will pay a $2.5 million entry fee in five annual installments and an initiation fee of $50,000. The school also will pay a travel subsidy estimated at $770,000 per year.

Boise State is a previous Big West member. The Broncos competed there in all sports from 1996-97 to 2000-01, beginning its Football Bowl Subdivision era.

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Big West statements:

“The Big West Conference welcomes an established, nationally recognized institution in Boise State at a time of unprecedented growth for its members,” said Long Beach State University President Dr. F. King Alexander, Chair of the Big West Board of Directors, who made the announcement. “We look forward to BSU contributing to the conference’s national standing as it continues to evolve.”

“The additions of Hawai‘i, San Diego State and now Boise State have presented opportunities for the Big West Conference to further grow its national profile,” said Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell. “The establishment of the Big West Basketball Tournament at Anaheim’s Honda Center, heightened television exposure and a fortified group of members have positioned the Conference for continued success moving forward.”

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Here’s the complete Boise State release:

BOISE, Idaho – President Bob Kustra announced today Boise State University has accepted an invitation from the Big West Conference to join the league starting July 1, 2013.
The Broncos will participate in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and women’s volleyball.
Boise State has been in the process of finding a more stable conference for the majority of its non-football programs since it was announced last year the football team would be joining the Big East Conference in 2013 and that it would be unable to keep its remaining intercollegiate teams in the Mountain West Conference.
“Boise State’s membership in the Big West Conference complements our Big East Conference football presence and reflects our emerging coast-to-coast profile,” Boise State President Bob Kustra stated. “We are truly excited by the prospects of competition and collaboration with all these new partners both athletically and academically. The Big West will be an outstanding home for the majority of our intercollegiate sports and will provide great opportunities for our student-athletes.”
“The additions of Hawai‘i, San Diego State and now Boise State have presented opportunities for the Big West Conference to further grow its national profile,” said Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell. “The establishment of the Big West Basketball Tournament at Anaheim’s Honda Center, heightened television exposure and a fortified group of members have positioned the Conference for continued success moving forward.”
Boise State’s entry fee to join the Big West is $2.5 million which will be paid in five annual payments. In addition, Boise State will also pay a travel cost per conference visiting team for regular season competitions in Boise at an estimated cost of $750,000 per year, an equity share into the league’s reserve to be determined at a later date and a one-time membership initiation fee estimated at $50,000.
Current schools in the Big West include Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Hawai’i and Pacific.
Pacific will leave the Big West following the 2012-13 season and join the West Coast Conference.
Like Boise State, San Diego State will join the Big West in 2013 for the majority of its non-football sports. San Diego State’s football team is joining the Big East with Boise State prior to the 2013 season.
“We are excited about our future membership in the Big West Conference and feel this will be a great fit for our program,” Bronco Director of Athletics Mark Coyle commented. “The Big West is a highly-respected conference with excellent leadership, led by Commissioner Dennis Farrell. The league will provide a competitive environment for our teams participating in the Big West.”
The Bronco women’s gymnastics team is scheduled to compete in the Western Athletic Conference starting next season and the wrestling team will continue its longtime affiliation in the Pacific-12 Conference. Conference affiliation for the Bronco women’s swimming and diving team and the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams has yet to be determined.
Boise State was a member of the Big West for all sports, including football, from July 1, 1996 to June 30, 2001. Boise State joined the WAC on July 1, 2001 and was a member of that league for 10 years before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2011.

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just wondering...

When it comes to mens basketball, which is more prestigious? WAC or Big West? In other words, is this a move up or a move down from the WAC days?

WAC vs BWC

WAC, without a doubt. Here's a link to the RPI ranking of each conference: http://realtimerpi.com/rpi_conf_Men.html

Last year, the WAC was 12th and the Big West was 26th. Pretty big drop. Keep in mind, though, Long Beach State was better than any WAC team.

You can click through previous years and see that the WAC is ranked ahead every year except one in the past 10 years, usually substantially.

Of course, the historical WAC is going to look a lot different from the future WAC in terms of basketball strength (or existence). Big West is probably a better competitive fit anyway.

Keep in mind San Diego was

Keep in mind San Diego was not part of the Big West until now. That is a huge swing. Plus Boise State will be playing home and home with the likes of Memphis and Temple. With Long Beach, San Diego, Hawaii this conference is going to be fine and climb the RPI's quickly.

conference prestigiousness is irrelevant when you're losing

If BSU can start winning conference championships in basketball, it'll be a step forward.

Agreed

BSU's RPI never really mattered ever since it joined the WAC because throughout most of the time since 2001, BSU hoops has been primarily losing. I think the most important thing for BSU hoops is to keep Leon Rice and let him do what he is doing.

Mostly losing

I guess, except for those post season tournament (NCAA, NIT, CBIx2) years. We were over 500 for those years. We were mostly winning, just not impressively most years.

I found it difficult to view it as

over .500 for those years, considering that under Greg Graham, the program was under .500 in conference play.

Uh oh

someone call 911, ceecey is going to have an aneurism.

HAHA!

That or just spew the old rhetoric, maybe both. You know what, I'll save him, and everyone else, the trouble. FIRE KUSTRA! There, now he won't have to be here and post his same old nonsense. This is a good move for BSU, espcially since the WAC's life support seems to be running dry.

Not a bus -- nope -- not a bus ride.

This proves that you don't have to ride a bus to Boise when we are in your league. Going to be a pretty big change when the B.W. crews have to go thru the Air Port Security traveling to Hawaii and Boise. Lots differant than just stepping on a bus for a couple hours ride.

Welcome Big West

Good basketball in the Big West,and Our program can continue to grow.What was the alternative?

lateral move

With SDSU and Hawaii in the conference it feels like a lateral move.

What else could they do?

The MWC pretty much screwed BSU over from the start, might as well return the favor.

It is what it is, it's the evolution of BSU Football

BSU Football has always been on the move and probably always will be on the move

Not a lateral move

While I'm glad the soap opera is over and everyone can actually start to think about games again, this is in no way a lateral move. The MWC will have UNLV, New Mexico, Utah State, Nevada, etc. in basketball. They will remain a top-10 basketball conference.

The Big West will have...San Diego State, maybe Long Beach State stays good. The conference had an RPI in the 20s last year. Don't know if one good team changes that much.

Still better than what is left of the WAC and the best remaining alternative. Actually on this side of the Rockies is also nice. Big West and Big East members. hmmmm.

Will be curious how long

Will be curious how long UNLV will be in the MTW, the Big East needs to add a 14th, UNLV could be that team. They are not good but they bring TV's and a western school plus the Big West would love to have Vegas back in their conference.

WHY do they need a 14th? Your personal symmetry fetish?

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You fry wants with that?

Conferences Do Have Symmetry Fetishes

The new Big East commish has already stated he wants to see a 14th.

Bye weeks are a pain to manage in even-numbered conferences. More painful here.

Great news

Thank you Dr. Kustra and Mark Coyle for your tireless leadership to make both the Big West and Big East happen for the Broncos. Well done!

Yep, but don't forget about Apsey and the countless others

at BSU who played a role in making all of this happen. Thanks should also go out to the Big East and Big West people for working with us as well.

2 thumbs up.........

Looove this move to both conferences. Great job and its not a downward move for our basketball program. We had some very good attendance numbers when we was in Big West before and if we get few Big East games threw in it will help. Think it will also help our Cal basketball recruiting like we used to have.
Great news I think and great job by BSU officals.

I've been looking up

the Big West schools online and where they are located. Most of them are in southern california within the L.A. area, with the exception of UC-Davis(Chris Petersen's alma mater) in the Sacramento area. I think(at least from a hoops fan's point of view) these areas appear to be much more attractive than the likes of Logan, Utah; Albuquerque, NM; Las Cruces, NM; Fresno; Reno; Laramie, WY; Fort Collins, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; San Jose, CA; Moscow, ID; and in some cases maybe more attractive than Vegas since Vegas is practically the worst place to find a job nowadays. Having San Diego State joining helps us stay with another attractive area as well. I would be more inspired to travel in the winter time to these kinds of places than in the WAC/WAC 2.0.

In fact,

in my view, Santa Barbara seems to be the most attractive area.

Kudos to Dr. Kustra and the Boise State staff

who helped make this happen. And thanks to the nBE for also pitching in with $ and help. Also, from the beginning there was a lot of help from SDSU to get us in even at the hint that they might not join without us.

As for the naysayers who compare the Big West with the WAC, they are comparing a WAC that would no longer have many of those same teams such as Nevada, USU and Fresno that accounted for those numbers. The new Big West will have #40 ranked SDSU, #51 Long Beach State, #119 Santa Barbara, and Boise ranked #158, just ahead of both Cal State Fullerton #159, Cal Poly #190 and our old pal Hawaii at #193. That is not bad company to be associated with.

Good point

I think it will actually be more beneficial than people around here may realize.

LOL @ bragging about teams that are ranked #50-120

That's pathetic. Get some perspective, you homer. Ha ha.

some-guy

How are the Irish looking this year? What did you think of Mike golic's comments?

Some guy is a Domer?

He told me he was a proud Idaho Vandal.

Can you be both?

maybe he is a vandal

I get him and idbound mixed up, they often give similar rants.

one of them is a domer

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Umm some_guy

You do realize that there some 360 D1 basketball programs.......

Being in the top third ain't that bad....

Just sayin.....

Who IS Just Sayin now?

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You fry wants with that?