Report: Boise State rethinking future?
Boise State, one of college football’s winningest programs in recent years, appears to be rethinking its planned move from the Mountain West Conference (MWC) to the Big East, CBS Sports reported.
University officials reportedly met this week with MWC representatives, who were intent on convincing the Broncos to remain in the league and scrap a football-only move to the Big East in 2013.
The school has not officially withdrawn from the MWC and a statement to CBS Sports appeared to indicate Boise State is still debating its options.
"We are actively monitoring the changing landscape in college athletics and remain committed to making the best long-term decisions for Boise State," a spokesman said.
Boise State has already signed a contract to join the Big East in 2013, and would owe $5 million to the conference if it decides to remain in the MWC.
Big East football is also scheduled to add San Diego State, Central Florida, SMU, Houston and Memphis in 2013. All of those schools have told their respective conferences that they are departing.
One of the main issues for Boise State, which has gone 50-3 the last four years, is whether the Big East will have automatic-qualifier status when the new BCS system goes into effect in 2014.
The Big East winner currently receives a berth in a BCS bowl, while the MWC winner does not.
The Big East still must also negotiate a new television rights deal, with talks slated to begin Sept. 1.
Big East interim commissioner Joe Bailey, who was named to the post Monday when John Marinatto resigned, said his "sense" is that there remains a "full commitment" from Boise State to join the league.