Boise State focused on the present, not future
As their president ponders where they’ll end up when the
conference realignment dust settles, No. 5 Boise State has one goal
in mind: storming through its inaugural season in the Mountain West
Conference and securing another BCS bowl berth.
The Broncos took a big first step Saturday, routing Colorado
State 63-13 in their MWC debut Saturday when they set a school
record with 742 yards of offense thanks to seven touchdown drives
that took less than two minutes.
Even before kickoff of their inaugural league game, however,
there were rumblings the Broncos, who left the Western Athletic
Conference after a decade of dominance, would be bolting again –
this time to a reconfigured Big East. That conference could issue
them a football-only invitation as soon as next week.
The Broncos would need reassurances of the Big East’s long-term
health and they’d be particularly interested in marquee member West
Boise State president Robert Kustra told The Associated Press
the school’s best option might be staying in the Mountain West,
which is joining forces with Conference USA to secure a solid
future in the rapidly changing college football landscape. But
Kustra stressed that his top priority is to get the Broncos as
close as possible to an automatic qualifying status in the BCS, so
he’s keeping all his options open.
“We are not on any kind of urgent timetable,” Kustra said. “We
really enjoy where we are and it’s important for us to take
advantage of the rest of this season. I mean, let’s face it, if we
take care of the rest of this season, we’re going to a postseason
bowl, a BCS bowl. And that’s not exactly too shabby an existence in
the year 2011.
“And we’re going to do everything we can to capitalize on that.
But in the meantime, if we look down the road beyond 2011 and
toward 2013, we’d like to be affiliated with an AQ conference, and
with that as our objective, we have to keep these options on the
Coach Chris Petersen said none of this talk is distracting his
players or staff.
“Not even the slightest. Not even kind of,” Petersen insisted.
“The guys that are going to make the decision are going to make a
great decision for Boise State. We have 100 percent confidence in
that. And that’s why it doesn’t distract us in the slightest. We’re
just playing this season.”
“We don’t talk about it,” quarterback Kellen Moore said of the
Big East rumors. “We don’t care about it.”
Because, he said, the Broncos have their sights set squarely on
mastering the Mountain West, and next week they host Air Force,
when he can tie Colt McCoy’s NCAA record of 45 wins by a starting
If the Big East invites them, the Broncos aren’t going to just
jump at the offer.
“It’s tough to lay out the timetable. I have a board that I
report to so I’d have to go to my board,” Kustra said. “We’d have
to have many discussions with our staff, with the athletic
director, with the coaches, it’s a process that’s going to … that
would take a little bit of time, and I don’t think it’s anything
that we can do overnight.”
The Broncos also would have to find another home for their other
sports because Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said
Friday that Boise State is either all in or all out.
“That’s another reason why it’s not going to happen overnight,”
As the belle of the ball, the Broncos could sit tight and keep
their options open – they might eventually get invited to an even
more enticing league.
“We can only hope for bigger and better things,” wide receiver
Tyler Shoemaker said, “but right now we’re in our conference and
we’re going to do our best.”
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