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Friday, August 17, 2012
Broncos' portrait of conference realignment

By Eamonn Brennan

It wasn’t major news and it's not quite finalized yet, but this week, the Boise State Broncos' men’s basketball program found a home.

The Broncos will be playing their men’s hoops in the Big West, Boise State President Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman Wednesday based on “every email” he’s read and “every conversation” he’s had:
“It’s not done in terms of one final vote by the presidents themselves and the only reason that’s not done is try to get 10 presidents together in middle August before school starts. Once school starts, there’ll be a vote,” Kustra said at the dedication of Boise’s Dona Larsen Park, which will house the Broncos’ track and field and softball programs.

“In the meantime, there have been meetings with athletics directors, with faculty athletic representatives. I’ve been working closely with (Big West) Commissioner Dennis Farrell. Every indication we have is positive.”

Why the Big West? Because Boise State is leaving the Mountain West -- you know this already -- thanks to its football program’s departure for the bright lights and big cities of the Big East. Boise State had planned to have its nonfootball sports join the Western Athletic Conference, but with that league’s future uncertain, Boise sought out a more stable situation.

Which is all well and good. It’s just sort of funny. For one, not only is Boise State going to play its football in a league called the Big East and its basketball in a league called the Big West (there’s a Yogi Berra-ism in there somewhere, I just know it). There’s also the remarkable diversification Boise State’s various athletics teams in different conferences. Rush the Court puts nail to head:
When you take into account that Boise State’s football (Big East), wrestling (Pac–12), gymastics (WAC), women’s swimming and diving (Mountain West), and men’s basketball and all other sports (Big West) reside in five different leagues from coast to coast, it really hits home just how ridiculous certain results of conference realignment [have] gotten.

It’s amazing, really, and that’s not to criticize Boise State. The Broncos are just out here trying to live, man. But in case you ever wanted an anecdotal snapshot of the ways conference realignment decisions have twisted some schools’ athletic departments into a pretzel, well, here you go.