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The Mountain West and Boise State are having ongoing dialogue about the Broncos staying in the conference instead of leaving for the Big East in fall 2013, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Friday night.
The source said the focus of the Mountain West is to lure the Broncos back in light of the Big East shakeup that has seen Louisville and Rutgers commit to leave the league for the ACC and the Big Ten, respectively, in 2014, and then the potential devaluing of the conference's television deal with seven Catholic-based non-FBS schools announcing a split as late as June 30, 2015.
There have been no discussions with San Diego State, which is also scheduled to leave the Mountain West in fall 2013, the source said.
The Aztecs and Broncos are scheduled to place the rest of their sports in the Big West. San Diego State worked hard to ensure the Broncos could also join the Aztecs in the Big West since Boise State would join Hawaii as the only non-California schools in the conference.
The Big East, which has a television contract for football in fall 2013, but not the 2013-14 basketball season yet, released a football schedule that included Boise State on Dec. 11.
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