Saturday, October 15, 2011
Boise State has no Big East invite
By Andrea Adelson
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Boise State president Bob Kustra said Saturday his school has not received an inviation from the Big East, and has only had informational discussions with league officials.
Shortly before the Broncos played their first Mountain West game against Colorado State, Kustra addressed numerous reports that his school was a Big East target.
"They have to figure out what they're going to do and from what I read, they really haven't made those decisions yet so whenever that day comes, if in fact it would mean anything for our program, then would come the due diligence on our part," Kustra said. "But it's way premature since I have no indication of what they're up to and what their next steps are."
The Big East is down to six football playing members, and has said it would aggressively pursue new schools to add. Boise State, Air Force and Navy have been mentioned as football-only candidates, and UCF, Houston and SMU as all-sports candidates. But when asked whether the Big East had pressed Boise State for a decision, Kustra said, "I think they've talked to people. I wouldn’t say they have aggressively pursued Boise State in terms of asking us to respond to an invite because clearly the commissioner has not done that. I can vouch for that, and he can vouch for that."
Still, Kustra said he is keeping all his options open, especially if it means joining a conference that has an automatic qualifying spot.
"If the day ever comes that will certainly factor in," Kustra said. "We will take that very seriously. We will consider that up against where we are, up against any other opportunities there might be. All options must remain on the table for Boise State University. In the meantime, this is a great place for Boise State to be in the Mountain West Conference. We're going to enjoy every minute of it."