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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Boise State will remain in MWC for 2012

By Andrea Adelson

Boise State will remain in the Mountain West for the 2012 season, turning down an opportunity to join the Big East a year earlier than anticipated.

The Big East had approached the school about joining for the 2012 season as a way to help fill the void left by the departure of West Virginia to the Big 12. That would have meant moving Boise State's other sports into the WAC a year earlier than anticipated as well. The moves would have cost in excess of $10 million to make, something Boise State simply was unwilling to do. The school announced its decision Wednesday with a statement.

Boise State remains on course to join the Big East in 2013 for football only.

“While we have had several discussions with the Big East and the WAC in moving our sports into those two leagues a year earlier than previously stated, the University feels there were too many obstacles to overcome to make the move at this time,” Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra said in a statement. “While there certainly would have been advantages in making the move a year early, it became clear that it would not be fiscally responsible, as all of the expenses associated with early entry into the two conferences would not be covered.”

With Boise State no longer an option, the Big East has set its sights on Temple.