Thursday, February 23, 2012
Should the Big East have helped Boise?
By Andrea Adelson
Now that Boise State has decided to stay in the Mountain West for one more season, the logical question to ask is whether the Big East should have done more to get the Broncos into the conference for the 2012 season.
It is clear that the Big East was either unwilling or unable to help Boise State defray some of the costs of making the move into the Big East a year early.
The tab would have been more than $10 million to exit the Mountain West, and enter the WAC in all other sports for 2012. Boise State president 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.”
The Big East, of course, has a hole in its 2012 schedule AND $20 million from West Virginia. Bringing in the Broncos seemed to be the first and best option, because they could easily take West Virginia's spot and add some national buzz. But discussions broke down, over money, no doubt.
So now Temple has become Option No. 2. Temple seems to do little but plug the West Virginia gap and improve basketball. Perhaps adding the Owls has always been in the long-term plans, and the West Virginia situation is a convenient way to bring them back in without having to spend heavily to get Boise State a year early.
But if Temple was always part of the plan, then why even try to get Boise State in a year early? The Big East could easily have started discussions with the Owls while leaving Boise State alone.
Remember, it was the Big East that approached Boise State about joining a year early, not the other way around. Boise State made the right call in this case. No way do the Broncos need to spend precious resources to enter a year early. The only way it would make sense for them to jump is if they got financial help. They did not.
It all makes you wonder whether the Big East should have done more.