Friday, May 18, 2012
Official: Boise State firm on Big East
ESPN.com news services
Boise State, which has been in recent talks with the Mountain West Conference about staying in the league instead of leaving next year,
has reaffirmed its commitment to join the Big East, a conference official told ESPN's Joe Schad on Friday.
The Big East desperately needs Boise State and San Diego State in football for 2013 to help its national profile.
The conference also needs two schools to fill the basic need of scheduling for the remaining football members (Louisville, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Rutgers and South Florida) to go along with 2013 all-sport members Memphis, Temple, SMU, Houston and Central Florida.
Navy joins the Big East in football in 2015.
All of the new teams and the current Big East members, except for Syracuse and Pitt, will be in attendance at Big East meetings in Florida this weekend.
The Broncos have to find a new home for the rest of its sports programs after the WAC was nearly gutted by defections to the Mountain West, Sun Belt and Conference USA. The WAC was left with only four remaining members for 2013 -- Denver, Seattle, New Mexico State and Idaho.
Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell said Friday there was no update on a possible Boise State move to the Big West for non-football sports.
Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz was used in this report.