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BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 4:53 pm
Brigham Young is in discussions with the Big East about joining the league, while sources told that San Diego State also is seeking membership in the Big East.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters Monday that BYU had been “approached” by the Big East.

On Oct. 25, reported that the Western contingent of possible future Big East members was making a push to add BYU

“There is a push,” Mendenhall said Monday. “And there are conversations that are in place for the Big East to convince or to have BYU join that conference. I trust our athletic director (Tom Holmoe) and President (Cecil) Samuelson to deal with all that.”

With the upcoming departures of TCU and West Virginia to the Big 12 and Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, the Big East will need seven schools to get to a 12-member football league by 2014.

Last week, reported that the Big East's presidents and chancellors gave Commissioner John Marinatto authorization to extend invitations to Boise State, UCF, Houston, SMU, Navy and Air Force. Boise State, UCF, Houston and SMU will join the league together as a group, sources told, once Boise State finds a conference home for its Olympic sports.

Sources told that all six schools are committed to joining the Big East. However, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that Air Force remains undecided. If Air Force stays in the Mountain West, the Big East would need two schools – presumably BYU and another school.

That’s where San Diego State comes into play. The Aztecs weren’t shy about their interest in joining the Big 12 and now have turned their attention to the Big East.

Despite the obvious geography and travel concerns, the biggest reason for San Diego State’s interest in the Big East is to be a part of an automatic qualifying BCS league. The Big East is guaranteed its BCS status through the 2013 season with a new BCS cycle beginning in 2014.

“Certainly there are a lot of questions on our part, but with the landscape changing the main benefit that I could see on a short term scale would be inclusion into the BCS system,” Mendenhall said about BYU. “That’s up in two years. Again whether the Big East is able hold that spot with the new teams coming in? My guess would be yes.”

San Diego State feels the same way. Despite the great distance to the Eastern league members (Cincinnati, UConn, South Florida, Navy, Rutgers, UCF), San Diego State would prefer an all-sports membership – or at least in football and men’s basketball – sources said. They also would be receptive to a football-only membership and could be in a Western division featuring Boise State, Houston, SMU, BYU and Louisville.

San Diego State leads the Mountain West in football attendance this season (38,802) and since 2010, the Aztecs have won a combined 48 games in football and men's basketball, the nation’s highest total.  San Diego State men's basketball team also has won 20 or more games and advanced to postseason play in six consecutive seasons, including back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.

San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk declined comment to, but recently told the San Diego Union-Tribune: “The best-scenario is that we’re in a league with an automatic qualifier, an enhanced television package and we’re generating revenues to run all our programs. That’s the No. 1 goal, whether that’s with the Mountain West, Big East, or Big 12.”

Last week, Boise State president Bob Kustra received authorization from the state of Idaho’s Board of Education to join the Big East as a football-only member. The Broncos still must find a conference home for their Olympic sports before making the move.

Kustra told the board that Boise State has made it “very clear” to the Big East “we would go in with a western partner.”

That could be Air Force, BYU or San Diego State – or two of those three schools.

Mendenhall said he did not know how quickly BYU would make a decision about the Big East. The Cougars are playing in their first season as a football independent after leaving the Mountain West Conference.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big East, BYU

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:49 pm

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

The only thing San Diego State is east of is tha Pacific.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:31 pm

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

SDSU would be football only.  Even though I think the Big East for BBall would be great all around in terms of another good BBall team in the program, the travel costs for BBall would be horrendous and they couldn't just do Football and BBall in the Big East and the rest of the sports in a non-football conference.  The other sports would drive them broke between lack of general revenue and travel costs in the Big East.  So SDSU would be football only. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:29 pm

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

San Diego State an all sports member? Hopefully the Big East is smart enough to say no or San Diego State comes to its senses. Does San Diego State really want to travel to Seton Hall, St. John's, and Marquette in the middle of winter? Who would want to play for San Diego State in any sport other than football if they join the Big East? Think about how much they would be traveling.

Then again, at least San Diego State has a basketball team unlike SMU.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:34 pm

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

My sources are saying that UNLV and Nevada are joining forces as a package deal to lobby the Big East for acceptance. The Big East has long coveted the Nevada entry so the conference can schedule every and all meetings for league matters in Las Vegas. The presidents of the universities voted overwhelmingly last Saturday to invite the Nevada schools after Michael Corleone gave each and every one of them an offer they simply couldn't refuse.

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:13 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Amen...the BE leadership is a joke all the more reason to be thankful WVU will be gone soon.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:01 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

"I still think your missing the not mad at the fact that WVU will be in the Big 12 im upset with the fact a good conference is goin to crap. Im shocked that BSU is even going!! Is it really that much better than where you are?? What happens to BSU when UCONN, Rutgers, Cincy, and Louisville leave??? I feel sorry for BSU cause they are going to get screwed. Even if they raise the exit fee to 15 million they would pay that to go to ACC or Big 12." 

Don't be shocked, do some research into the money payout of the MWC and BCS revenue distribution, lack of media exposure due to the stupid proprietary network known as the mtn, the kind of mess a payout to 2 different conferences and 21 other teams would generate and you will begin to understand how much better it is even in an unstable BCS conference with the smallest payout of them all.  As for the remaining BE teams, there is a problem, for other than the Big 12 prospects (Louisville and MAYBE cincy) there really isn't any push or desire for the ACC to grab Rutgers and UConn.  I could only see them grabbing them in reaction to the PAC12 or SEC going to 16 teams and who knows if that will ever happen.  The Big 12 is clearly content with 10 for the next season and I don't see them being super-eager to add any other BE teams after the whole mess that WVU and the Big East are in right now over the 27 month exit date.  Not saying that any of these conferences wouldn't add the aforementioned teams in the future, I just see no push to make it happen and if they can add the teams and create the divisions and get a more lucrative media deal that might be enough to keep them around. 

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:03 am

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

The longer you take, the stronger WVU's case gets for that lack of leadership comment Marinatto.. TIC! TOC!

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:32 pm

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

I agree idbowhunter, the ranking that Boise brings is what the BE ultimately covets, my point is that ranking is what will help them retain their BCS bid which means a $20+ million bowl payout.

I3oogieman, I do have a sense of humor, sorry I didn't mean to be so harsh, but that one post looked like you were playing Wheel of Fortune.  I also wish the Big East hadn't been dismantled.  But when you let the basketball schools, (many of which don't field a football program) run the conference the football school's loyalties are going to be tested. 

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:30 pm

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

Nevermind you stay ill go...everyone have a great night. Best of luck to all of your teams and colleges. Im sure it will work out for everyone in the end. They all make money and most play great football.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:17 pm

BYU, San Diego State possibilities for Big East

They must not have any since of humor down in Greenville, NC. It was a joke and id like to say if you dont want to read what I write you can leave. I have every right in this great country of our to type whatever I want!!!

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