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Boise State to remain in Mountain West Conference

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 11:24 a.m. HST, Dec 31, 2012

Boise State will remain in the Mountain West Conference in all sports, the school and conference jointly announced today.

The Broncos had been scheduled to move to the Big East in football in 2013 and the Big West in most other sports in 2013-'14.

The MWC will have 11 members for football in 2013.

Commissioner Craig Thompson said the conference is having discussions about expanding to 12.

There was no immediate announcement about the status of San Diego State, which was to have followed Boise State to the Big East.

“We are very pleased today to announce Boise State University’s continuing membership in the Mountain West Conference,” said Commissioner Craig Thompson. “Maintaining the Broncos program as part of the already solid foundation we have established creates a posture of great stability for the Mountain West going forward.  It also enhances the Conference’s competitive and marketplace platforms, positioning us favorably in the evolving FBS landscape.”

CBSsports.com reported Boise State will pay $10 million to get out of its contract with the Big East. 

A Big West official said Boise State acknowledged it "was aware of its obligations" for exiting the Big West.

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TheKagawas wrote:
NCAA should force Boise State to change their field color to the more conventional green. I can't stand watching games played on the smurf-turf!
on December 31,2012 | 10:12AM
gth wrote:
What about the UH in all Mountain West sports??????
on December 31,2012 | 10:30AM
bigislandkurt wrote:
UH actually probably better off with the other sports in the Big West. We get our share of the MW football TV revenue and still save money by having our other sports traveling only to California.
on December 31,2012 | 12:01PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
on December 31,2012 | 01:37PM
MKN wrote:
That probably won't happen because of the costs to travel to Hawaii. At least UH will be able to save money since all of their other sports are in the Big West. :P
on December 31,2012 | 10:42AM
allie wrote:
It is a very weak league but I am glad Boise State will stay in. We need one credible team
on December 31,2012 | 01:17PM
kk808 wrote:
I wonder how long before San Diego State and BYU decide to return to the Mountain West?
on December 31,2012 | 11:14AM
oxtail01 wrote:
SDS now has no reason to go East. BYU probably will not because they have their own Mormon TV package and won't want to share their wealth (typical Mormons) unless their football program continues to weaken which is highly likely..
on December 31,2012 | 05:08PM
HawaiiMongoose wrote:
Fantastic news for UH football. This will stabilize the MWC and ensure the Warriors can continue playing in a relevant, competitive FBS conference. No more worries about being left on the outside looking in. Happy New Year!
on December 31,2012 | 11:28AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So funny, Boise football believing they were above MWC......barely got by Washington in their bowl.
on December 31,2012 | 12:14PM
KonaWarrior wrote:
What needs to be mentioned is that it appears as thought BSU was granted the rights to negotiate their own TV deal for home games, something the Big East didn't budge on. Not sure how this will sit with the other MWC members and if BYU may want the same type of deal if they are asked to return. Stay tuned.
on December 31,2012 | 12:31PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Until the NCAA makes Boise St. to have a green colored field, I disregard them.
on December 31,2012 | 12:52PM
Vitz wrote:
Pe hea Mai oe Boise?
on December 31,2012 | 01:09PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Boise staying cause the big east is falling apart! also after next year the Big east will not have a automatic bid to the bcs.
on December 31,2012 | 01:12PM
64hoo wrote:
maybe the mountain west will become a BCS conference and they can turn the cotten bowl into a BCS bowl that will gice 5 bowls in the BCS.
on December 31,2012 | 04:55PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
I'm no expert but I'll throw my two cents anyway... Despite having Boise State to remain in the conference therefore solidifying the memberships and stability of the conference, I don't think it's enough for BYU... Therefore MWC should add Houston if not San Diego State, due to their TV market size... These would increase the revenue even more which should result to convincing SDSU to stay in the conference... Domino effect for BYU membership to MWC... 15th and 16th member should be SMU (Dallas TV market) and though they're just a young team UTSA would be a better fit because it's the only football team in San Antonio which has a huge TV market.
on December 31,2012 | 01:58PM
jcole wrote:
Our guys and gals, that is UH officials, are looking a little wiser these days.
on December 31,2012 | 02:05PM
Anonymous wrote:
Hopefully they can add BYU back. That will make the MWC stronger down the line. Though it will be a while before UH is able to compete and be considered on of the best in the conference...
on December 31,2012 | 02:12PM
ski3779 wrote:
This is fantastic news for Wahine Volleyball, and Men's Basketball.
on December 31,2012 | 03:08PM
oxtail01 wrote:
They're NOT in MWC. Only football.
on December 31,2012 | 05:05PM
Tipops wrote:
Glad to see Boise decided to stay in the MWC, but will not do anything for UH if we become just another one of the doormat teams in football. Wish I had more confidence in Chow, but honestly I don't believe he is a good fit here. He appeared so confused and helpless to turn the tide on this season that I believe he is not the messiah we were led to believe he was. Time will tell. First season in in the dumper what's in our future?
on December 31,2012 | 06:19PM
808warriorfan wrote:
C'mon BYU and SDSU...come to your senses and get back to the MWC.....
on December 31,2012 | 06:51PM
krusha wrote:
SDSU definitely wants back in, but the question is will the MWC take them back? I heard the MWC is weighing their many options first before deciding on letting them back in.
on December 31,2012 | 07:18PM
nomakeshame wrote:
The issue with SDSU was their admin thought because they were chosen for the Big East along with Boise, that they were better than the MWC and in some circles have publicly stated that opinion. As mentioned, SDSU may come back to the MWC with stipulations, one of which may be as only a member for football, which would leave them paying travel subsidies if they kept their Olympic teams in the Big West. One would think that the MWC conference is playing tit for tat with the Big East as the Big East seems intent on breaking up the MWC by continually trying to entice members to the Big East conference and the MWC is rumored to be going after the teams from C-USA that the Big East had previously invited.
on December 31,2012 | 08:01PM