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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.” 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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