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In many people's eyes, the Broncos were the best thing that ever happened to Idaho. This little sandlot of a state was now on the big screen, in the big time. Bronco pride and fever ran deep, and so did sales of tickets, paraphernalia and other goodies.

The giddiness was not lost on the BSU administration. Eyeing the big paydays of the New York area television market, the Broncos were set to leave the Mountain West Conference and join the much more lucrative Big East, after this season.

And to those who said that the miracle finish in 2007 when Boise state beat Oklahoma was a Cinderalla story -- a one hit wonder -- the team went on to rattle off multiple championship and bowl victory seasons in the following years. They compiled some of the best winning statistics in all of college football.

But the big dance may finally be over; for now, at least.

Boise State's future of playing football in the Big East could be in severe jeopardy. Today, the seven basketball-playing Catholic colleges of the Big East announced their decision to leave the league, according to the USA Today.

Marquette, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, Georgetown, Providence and DePaul have made the decision to defect from the league based on the football moves the Big East has made.

Jeff Landers, Sports Director of LocalNews 8 is reporting that the league could be dissolved.

According to, the conference still doesn't have a television contract, which is only estimated between $60 million and $80 million with the basketball schools as a part of the package. ESPN is reporting the value could drop 15 or 20-percent with the loss of the seven schools.

That would affect BSU's television revenue as a football-only member of the Big East.

And here's a fascinating take from a blogger on D.F. Oliveria's Huckleberries:

Sometimes when you’re chasing dollars and swing for homeruns you strike out. Same applies to (University of Idaho); independence chasing dollars by staying in WAC as long as possible to maximize their share of the payout the defecting schools owe the WAC and body game bag payouts.

BSU chasing the higher dollar TV contract they thought was inevitable by going to the Big East. Tough spin job for (Boise State President Bob) Kustra on this one.

Money hungriness. Win at all costs. Bigger is better. The trend can be deadly. But is it reversible?

A Local 8 commenter wrote:

Boise is not in a tough spot. They just stay in the open arms of the Mountain West and forget this ever happened. It was a colossal blunder than can still be undone, remarkably easily. No court in the world would hold them liable for any breach of contract with the Big East as it is about to be constituted.
I hope they do.

Did Boise State Make a drastic mistake with the Big East?

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  •  Boise and TCU should have both (2+ / 0-)
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    The Book Bear, chopperjc

    stayed in the Mountain West.  

    Expose the lies. Fight for the truth. Push progressive politics. Save our planet. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

    by lighttheway on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:41:37 PM PST

    •  Does the Mountain West have a revenue-generating.. (0+ / 0-)

      ..TV contract?

      As local and state government cut back on funding, school's are looking for TV money.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

      by PatriciaVa on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:40:28 PM PST

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  •  As a long time (3+ / 0-)
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    PatriciaVa, The Book Bear, Utahrd

    BSU fan I always thought the Big East was a mistake. I understood about getting screwed in the BCS made for frustration. I also understand economics. Boise football broke even this year. So the little school that built a program over years was looking to get paid for its efforts. For those who do not know Boise beating OK was not a fluke but a cumination of many years in building a quality program. From there they continued an upward trend but also having problems scheduling big schools who did not want to play them.

    Boise will go back to the mountain west and with the big east going by way of the southwest conference maybe the NCAA will recognize the conference with an automatic bid. This would also help with possible inclusion in the upcoming playoffs but I would not expect that until it expands to eight which it will eventually.

    Go Boise and please stay in the MWC realize the mistake and fix it before it is too late.

    So how did a person who lives in FL become a Boise fan? Long story but short version is they cover spreads with regularity :).

  •  A sore subject, perhaps (1+ / 0-)
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    Boise State should work with BYU.

    They can pick 6 or 8 Fresno States, Utah States or San Diego States and create their own conference.

    •  BYU sees itself as the western Notre Dame (0+ / 0-)

      And who would watch such a conference?

      In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

      by boriscleto on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 07:26:10 PM PST

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      •  The old Mountain West made some money (0+ / 0-)

        As it is now, BYU is playing New Mexico State in November in front of smaller crowds than a bad Major League Soccer team.

        BYU & Boise State should get the WAC/Mountain West back together.  BYU & Boise State could be rivals.

        San Diego State
        Fresno State
        New Mexico
        Utah State (OK, this is a stretch, but I love the gutty little Aggies)
        Colorado State
        San Jose State
        Air Force (?) (are they going to another conference?)
        UNLV (UNLV and BYU would be great rivals in basketball.)
        Boise State

        There.  The Return Of The WAC has enough for a football playoff.

  •  The Big East was toast when Syracuse (0+ / 0-)

    decided to leave. S.U. didn't have much choice. It was either stay and be the big dog in a suddenly stinky conference or join a better conference as a much smaller dog. They chose the latter, leaving the Big East in shambles, and leaving the Catholic schools with little choice but to leave as well. Many of us saw this coming a year or two ago, knowing it was just a matter of time.

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