Boise State Football: MWC Reportedly Trying To Sway Broncos from Big East

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2012

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 22:  Head Coach Chris Petersen of the Boise State Broncos shakes hands with Nick Alexander #81 before the game against the Air Force Falcons at Bronco Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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As conference realignment dominated college football over the last year or so, the Boise State Broncos were supposed to be making their way to the Big East soon, but now it appears that might not happen. 

According to, a source with knowledge stated that representatives from the Mountain West Conference are attempting to persuade the Broncos into staying. 

Boise State is set to join the Big East in 2013, but it hasn't officially told the MWC it will withdraw from the league. 

When asked about the meeting with the MWC and why the Broncos haven't informed the MWC they're withdrawing, a Boise State spokesman told they want to do what's best for the program. 

"We are actively monitoring the changing landscape in college athletics and remain committed to making the best long-term decisions for Boise State." 

The Broncos have until June 30 to let the MWC know if they will be formally withdrawing from the conference, but since they have yet to do so, members of the Mountain West are wise to try and keep Boise State from leaving. 

After all, the Broncos have emerged as a true threat in the college football world, although they will be going through some big changes this coming season. 

If they choose to stay and become another team to spurn the Big East, the Broncos will have to pay up. The report breaks down the payout nicely. 

The Broncos have signed a contract to join the Big East so they would have to pay a $5 million exit fee if they did not join the Big East before July 1, 2013. If the Broncos leave the Big East on or after July 1, 2013, they must provide 27 months notice and pay a $10 million exit fee.

The MWC might offer to help pay the exit fee, but there's no way of knowing that just yet. This is a very intriguing story at the moment, especially considering how much of a transformation college football will soon be going through. 

College football is headed for drastic changes over the next few years, and it was believed that Boise State would finally be in one of the "big boy" conferences, so to speak. 

With a playoff likely to form in the next couple years, being in a power conference won't be needed to play for the championship. Everything is still being worked out, but as long as your team wins its conference and is ranked high then it should be in an OK position to compete for the title.

There's no telling what the Broncos will do in the coming months, but it's definitely interesting that they met with the MWC and still haven't made the move to the Big East entirely official. 

Stay tuned with Bleacher Report and our college football coverage as we update you with the latest news when it comes. 


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