This Saturday is like any other summer Saturday for most of us. However, what makes this coming Saturday so important for the Big East is that it is the deadline for Boise State to withdraw from the Mountain West Conference, per ESPN.com. If Boise State knows what is best, they will stay put for the time being.
By staying in the MWC, it does not mean that the Broncos will not be able to become active members of the Big East by the start of the 2013 season. Instead, it just buys Boise State a little more time to assess the ever-changing college football landscape. With the potential for major changes comes the growing instability of many conferences. This is concerning for a school like Boise State as they try to find a home for their non-revenue sports.
The options that currently sit in front of the Broncos for the non-revenue sports are the Western Athletic Conference and Big West. According to ESPN.com, Boise State currently has an agreement to house those sports in the WAC. However, the stability of the WAC is currently in question, as only five schools will remain by 2013. To keep the conference at Division I, two more schools will need to be added.
As for the Big West, Boise State has been considered. Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell recently told ESPN.com that the board of directors were open to adding Boise State. However, the Broncos would need help in regards to travel expenses if they became members of the Big West. The Big East could potentially help with these financial issues, but it is still of major concern for Boise State as they consider their options.
If the university lets Saturday pass, the financial penalty will grow from $2.5 million to at least $7.5 million. That's a major chunk of change at the end of the day. Boise State should take a risk with the extra financial penalty as they aim for stability. It may seem steep right off the bat, but if the university moves too quickly into a position that will not be beneficial for all sports, it could end up costing them much more.
Plus, if Boise State plays their cards right, they could be in a much better financial situation with the Big East. As long as the non-revenue sports can find a good home, it could really be a positive move for the Broncos.
Allowing time for the college football landscape to shape out is not a bad thing for Boise State to do. It may end up costing more right up front, but it will be better for the university in the long run. So let Saturday pass, Broncos. Better options are ahead for all of your sports.
At least that's the bet I'm willing to take.