Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco was in town for Boise State's homecoming game versus UNLV Saturday. During halftime, he took some time to answer questions from the local media.
In a Youtube video posted by KBOI-TV, Aresco lays out the immediate goals of the now nationally-based football conference. His answers were surprisingly transparent and straight-forward.
Not that they shouldn't be, but in this day and age of holding cards close to the vest, Aresco's style is refreshing and should be encouraging for Boise State fans.
Aresco made it clear that the Big East will be searching for a 14th team to add to the conference. A western team would be ideal, and with the access the Big East will have to one of the premiere new bowl games and the expected lucrative television contract, another run at BYU might be a reality.
BYU said no thank you last year, and according to an Associated Press story via ESPN, the deal-breaker came in the way of home-game television rights.
However, with the Big East on the verge of an excellent new television contract, things might have changed. Perhaps Aresco and the rest of the Big East members could work something out with BYU and land the Cougars as a football-only member.
According to a New York Daily News article by Dick Weiss, the kind of money football-only members of the Big East could expect might be as much as $10 million each per year. Weiss points out that NBC may be the network willing to dish out that kind of payout.
If it is true, money alone won't convince BYU, and neither will access to the new lucrative bowl system. However, a combination of those two items along with a compromise on at least some home games and re-broadcasts rights might be enough to convince BYU to partner with the conference.
If that were to happen, it would accomplish three things for the Big East.
First, it would provide another western team that makes geographical sense. Second, it would renew rivalries with Boise State and San Diego State as conference foes. Lastly, it would add another quality football program to the conference.
During his interview session, Mike Aresco gave Boise State some serious compliments. He praised the school, its president, the friendly people of Idaho and the game-day atmosphere at Bronco Stadium.
Aresco seemed to genuinely enjoy his experience in the Treasure Valley, and noted that the conference is just as excited to have the Broncos as a new member next season as Boise State and its fans seem to be excited to be joining the Big East.
That is quite a bit different than what the Broncos have experienced in their current conference.
All of Bronco Nation should be excited about this season and what their team has done after replacing 15 starters. However, the fans should be equally excited about the future and the move to the Big East next season.
One thing that will be certain. The Broncos will be wearing blue on blue for conference home games. That is, unless they choose to wear all black.
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