The rumors have swirled about the diminished stature of the Big East with some more key defections and those rumors have included fallout in the Boise State Broncos football camp.
The Broncos, currently scheduled to join the Big East in football for the 2013 season, have—according to some reports—been chatting with the Mountain West about reneging on that plan and remaining in the Mountain West. Why? A meeting of BCS commissioners resulted in the MWC, Big East, Conference USA, Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences sharing equal billing when it comes to a BCS bowl berth.
What that translates out to is that any advantage that Boise State may have gleaned from jumping to the Big East has been removed.
Add to the mix that Rutgers has decided to leave the Big East for the Big Ten and Maryland is leaving the ACC to join the Big Ten. With the vacancy in the ACC, it is expected that either UConn or Louisville will jump in to fill the void.
With Rutgers leaving and if Louisville leaves, that essentially makes the Big East a very average football conference.
Given all that, should Boise State now leave the MWC for the Big East?
Boise State president Bob Kustra says the Broncos are committed to the Big East and intend to go.
Let’s look at reasons for staying in the Mountain West, or leaving for the Big East.