Boise State University will join the Big East Conference as a football-only participant, or so it seems. All indications are that this is a done deal, but there are still some details to work out.
The biggest problem right now for the Broncos is where they will take their other sports teams.
The Mountain West said absolutely not, and the Western Athletic Conference is probably going to be raided by the MWC to add teams to replace Boise State and Air Force.
Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson commented to the San Diego Union-Tribune that if BSU and Air Force leave the MWC, San Jose State and Utah State would be targeted.
“Those are two institutions that would definitely be on the radar screen,” Thompson told the newspaper.
With Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii joining the Mountain West next year, and the inclusion of San Jose State and Utah State, there will be almost nothing left of the WAC.
So where does that leave the Broncos' Olympic sports?
The WCC would be a great fit, but with private and religious schools like Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, and BYU being the norm, it doesn't seem likely. Although Boise State was originally an Episcopal school, I don't think past history can help the Broncos enter the promised land of the West Coast Conference.
The best choice for BSU is probably the Big West, which is a bit ironic considering that the Big West is the very conference the Broncos once belonged to in football. In 1996 when BSU made the jump to Division 1A, the Big West was where they debuted.
Needless to say, a few things have changed since that time.
The current members of the Big West are Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Pacific, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Barbara.
Now, some people have said that this would be a step backward for BSU basketball, but that really isn't the case. These schools are at an excellent level for the Broncos to compete for a NCAA tournament birth every year on the men's and women's sides.
With the struggles in recent years in basketball, the Big West might be what the doctor ordered. Dr. Kustra that is. BSU would be in the hunt every year for a ticket to the big dance.
Also, I am sure that if the Broncos enter the Big East as a football-only participant, there may be a way to schedule a few games with Big East schools, which are some of the best basketball schools in the nation.
This would give the Broncos time to build the programs, have some success, and cut travel costs all at once.
The other criticism heard is that Boise State should just wait for the Big 12 or the Pac-12 to invite them. Well, reality check people, that isn't going to happen unless Boise State continues to improve its facilities, campus, and academic programs, all of which take money. Lots and lots of money.
Joining the Big East in football allows the Broncos to take the next logical step up. It provides quite a bit more revenue, which in turn will allow BSU to upgrade the stadium, training facilities, academic buildings, and programs.
For those who are blind to all of this, please get some new glasses.
Boise State will need about five to even ten years to get to a level that would allow them to be seriously considered for the Pac-12 or Big 12.
The Big East needs Boise State, but Boise State needs the Big East. The two are pulled together in a partnership that no one saw coming, and distance couldn't keep them apart.
Good for you Boise State, way to take the next logical step in the amazing upward climb that is your history and your destiny.
Leave all those naysayers, doubters, and old-fashioned haters in your wake.
Upward and onward, into the blue.