Posted November 20, 2012

Report: Boise State, San Diego State, BYU may return to Mountain West

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Boise State — along with two other teams — have reportedly discussed re-entering the Mountain West Conference. (Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

Three former Mountain West Conference schools have all entered into discussions with the conference about possibly returning to the league, ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy reported Monday.

Boise State, San Diego State and BYU — which have all taken steps to leave the conference in the past two years — are the teams that have inquired about returning, according to the report.

The inquiries follow a decision last week that awards an automatic major bowl berth to the highest-ranked team of the so-called “Group of Five” conferences — the Big East, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt. That means both the Mountain West and Big East are on an equal playing field for a major bowl berth.

It also follows a hectic day of conference realignment that left the Big East potentially short two of its premier football teams. Rutgers is expected to announce a move to the Big Ten on Tuesday, and UConn could also announce a shift to the ACC on Tuesday.

Because the Big East has now lost six teams in the last year alone, McMurphy reports that Boise State and San Diego State may be reconsidering their options:

With the Big East losing two more schools and having the same playoff access as the Mountain West, Boise State and San Diego State are reconsidering their options. One of the main reasons both schools opted to join the Big East was the draw of more television revenue.

The move would be attractive for BYU because the school currently has independent status. Joining the so-called “Group of Five” would make it easier for the school to earn a major bowl berth. However, McMurphy reports that it would need to be exempted from its contract with ESPN, which runs through 2018.


12 comments
fracro3
fracro3

Put Notre Dame in the Big East and SMU, BYU and Houston in the Big 12.

Abeille
Abeille

No way. It'll never happen. The reason BYU left the Mountain West in the first place dealt with Television access. It was constantly denied. Yes, TheMtn network has gone the way of the Dodo, but the current Mountain West contract would not allow BYU to televise its games in the same manner they currently enjoy. Any BYU fan throughout the Nation that has Cable or Satellite can watch BYU play EVERY GAME - that's right, every single game! If ESPN doesn't televise it, BYU has the right to televise it on BYUtv. For those of us on the outside, it appeared that Craig Thompson did nothing to ameliorate the situation with the TV contract. In fact, it appeared he did quite the opposite. So why on earth would BYU be interested in returning to the Mountain West? Because of the improved competition? LOL! SDSU says they're committed to playing in the Big East. I believe them. President Samuelson (BYU) says he hasn't spoken to the Mountain West. I believe him. I don't know about Boise State, but I doubt they've had any conversation with the Mountain West. Sounds more like a dream Commissioner Thompson had and believed it was really happening. Might I be the first to call this article 'BALONEY'!

MARK7
MARK7

I always thought this would take place. It just does not make any sense for SDSU to play in the Big East in Football and the Big West in Basketball.. taking on the likes of UC Irvine and Riverside after Steve Fisher spent all that time building up their basketball program, just to see it fall into obscurity was a really a bitter pill to swallow. I hope this is true, and that it applies to all sports, not just football. 

RandallAllen
RandallAllen

The Big East should go back to being a basketball conference that is/was its strength and, in this day of fluid conference alignments, a conference should go with its strengths. Obviously, money is driving all these shifts but I think Maryland will become irrelevant by moving to the Big Ten.  But, it's all about the money.  I like the fact that Boise & SDSU are reconsidering their moves to the Big East, especially now that the Big East is in the "Group Of Five," on the same level as the Mountain West. I don't see this conference shifting ending anytime soon.

KurtSteiner
KurtSteiner

I was going to say this is becoming ridiculous, but it's so far beyond that point.    It's so much about the dollars now that I find myself caring less and less.    I think I'm truly ready for minor league football.    Colleges shouldn't be in this mega-billion business anymore.

DougBeers
DougBeers

BSU and BYU may as welll just apply now to the PAC-12 and get it over with.  They both know where this is going.

georgekaplan101
georgekaplan101

this is really getting crazy. I am glad Notre Dame is getting as far as possible from the Big East. What a mess.

Mike22
Mike22

 @DougBeers 

There is zero chance of those schools going to the Pac12, which only will accept "advanced research institutions" (meaning schools with solid Ph.D. programs and well-respected research abilities).  BYU has a great undergrad curriculum but admits they don't have enough of the graduate programs that other schools have (such as Utah and Colorado).

 

Also, BYU would never be admitted for two other reasons: they won't play any sports on Sundays (and a lot of sports have Sunday games) and, more importantly, the more liberal West Coast schools don't want BYU anywhere near them. 

 

BSU is a one-trick pony - football - and they're starting to lose that shine; if Peterson leaves, they'll become another WAC-quality team.  The better conferences won't take a chance on them.  I can see BYU maybe going to the Big XII, though.  That would be their best option going forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JeremiahHabecker
JeremiahHabecker

 @Mike22  @DougBeers BSU was a consistently ranked team before Petersen showed up. They have a 386-147-2 record (.723). Two national championship (albeit one JC and one FCS). The Broncos have always had good coaches and Petersen finds and develops great coaches. All of his assistants that have moved on to the "big boys" are doing well. BSU will do just fine when he finally moves on.