The Big Easts interim commissioner wont speculate on Boise States status and the Big West hasnt scheduled any votes as the Broncos deadline to withdraw from the Mountain West approaches.
Weve had many conversations with Boise State and many conversations with others that want to make sure Boise State has their sports situated in a place where they really want their sports to be, Big East Interim Commissioner Joe Bailey told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday. As to what is going to happen, I cant comment because a) I dont know and b) I wont guess.
Boise State is scheduled to join the Big East in football and the WAC in most other sports July 1, 2013. The Broncos must give the Mountain West one years notice or be subject to a financial penalty of about $5 million. Boise State also would owe the Big East $5 million if it does not join the league in 2013.
WAC defections have forced Boise State to look for another home for its non-football sports and the Big West has emerged as the only real contender.
The Big West did not vote on Boise States application for membership during a conference call Tuesday, according to UC-Santa Barbara Athletic Director Mark Massari. Massari told the Santa Barbara News-Press that Boise State has yet to offer a specific amount on travel subsidies or any additional money to get into the California-based league.
Massari told the newspaper that Boise State may have to help subsidize the conference even more and not just pay for us go up there, though he said it is better than a 50-50 chance that the Broncos end up in the league.
While the Broncos face a deadline, the Big West is under no such time pressures. Boise State needs eight votes from the leagues 10 members to earn an invite.
Bailey said the Big East is very supportive of (Boise States) efforts to get what they want and what's appropriate for them.
Bailey said it was not appropriate for him to guess about Boise States thinking during the process.
I can only tell you for a whole variety of reasons its very clear Boise State is going to benefit from their continued relationship with the Big East, he said.
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