ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported Friday that 18 schools will make a pitch via video conference to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby regarding possible expansion. Boise State is on the list. Also of note are Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State and BYU.
Boise State confirmed Friday it will make a pitch to the conference. The Idaho Statesman has obtained the documents. See them at the bottom of this story, or click here for the school’s letter to the Big 12 and here for the presentation materials.
Among the interesting tidbits in the brochure is a design to expand Albertsons Stadium to a 48,000-seat capacity. That would put it slightly above the current smallest Big 12 stadium, at TCU. In 2010, Boise State offered a similar expansion design, but that was before the Bleymaier Football Complex was approved. Those projections had a 53,000-seat capacity stadium, but has since been reconfigured. There are no current plans to expand the stadium, simply a design, but certainly an approval to move into the Big 12 would change that.
McMurphy also reported the league is increasingly likely to add two schools to become a 12-team league, instead of the four-team addition that had been mentioned as a possibility.
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The 18 schools making presentations, reported by McMurphy, are Air Force, Arkansas State, Boise State, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Northern Illinois, New Mexico, San Diego State, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Central Florida and South Florida.
Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reported each team’s presentation will be lengthy, and at this time, the conference is expected to make a decision between mid-September and early October.
Requests for comment from Boise State President Bob Kustra have thus far been denied, but Athletic Director Curt Apsey told KTIK 93.1 FM that Boise State wouldn’t have to be tied to BYU if the Cougars were a possible expansion candidate.
Apsey said on KTIK on Thursday that Boise State continues “to have conversations.’’
Here’s what Apsey said on the topic of expansion late last month:
Boise State unveiled its new banners that will hang on the east side of Albertsons Stadium on Friday. It’s a different look from recent years, which featured posed photos of current players, along with phrases like “Toughness” and “Dedication.” One shows the team running onto the field, the others highlighting seniors Ben Weaver, Thomas Sperbeck and Tanner Vallejo, all pointing out the team’s recent dominance.
Boise State’s latest entry in its get to know a freshman profile segment is offensive lineman Donte Harrington.