BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 24: Boise State Broncos mascot Buster Bronco does post-touchdown pushups during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Bronco Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
After weeks of speculation the Boise State Broncos are sticking with their move to Big East along with San Diego State. The Broncos haven't secured a new home for their Olympic sports with the demise of the WAC. They are currently in negotiations with the Big West and need 8 out of 10 votes to land a spot in the California bus league.
Brett McMurphy reported that Boise informed the Mountain West this week that they will be leaving in 2013 as planned, The Broncos had second thoughts after it appeared their new league may not be a stable one. The Big East still has an uncertain future but Boise State was willing to risk it. If the Big 12 raids the ACC it could set off another round of expansion where the Big East is raided once again.
Now the Mountain West can finally get down to business with CUSA and TV executives about contracts and partnerships. The Mountain West stands at 10 teams and now CUSA will be at 14 with the recent addition of Old Dominion. That would bring it to a total of 24 teams between the the two leagues.
There has been speculation that a couple teams from CUSA may slide over to the Mountain West so that each league has an even 12 teams. UTEP has been mentioned several times as a likely candidate to join the Mountain West which would renew rivalries from it's WAC days. That would enable both leagues to have a championship game in football, with the champions meeting in an additonal game. Or perhaps they would meet in a larger bowl game. The SEC and Big 10 just made a postseason bowl agreement, maybe every conference will try to work something out.
With the Mtn. going off air on May 31st the Mountain West will now have some more flexibility with TV partners. We've now seen that they can sell some games to ESPN for extra money and exposure. So does each league have their own TV deal or will they partner up and try and create a bigger deal by helping with scheduling and over ventures.
Most of the details of the alliance should be finalized by June. TV contracts may a little longer to be finalized. At least we now know what cards the Mountain West holds and they can figure out the best way to play them. It will be a very interesting month and a half as all of this works out.