Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boise State Stays Put, Will Not Join Big East

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boise State Stays Put, Will Not Join Big East

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Boise State backed out on a commitment to join the Big East Conference and will remain a member of the Mountain West in 2013 -- and San Diego State could be next to reverse course.

Boise State and the Mountain West announced Monday they came to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing in the league they have been a part of the past two seasons.

"Without question, conference affiliation has been an odyssey for Boise State, with all the unexpected turns and changes that term suggests," Boise State president Robert Kustra said in statement. "The benefits of geographic footprint, revenue and national exposure have to be balanced against the changing circumstances of conference realignment. I am confident that our Mountain West membership is the very best decision for Boise State University, our student-athletes and our incredible fan base."

Boise State left the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West after the 2010 season.

The Broncos were scheduled to join the Big East next year for football only. Boise State's other sports were going to compete in the Big West. But more recent defections from the Big East made Boise State reconsider. And the Broncos were able to cut a sweet deal with the Mountain West that could allow Boise State to cash-in on its popular and perennially powerful football program.

"As I've stated many times, I have had the utmost trust that the university would make the right decision in what is best for Bronco football and all our sports at Boise State," football coach Chris Petersen said in the statement. "This innovative proposal to get football the maximum exposure on national television will be a tremendous boost to our program as we continue to grow the Bronco brand."

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