Printed on: November 21, 2012
Questions abound for BYU, Boise St.
The loss of Rutgers and potential future Big East defections could impact the league's television negotiations.
Boise State, San Diego State and former Mountain West member BYU have talked with counterparts in the league about what to do next, ESPN and others reported.
Boise State and fellow Mountain West member San Diego State are scheduled to join the Big East on July 1. BYU left the league in 2011 for football independence.
"A lot of people are talking," Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson told USA Today. "Maybe some of the logical reasons to have left the Mountain West no longer apply."
Boise State President Bob Kustra issued a short statement late Monday on conference realignment.
"Boise State has had no discussions with the Mountain West Conference in the past couple of weeks," Kustra said. "We are in constant communication with presidents and athletic directors of the Big East and we intend to strengthen the conference by adding members who can contribute."
San Diego State Athletic Director Jim Sterk told the San Diego Union-Tribune that there has been no contact with the Mountain West.
Brigham Young is another school frequently mentioned in regards to Big East expansion because the Cougars are independent in football.
Sterk said he would be "in favor" of BYU joining the Aztecs in the Big East, but indicated it is not his role to approach the Cougars. He said BYU has a good program and is "getting significant interest."
BYU officials have declined to comment on all expansion rumors.
BYU coach Bronco Men-denhall was asked about an ESPN report indicating Boise State, San Diego State and BYU have had recent conversations with Mountain West membership about the possibility of returning to the league. BYU became an independent in football in 2011 and joined the West Coast Conf-erence in other sports that year.
"I don't know anything about it.," Mendenhall said. "There's nothing I'd be shocked by with realignment."
BYU is Poinsettia Bowl-bound for the second straight season. Mendenhall has acknowledged previously the only way to get into a BCS bowl would likely be to go undefeated once, perhaps twice. The new playoff system doesn't help if BYU remains independent.
"It's about the same access we had before, the way I see it," Mendenhall said. "We still have to be undefeated, I think, to be considered."