Boise State To Join Big West Conference

By Ryan Gaydos

The Boise State Broncos are set to join the Big West Conference in non-football sports including basketball. The announcement comes Friday as the Broncos are moving from the Mountain West Conference.

The school will join the conference starting July 1, 2013. The Broncos have been searching for a new conference ever since the football program agreed to join the Big East Conference in 2013.

In a statement President Bob Kustra said:

“Boise State’s membership in the Big West Conference complements our Big East Conference football presence and reflects our emerging coast-to-coast profile. We are truly excited by the prospects of competition and collaboration with all these new partners both athletically and academically. The Big West will be an outstanding home for the majority of our intercollegiate sports and will provide great opportunities for our student-athletes.”

The entry fee for Boise State’s admittance to the Big West cost about $2.5 million. The fee will be paid in five annual payments.

The Broncos will be joining Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and Pacific. Pacific will be leaving the Big West to move to the West Coast Conference after the 2012-13 season.

Bronco Director of Athletics Mark Coyle gave his comment on the move:

“We are excited about our future membership in the Big West Conference and feel this will be a great fit for our program. The Big West is a highly-respected conference with excellent leadership, led by Commissioner Dennis Farrell. The league will provide a competitive environment for our teams participating in the Big West.”

The Broncos are looking to prove themselves this year in the final year of Mountain West play. With UNLV and San Diego State major players in the Mountain West, maybe a change will be good for the Broncos.

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