According to buzz around the Internet today, the Boise State Broncos have changed their mind about a move to the Big East Conference and will stay put in the Mountain West Conference for the foreseeable future.
Boise’s decision to stay with the MWC was reportedly due to the fact the financial side of the Big East deal which was originally proposed didn’t turn out to be as strong as once believed. Beyond this, the shaky nature of the Big East and its recent decision to add multiple programs to try and solidify it’s footing was enough to spook Boise into staying put– and justifiably so.
With the departure of the so-called “Catholic 7″ basketball-only members of the Big East from the conference to presumably form their own stand-alone conference in the near future, it’s becoming evident the Big East’s move to add multiple schools was as much out of desperation as having a quality product to offer programs looking for a new conference home.
Given this, will other new, or, upcoming Big East additions have a change of heart and start what we could call a reverse domino effect, pulling their pledges to the conference and staying put or moving back to their old homes?
With all the backlash against the move toward mega-conferences– specifically when it comes to FBS-level football– schools are being given more reasons to pause and consider just what it is they are actually getting themselves into. After all, is a move to the Big East really worth the risk when the platform beneath their feet seems to be so wobbly?
The first school which could easily have a change of heart is San Diego State. Originally figured to be paired with Boise State in what could only be termed the “Big East West”– yes, I know– the Aztecs have their own reason to consider a Mountain West future rather than a move to the Big East which poses logistical, travel and competitive question marks.
Beyond the Aztecs, there are two schools that could re-consider a move in 2014– Houston and SMU-- thus leaving the Big East with only nine football-playing members for the near future. If this was to happen, the Big East would almost certainly need to add a 10th member post haste to maintain some competitive balance and prevent even more schools from bolting to greener pastures.
Boise’s decision to stay put in the Mountain West could trigger a domino effect in the exact opposite direction than any of us could have previously assumed. This is the nature of the dynamic movement in today’s college football landscape– it’s about as predictable as a Texas Panhandle winter.