So much for the Boise State Broncos becoming members of the Big East Conference next season. College football's favorite underdog will remain in the Mountain West Conference and continue to try and crash the playoff party when the BCS comes to an end after the 2013 season.
Brett McMurphy of ESPN was the first to report the news:
Boise State remaining in MWC & will not join Big East in 2013, sources told @espn.— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 31, 2012
This is bad news for the Big East, but Bronco fans just received a late Christmas present. I guess, it is better late than never. Seriously though, this is a fantastic move by the Broncos, and it should benefit them for years to come.
For starters, no one has any idea what is going on with the Big East. Teams are avoiding the conference like it is a crazy ex-girlfriend, and it is only a matter of time before the conference begins to sink like the Titanic. With Pittsburgh and Syracuse set to bolt for the ACC next season, things won't look recognizable in the Big East.
With this move, San Diego State—another team that is supposed to join the Big East—has the opportunity to also back out of its agreement and remain in the MWC. Things just aren't looking up for the Big East, which swung and missed again.
Simply put, the Big East is in a state of uncertainty, and unless you enjoy walking into haunted houses without knowing what is going to happen, you tend to avoid these situations at all costs. The MWC is a lot more stable at the moment, and familiar territory is much more settling than the unknown.
There is also money involved in this whole mess, which is a good thing for everybody involved in the MWC. CBS and the conference recently restructured its television deal, which will allow for games to be played on multiple television stations and provide more exposure for the conference as a whole.
According to the ESPN report, Boise State staying could increase the value of that contract by at least $25 million.
Also, Boise's horrible schedule as a member of the Big East is no more. Instead of traveling across the country to play a road game, the Broncos will now stick to their regular schedule and make traveling a lot easier for everybody. Bronco fans no longer have to worry about spending boatloads of money to see their team play a sub-par opponent.
Boise State didn't need the Big East; the Big East needed Boise State. This program is by far the most popular non-automatic-qualifier, and will continue to compete for prestigious bowl games and playoff spots beginning in 2014. It just didn't make much sense to leave a good situation for something that is covered in yellow caution tape and warning signs.
There aren't many good moves in today's conference realignment, but Boise State ended up with the good part of the deal in this one.