Welcome back to the MWC, Boise StateJan 2, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Boise State's decision to stay in the Mountain West Conference instead of playing in the Big East Conference was made official on Monday.
The announcement wasn't big-time news because of all the college bowls going on at the time, but it was plenty big for me and other Mountain West Conference fans.
Boise State did the right thing. It keeps the MWC in the running for a Bowl Championship Series berth.
I always thought that it was crazy for the Boise State Broncos to even think about playing in the Big East conference.
I know the move was all about the money, but it was about time Boise State decided the Big East has gone from an elite conference to a league with not a lot of firepower.
The news for the Big East was a big blow to the once mighty conference.
Now, the San Diego State Aztecs need to follow the decision made by Boise State.
The Aztecs are scheduled to join the Big East after this season, but I'm hoping that doesn't happen and that SDSU will remain in the Mountain West.
Boise State will need to pay a $5 million "exit" fee for changing its mind. I'm sure the fee isn't a big deal to the Broncos. The MWC said the league will help pay the fee.
The league will have 11 football members in 2013 season: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming.
The two newest programs are San Jose State and Utah State.
I like having those two schools in the league because they seem to be programs on the rise on the football field.
The San Jose State Spartans just finished their best football season in history and the fans are starting to follow the California school.
San Jose State was ranked in the top 25 this year.
The Spartans beat BYU for one of their best victories of the year.
San Jose State also played Stanford tight in a game played in September.
Utah State won a bowl game this year and is on the verge of being a top-25 ranked football team every year.
It will be a challenge for Wyoming to play at either Logan, Utah, or at San Jose State in the fall.
I believe the conference could still end up with 12 teams next year.
The MWC better make a quick pitch for either SDSU or another team to get to the magic number of 12.
There has been talk of BYU rejoining the league after leaving in 2010.
Independent life hasn't been all that great for BYU, which went 8-5 this season and had a hard time putting together a strong football schedule.
With all the television revenue available, the landscape in college sports is going to be switching all the time.
But at least Boise State will be playing the Pokes in the fall.