Boise State Meets with Big East

Big East officials have spent the last two days spreading the news of conference expansion to two possible candidates in the Mountain Time Zone.

One day after meeting with Air Force officials in Colorado Springs, Colo., commissioner John Marinatto and senior associate commissioner Nick Carparelli met with Boise State administrators on their campus.

According to reports, the meetings were informational and no invitations to join the Big East have been extended. Boise State president Bob Kustra released this statement after the meeting:

"We had an informative meeting today with officials from the Big East Conference. Commissioner John Marinatto made a presentation regarding possible ideas for conference expansion and what role Boise State could potentially play in those plans. We appreciate the outreach on the part of the Big East Conference and will continue our due diligence in this matter.

"As we have indicated consistently, we will take our time in evaluating conference affiliation options and we will make an informed decision representing the best interests of the university. Boise State is a quality institution with an elite football program and a significant national brand identity. As a result, we are an extremely valuable partner when it comes to conference affiliation."

The Big East, which has lost Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the Atlantic Coast Conference, may lost West Virginia and/or Louisville to the Big 12. Boise State, Air Force and Navy are being considered as football members only. Houston, SMU, Central Florida and Temple are among the other schools being considered.

Boise State and Air Force are currently members of the Mountain West Conference.

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