BOISE -- The former Big East Conference has informed Boise State University that it plans to sue the school for $5 million. They say that's the penalty for BSU dropping out of the conference.
Boise State is responding with a lawsuit to be filed in Boise, asking the court to declare that no penalty is due.
The Big East recently announced that it is changing its name to the American Athletic Conference. BSU officials claim the new conference is vastly different to the one they agreed to join. The Big East no longer sponsors college football.
“Boise State entered into that agreement in good faith and with a great degree of optimism, but the conference we agreed to join simply no longer exists,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra.
Boise State was set to become a member of the Big East on July 1, 2013. But the conference underwent numerous changes since Dec. 6, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2012, including losing 78 percent of its membership, failing to add football schools west of the Mississippi River, and losing its “automatic qualifier” status to the BCS bowl games.
“Boise State worked diligently to try to salvage the Big East Conference and help lead it into the future, but in the end the changes and losses proved too great to overcome,” added Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle.
After the Big East made changes, Boise State announced it would remain a member of the Mountain West Conference.