BOISE -- Reports released by various sports news sites are reporting that Boise State, San Diego State and BYU may be looking to defect back to the Mountain West Conference.
ESPN.com reports sources confirming the schools have had conversations with MWC membership after a series of events appear to be leading to the exit of Rutgers from the Big East to the Big 10 leaving the league with 11 football teams for the 2014 season.
Boise State president Dr. Robert Kustra responded to the reports Monday night in a released statement saying:
"We are in contact with the Big East Conference office and are evaluating the information that has come forward regarding conference realignment the past few days."
Kustra followed up his statement later that night, saying:
"In following up on my statement from earlier this evening and because of a report that Boise State has been talking with the Mountain West, I want to make it clear that Boise State has had no discussions with the Mountain West Conference in the past couple of weeks. We are in constant communication with presidents and athletic directors of the Big East and we intend to strengthen our the conference by adding members who can contribute to a strong conference."
ESPN.com reports Boise State’s buyout fee to leave the Big East would be $10 million dollars.
Although it should be noted the Big East and situation Boise State entered into a year ago is not the Big East conference Boise State will go to beginning next year with a new television contract still not signed and a soon-to-be unbalanced 2 division conference.
BYU, an independent, has a reported $4-million dollar contract with ESPN through 2018.
In the past year, 6 Big East schools have left the league. Rutgers would make the 7th school to leave.