WAC Loosens July 1 Deadline For Boise State To Leave Conference

The supposed hard deadline of July 1 which would allow Boise State to leave and presumably join the Mountain West is now being relaxed by the WAC:

"If a school desires to be a member of another conference, that's their prerogative and that's their choice," (WAC Commissioner) Benson said. "We have to make sure it's done in a timely manner and in an order that doesn't cause further damage to the conference."

Boise State would forfeit its 2010-11 league revenue even if it gives notice by July 1. If the school gives notice after that date, Benson said, the WAC board of directors likely would allow the move with some additional penalty.

"I just assumed all along if we don't give them notice by July 1 the WAC bylaws stand as is," Boise State president Bob Kustra said Monday evening. "If they're interested in amending that, that's fine."

Giving up their 2010-2011 could be upwards toward six million dollars if the Broncos make a BCS bowl game as an automatic qualifier, plus the additional financial penalties for leaving the WAC after July 1.  This could be good news for the Mountain West who decided against expanding on Monday and is taking a wait and see approach on if or when to invite Boise State.

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