The Big East has been on life support of late, what with TCU deciding to defect from the conference before ever joining it and Pittsburgh and Syracuse fleeing for the ACC. But the Boston Globe reports that the Big East is looking at adding Boise State as a football-only member, along with four other schools, in an effort to stabilize the conference.
Reportedly, the Big East is looking at a plan that would include inviting Boise State, Navy, and Air Force to the conference as football-only members and inviting Temple and Central Florida to the conference in all sports. Of those five teams, Boise State is by far the biggest prize in football; the Broncos would instantly become the Big East's presumptive favorite, as they have two BCS bowl wins — as many triumphs as any current Big East team has BCS bowl appearances.
Adding Boise State would also massively extend the Big East's footprint. The conference, which would seem to have a misnomer as its title, would stretch from the I-4 Corridor in Florida, home to both current member South Florida and potential member Central Florida, to Colorado (Air Force) and Idaho (Boise State).