Big East Expansion: Boise State Wants Western Partner, Division In New Conference

The Boise St. Broncos seem imminently close to joining the Big East Conference after Thursday's 7-1 State Board vote in favor of accepting an invitation.

However, Boise State President Bob Kustra made it clear that he has certain expectations of the Big East and its potential other new partners upon Boise joining.

Kustra said it was important that the Boise State have a "Western partner" in the new-look Big East, which is planning to split into two six-team divisions. The league is planning to invite Boise State, Air Force and Navy for football only and add Central Florida, Houston and SMU in all sports.

Kustra said under the current plan Boise State would be in a Western Division with Air Force, Houston, SMU, Louisville and Cincinnati.

And so, yes, until the Big East saves us all and names them the Gavitt/Tranghese divisions, we're looking at the formation of the Big East West division and the Big East East division.

For some wierd reason, Kustra also decided to throw it out there that some Western schools outside of the understood possibilities (Air Force, Houston, SMU) might be in the mix as well. He did not mention them by name but the Idaho Statesman's Brian Murphy included the following sentence that made my head explode:

San Diego State has indicated it would have some interest in joining a Western Division of the Big East.

Good lord...

For more, visit Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God and Big East Coast Bias. Stay tuned to SB Nation's conference realignment news section.

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