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Big East Expansion: Boise State Could Perhaps Be Convinced To Join Early

The Boise St. Broncos are scheduled to join the Big East in 2013, but haven't ruled out joining in 2012. The Broncos have reportedly been in touch with the WAC about stowing their non-football sports there for 2012 if need be, and the conference reportedly has been pressuring BSU to join early to offset the loss of the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Sounds like we know what the Big East could do to convince Boise State to join ahead of schedule:

"Before we make any move, we need to make sure we cover all our expenses," [athletic director Mark] Coyle said. "If a transition takes place now, there are expenses we need to cover before we make a move."

It would cost Boise State between $7.5 million and $9 million to leave the Mountain West this fall. The Broncos could owe the Western Athletic Conference - where their other spots programs are headed - additional money as well for joining that league a year early.

Could we end up seeing, in a roundabout fashion, the Big 12's reported payment for West Virginia end up going to the Mountain West?

For more on Broncos football, visit Boise State blog OBNUG, plus SB Nation Denver and Big East Coast Bias.