ESPN: Boise State leaves WAC, joins MWC

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on June 11th, 2010 at 12:50 PM

ESPN reports the deal has gone official


Boise State has given the Mountain West Conference a 10th program.

Boise State is leaving the Western Athletic Conference, a league the Broncos have dominated for a decade in football, the MWC confirmed with a statement Friday.

"We are pleased and excited to welcome Boise State University to the Mountain West Conference," commissioner Craig Thompson said in the news release. "Since our inception just 11 short years ago, the Mountain West has experienced tremendous success, and the addition of Boise State will further enhance that strength. The MWC continues to strategize regarding potential membership scenarios and bringing Boise State into the Conference is an important part of that evolution."

Could be a BIG DAY in sports announcements.



June 11th, 2010 at 12:59 PM ^

If 4 mega-conferences are created, I cannot possibly imagine that a 10 team MWC could get the same autobid that a super-Pac-10, super-Big-10, super-SEC, and super-ACC/BE would get. Even with Boise State the MWC would have 10 teams, about 5 of which would be considered competitive enough to join one of those 4 super conferences.

12-14 competitive teams in a conference vs. 5 is not even.


June 11th, 2010 at 1:21 PM ^

15 other teams which all would have WAY higher levels of brand equity and talent, you are correct.

MWC: "Hey, we just added Boise State!  We are as good as the big boys now! We deserve and auto-bid.  Boise!"

Everyone else: Nice work.  Keep it up, and when you add a few more give us a call.


turd ferguson

June 11th, 2010 at 1:27 PM ^

kansas doesn't need to be memphis. they'll be top-three in their conference almost every year no matter where they are, so i'd imagine they'd like to do it in a high-profile conference against top competition.


June 11th, 2010 at 1:14 PM ^

the MAC, Sun Belt, and WAC at that point. not every conference can be a "Big #." i really don't get why you're arguing aside for the sake of arguing. i never claimed this would put them on par with the ACC. it just seems a logical way of expanding into new markets for a smaller conference in a way that seems to only have benefits, as well as creating matchups that are much more balanced than adding a Kansas or the like. 


June 11th, 2010 at 1:10 PM ^

are we talking football or basketball?

Louisiana Tech has slowly built a decent football program that has bowled consistently. Memphis is Memphis in basketball, with some rumblings of wanting to be a better football program. Tulane basketball will eventually return to being in/on the cusp of top 25 IMO as well as building a new football stadium in the next 5 years. Further, their baseball team has won a championship in the past 5-10 years. Tulsa is making strides in recruitment (as we all know). Houston and SMU both have identified themselves as wanting to return to some semblance of football glory. ECU has shown a decent amount of success in football and their basketball program may improve. 

i don't necessarily see them as a bs conference.


June 11th, 2010 at 1:11 PM ^

but i don't think that it buries them in a lack of competition. rather, it would provide strengths in a number of sports as well as draw more attention during recruitment that they have the teams for a playoff from a variety of locations. they already have 13 teams - why not add three more and have a 2 part in-conference split. 


June 11th, 2010 at 12:55 PM ^

I would think both parties would wait to see what the Pac10 does. They have stated they are fine with 11 schools, but I don't see the benefit for them to drop the round robin without the conference championship. (unless of course they do a 10-game round robin with 5 home and 5 away games)

This is another rumor that I will only believe when I see.


June 11th, 2010 at 12:57 PM ^

Its a conference that has less talent than the MAC. There was no chance that they would ever get a MNC shot from that conference--and rightfully so. 12-0 types of success in the MWC is much more legitimate.

Zone Left

June 11th, 2010 at 1:02 PM ^

This is a gamble to try and become a larger conference, probably with remnants of the Big 12 North, that can plausibly take the Big 12's auto-bid if the conference folds.  Orrin Hatch would suddenly lose interest in the BCS too, FWIW.

Mr. Robot

June 11th, 2010 at 1:22 PM ^

Its kind of weird that they didn't wait to see the Big XII exodus play out. It'll be interesting to see if they pick up any of the remnets though. If the MWC got their hands on Kansas and/or Kansas State as well, they have a legitimate claim for a BCS bid. KU and KSU aren't GREAT pickups, but it is huge for basketball and good enough in football to frankly make them better than the Big East. Combine that with the lack of a Big XII bid anymore, and the MWC just had Christmas come early.