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San Diego State Follows Boise State's Lead, Will Remain In Mountain West
Published January 17, 2013
NEW DEAL: In Boise, Brian Murphy notes the Mountain West can "renegotiate with CBS" now that SDSU has been added. Thompson said, "We gave CBS 10 San Diego State football games and 16-18 Top 25 basketball games. There's good solid value in that" (IDAHO STATESMAN, 1/17). ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy noted CBS Sports Network will "have the option to pick up a Mountain West Championship game." Thompson said, "We've been talking to them (CBS Sports Network) every step of the way." He said that the league "hopes to have a conference schedule completed by late April." Thompson: "I'm elated with our 12-team lineup. We got the band back together" (ESPN.com, 1/16).
ONE COAST AT A TIME: ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson wrote, "Let us all hope the Big East comes to its senses now that Boise State and San Diego State are staying where they belong." Their agreement to join the Big East "was never practical." It was "never convenient." What this league "must do is re-focus its efforts and try to become a regionalized brand again, with Texas as its western-most boundary" (ESPN.com, 1/16). ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel writes Aresco has "all but flipped the conference upside down in midair in order to withstand the turbulence of realignment." Now that SDSU has rejoined BSU in the Mountain West, Aresco "may get it done." The "sea-to-shining-sea conference membership was a bad idea, and the Big East has spent a lot of time and money undoing it" (ESPN.com, 1/17).
PATIENCE PAYS OFF: In Reno, Dan Hinxman writes, "Mountain West football will remain a national player after the 2012-13 season." Yesterday was a day "for celebration brought about because Thompson had the wherewithal to remain patient during the conference-realignment tornado that is swallowing up the aggressive-minded Big East" (RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL, 1/17). In San Diego, Matt Calkins writes the "easy move right now is to blame Sterk for this circus and say that he fumbled a snap." He is a "convenient scapegoat." But Sterk's attempts "deserve four words rarely justified in Division I sports: At least he tried." The move offered the program "a chance to step onto the national stage and net the athletic department an estimated $6 million in annual television revenue." But when BSU announced that it was returning to the Mountain West, "rendering the future of the Big East immensely tenuous, Sterk played it safe and followed suit." Calkins: "Ask any poker player -- the hands you fold are just as crucial as the pots you rake in" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/17).