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San Diego State is staying in the Mountain West and backing out on the Big East -- just like Boise State did last month.
University President Elliot Hirshman says the school is pleased to be continuing as a full member of the Mountain West Conference.
San Diego State, a founding member, had committed to join the Big East for football only, with Boise State, starting next season. San Diego State's other teams were going to compete in the Big West.
But recent defections from the Big East caused Boise State to reconsider and strike a deal to stay in the Mountain West. Without a western partner, San Diego State retreated, too.
Unlike Boise State, San Diego State is not on the hook for an exit fee, because Boise State left first. San Diego State becomes the third school in the last 16 months to leave the Big East before ever actually joining. TCU did the same, reneging on a commitment to join the league in 2012 and instead accepting an invite to join the Big 12.
The move leaves the Big East with only 10 football members for the upcoming season, instead of the 12 it had planned to have. It also scraps plans to hold a conference title game, and will force the league office to come up with a new schedule. In early December, it had released a schedule with San Diego State and Boise State in a new western division.
The conference has 10 football members for 2013, but two of those - Louisville and Rutgers - are looking to leave by 2014. Louisville is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference and Rutgers to the Big Ten, though exactly when those moves will take place is still to be determined.
Those departures, along with the seven non-FBS football members breaking away from the Big East, caused Boise State to change course and return to the Mountain West.
Now the Mountain West will go into next season with 12 members and it plans to play a football title game.
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San Diego States brief flirtation with both the Big West and the Big East has officially ended.
Although SDSU was expected to join the Big West next season and join the Big East for football only, the school issued a statement on Wednesday explaining its decision to remain in the Mountain West, a conference in which it is a charter member.
The Mountain West didnt hesitate to reinstate...
San Diego State is staying in the Mountain West and backing out on the Big East - just like Boise State did last month.
San Diego State President Elliot Hirshman says the school is pleased to be continuing as a full member of the Mountain West Conference.
San Diego State, a founding member, had committed to join the Big East for football only, with Boise State, starting next season...
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The Jersey Guy himself is reporting that come July 1, 2013 San Diego State is returning to the Mountain West Conference as a full-time member- without having to pay an exit fee.
See, they worked it into their contract that if Boise got to leave, they could too without opening their wallet...
Good work for them... as the MWC expands back to 12...
By Abbey Mastracco
San Diego State's brief flirtation with both the Big West and the Big East has officially ended.
Although SDSU was expected to rejoin the Big West next season and join the Big East for football only, the school issued a statement Wednesday explaining its decision to remain in the Mountain West, a conference in which it is a charter member.
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