Boise State wavers on move from Mountain West to Big East

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Boise State is trying to get the Big East and Mountain West to allow the Broncos to retain their home television rights, to guarantee which conference the school ends up in, sources told ESPN.

Boise State is scheduled to leave the Mountain West and join the Big East on July 1, 2013. However, ESPN reported on Nov. 20 the Broncos had been in talks with the Mountain West and were reconsidering the move to the Big East.

On Friday, it was reported those talks heated up in recent days after the Big East’s seven Catholic basketball schools announced last week they were leaving the league.

Boise State is pitting the Big East against the Mountain West in what one industry source called “a game of chicken” to ensure the Broncos get the most lucrative deal.

There are no schools in any FBS conference that retains its home television rights. Still, one industry source believes either the Big East or Mountain West will make an exception for Boise State because they are so desperate to have the Broncos.

• Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was suspended for Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Boise State said Lawrence was sent home Thursday. The Broncos beat Washington
28-26.

He had also been suspended earlier in the year for a home game against UNLV for rule violations. Lawrence led the Broncos (No. 19 BCS, No. 20 AP) in sacks with 9.5 and had two fumble recoveries this season, his first at Boise State.

UCLA: Safety Tevin McDonald, the Bruins’ second-leading tackler, will not play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl against Baylor because of an undisclosed violation of team rules, the school announced Saturday.

McDonald, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore, did not make the trip to San Diego for the game.

He started all 13 games for the Bruins this season and has 79 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries.

UCLA (9-4) plays Baylor (7-5) on Thursday at at Qualcomm Stadium.


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