Boise State decides not to join Big East

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Boise State has backed out on a commitment to join the Big East and will remain a member of the Mountain West in 2013 – and San Diego State could be next to reverse course.

Boise State and the Mountain West announced Monday they had come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing in the league they have been a part of the past two seasons.

“Without question, conference affiliation has been an odyssey for Boise State, with all the unexpected turns and changes that term suggests,” Boise State University President Robert Kustra said in statement. “The benefits of geographic footprint, revenue, and national exposure have to be balanced against the changing circumstances of conference realignment. I am confident that our Mountain West membership is the very best decision for Boise State University, our student-athletes and our incredible fan base.”

Boise State, which left the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West after the 2010 season, is still on the hook to pay a $5 million exit fee to the Big East, though the school says there are “provisions” which could make it less. Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said the conference will help Boise State pay its exit fee.

“We are disappointed that Boise State has decided not to join the Big East Conference,” commissioner Mike Aresco said. “The conference is comprised of a group of superb institutions with outstanding athletic programs. We look forward to a dynamic future with our new alignment beginning in 2013.”

The Broncos were scheduled to join the Big East next year for football only.

NFL DRAFT: Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Lemonier played in 34 career games, making 24 starts. He finished his Auburn career with 98 tackles, 17 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and 33 quarterback hurries.

Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson and Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan also announced they would enter the draft.

Brigham Young linebacker Kyle Van Noy announced Monday that he would be returning for his senior season.

TEXAS: An attorney representing one of the two Texas players suspended before the Alamo Bowl says a sexual assault allegation against his client is “completely false.”

Perry Minton said in a written statement that linebacker Jordan Hicks “vehemently asserts” the conduct under investigation by San Antonio police was “consensual by everyone involved.”


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