Boise gets San Diego State option to avoid Big East

Thanks to Boise State, the Mountain West must extend an invitation to San Diego State, scheduled to join the Big East for football in July, before it offers membership to any other school.

The Broncos' contract with the Mountain West says it "will extend an option for San Diego State University to join the MWC on terms mutually agreed between SDSU and the MWC and to join or decline before offering membership to any other institution," the Idaho Statesman reported Wednesday.

According to the contract, the Mountain West will hold a spot for the Aztecs for next season until Jan. 31. Big East commissioner Mike Aresco said Tuesday that he knows only that San Diego State is reconsidering its options.

Boise State pulled out of its commitment to join the Big East on Monday. It cited a new deal with the Mountain West that allows it to make more TV money. It still must pay exit fees of $5 million to the Big East and $1.5 million to the Big West, where its other sports were going to play. The Mountain West said Wednesday that it will contribute up to $3 million toward the fees.

Tide, Irish arrive

FORT LAUDERDALE — Brian Kelly walked off the tarmac, hopped aboard one of Notre Dame's buses that bore his image on the side and grinned broadly as he sat in the driver's seat.

Soon, the Irish coach will know if his team — or Alabama — will finish in that proverbial spot.

The No. 1 Irish landed in South Florida not long before the arrival of the No. 2 Crimson Tide. The teams meet in the BCS title game Monday in Miami.

"It's not like any trip that they've had before," Kelly said about his players. "It's not like any trip that I've had before. It's something that you dream about when you play this game and when you coach this game."

For Alabama coach Nick Saban, it was a return to his former home. Saban coached the Dolphins before going to the Crimson Tide.

"It's great to be back in South Florida," he said. "I'm sure these people here are going to do a great job of providing tremendous hospitality for our players and our entire family."

Both teams are set to practice today with workouts scheduled throughout the rest of the week.

More Alabama: First-team All-America center Barrett Jones is expected to be ready. He arrived in a walking boot a day after practicing for the first time since spraining his left foot during the SEC title game.

Draft: Utah defensive end Joe Kruger will skip his senior season. The 6-foot-7, 280-pounder had a team-high six sacks.

Boise gets San Diego State option to avoid Big East 01/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 10:28pm]

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