Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Big East wouldn't match Mountain West's offer to Boise State

NEW YORK — The Big East was "unwilling" to give Boise State the deal that kept it in the Mountain West, commissioner Mike Aresco said Tuesday.

"We worked hard with Boise," he said. "We explored a lot of different ways to keep them."

Monday, Boise State backed out of a commitment to join the Big East for football in July. Recent defections, including Louisville to the ACC and the seven non-Division I-A schools to a conference to be formed later, hurt the prospects of a big TV deal.

The Mountain West recently re-worked its deal with CBS Sports Network to allow the conference to sell games to other networks. In addition, the Mountain West agreed to sell the Broncos' home games in a separate TV package, let them earn extra TV money and let them keep 50 percent of revenue gained via the BCS or playoff system instead of the conference dividing it equally.

Said Aresco: "Our membership was unwilling to make the deal the Mountain West made with them."

Meanwhile, San Diego State, another Mountain West team committed to play football in the Big East in July, also is reconsidering.

"I don't know the deal with San Diego State," Aresco said. "That could come clear in the next few days."

But Aresco denied Monday's report on cbssports.com that Houston and SMU are interested in joining the Mountain West. Both are set to join the Big East for all sports in July.

"Everybody wants to stay in," he said. "We've had strong support from the Texas schools."

Penn St. lawsuit: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said he plans to sue the NCAA over sanctions imposed against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The sanctions, agreed to by the school, included a $60 million fine to be used nationally to finance child abuse prevention. State and federal lawmakers objected to the money being spent outside Pennsylvania.

USF: Hans Straub, 32, Stanford's performance assistant coach, was hired as strength and conditioning coach. "There is great support from the fans and the community," he said of USF. "The potential to win is there with the caliber of athletes in Florida." Straub replaces Mike Golden, who was not retained after Skip Holtz's firing.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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