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Boise State sues former Big East conference, contesting threat of $5 million penalty

The former Big East conference is threatening to sue Boise State University for $5 million, and BSU is now suing back, filing a lawsuit in district court in Boise “asking the court to declare that no such penalty is due.” In a news release, BSU President Bob Kustra said, “Boise State entered into that agreement in good faith and with a great degree of optimism, but the conference we agreed to join simply no longer exists.” Added Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle, “Boise State worked diligently to try to salvage the Big East Conference and help lead it into the future, but in the end the changes and losses proved too great to overcome.” Click below for the university's full release.

‘An odyssey for Boise State’

Boise State University has backed out on a commitment to join the Big East, the Associated Press reports, and will instead remain a member of the Mountain West. The school and the conference announced today that they've come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing football in the league they have been a part of for the past two seasons.

Boise State was scheduled to join the Big East next year for football only, but more recent defections from the Big East made it reconsider. BSU said as part of its agreement with the Mountain West, TV rights to its home football games will not be part of the conference's future media contracts. Click below for a full statement from BSU President Bob Kustra, who said, “This has been an odyssey for Boise State, with all the unexpected turns and changes that term suggests.” In the end, Kustra said the new deal with the Mountain West is best for BSU in terms of “geographic footprint, revenue and national exposure,” and he said, “Thanks to the success of Coach Petersen and his staff, Boise State football is a unique program with a value in media and ticket sales attractive to a number of conferences and bowl venues.”

Uh, so who asked him to?

Here’s why Gov. Butch Otter issued the press release saying he “won’t intervene” in the BSU-UI football rivalry spat: He was asked about it after his speech to the Boise chamber today by Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey. “The governor told him, he said, ‘Personally, my personal view is I’d like to see that rivalry and that game continue, but Dan, honestly, I’ve got to see what authority I have in order to do that,” said Otter’s press secretary, Jon Hanian. “He said, ‘I need to find that out and let you know.’” Then, Hanian said, “It didn’t take long to determine.”

Said Hanian, “We have not gotten any request from the university. … We were just responding to a question.”

Guv ‘won’t intervene’ in UI-BSU football spat

Gov. Butch Otter just issued this press release:                                                        


(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued the following statement today about the controversy surrounding continuation of the football series between the University of Idaho and Boise State University after the 2010 season: “As a football fan and an Idahoan, I’d like to see the series continue. As Governor, I have no authority, no role and no interest in micromanaging our universities’ football programs. That’s why we hire university presidents, athletic directors and coaches. I have every confidence that they’ll work things out.”

This after a big clash over BSU President Bob Kustra’s comment to the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board yesterday that he didn’t care if the BSU Broncos never played the UI Vandals again, given Vandal fans’ trashing of BSU’s academic programs. “I frankly don’t care whether we ever play ‘em again,” Kustra told the newspaper. “It’s a culture that is nasty, inebriated and civilly doesn’t give our fans the respect that any fan should expect when visiting an away team.” UI President Duane Nellis then responded in a statement that he was “disappointed” at Kustra’s remarks, and that “in-state rivalries are meant to be fun.” By last night, Kustra had issued a statement saying his comments were “harsher than I intended” and that he plans to leave football scheduling decisions to athletic officials. Click below to read the full statements from both Nellis and Kustra.

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