San Diego State staying put in MWC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP)
University President Elliot Hirshman said Tuesday that the school is pleased to be continuing as a full member of the Mountain West Conference.
But recent defections from the Big East caused
However, SDSU must pay a $1.5 million exit fee to the Big West, which was where its men's basketball team was headed next season before Tuesday's decision. That money will be defrayed by an estimated $2.5 million year-end distribution from the Mountain West.
''After substantial discussion and consideration of a broad range of factors,
The move leaves the Big East with only 10 football members for the forthcoming season, instead of the 12 it had planned to have. It also scraps plans to hold a conference title game, and will force the league office to come up with a new schedule. In early December, it had released a schedule with
The conference has 10 football members for 2013, but two of those, Louisville and Rutgers, are looking to leave by 2014. Louisville is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference and Rutgers to the Big Ten, though exactly when those moves will take place is still to be determined.
Those departures, along with the seven non-FBS football members breaking away from the Big East, and the conference's inability to land a TV deal because of all the instability, caused
Now the Mountain West will go into next season with 12 members, a restructured television contract with CBS Sports Network that allows the league to make extra money by selling some games, including