Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports is reporting that the Big East will make official its expansion plans that include Boise State and San Diego State in football only, and Central Florida, Houston, and SMU in all sports.
What does this do to college sports out West? Quite a bit.
First Boise State and San Diego State must find homes for their other sports. The Big West is reportedly happy with adding SDSU, but does not want to add Boise State. Boise is too far away for the all-Cali bus conference (Hawaii is paying its own way in the Big West). The WAC is said to be open to Boise State, but Boise State is unsure about the WAC.
What does this do to SDSU and Boise basketball? Steve Fisher has turned the Aztec program into a western power -- they are 8-2 this season and went 34-3 last year! Leon Rice is turning Boise State around, too -- his Broncos are 7-1 at the moment.
Why would Boise State be unsure about the WAC? Comrade Craig is lurking, ready to poach the WAC again. Will the Mountain West try to add Utah State? San Jose State? Maybe even UTSA?
Will the rumored MWC/C-USA merger come to fruition? If so, some indications (like from UTEP's athletic director) are that it is in consideration for all sports, not just football. If this is the case, surely a school like Louisiana Tech moves to get into C-USA to replace outgoing teams and get inside the merger.
While this expansion won't ripple up into other BCS conferences, it is almost sure to ripple down throughout non-AQ and non-football land.