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Boise State Hasn't Formally Left Mountain West Conference

While SMU's ascension to the Big East Conference seemed like a giant step for the school in its quest to emulate TCU, it seems like the goalposts have been shifted in the middle of the game.

Boise State, which would be joining as a football-only member in 2013, was the centerpiece of the Big East's attempt to remain a credible player in college football. However, according to a report from CBS Sports, the Broncos are getting cold feet because of a lack of a safe landing spot for the rest of their sports teams.

The plan was for Boise State to send the rest of their sports teams to the WAC, but the last round of conference realignment has left the WAC on its deathbed. Right now, the conference has only five schools -- Idaho, New Mexico, Denver, Seattle and Boise -- committed for the 2013 season.

As a result, the Broncos have been desperately scouring the country to find a place to stash the rest of their sports, but they haven't been able to find a solution yet. Their backup plan is remaining with the Mountain West, but they only have a week left before a very important deadline: they would have to sacrifice up to $24 million (if the football team makes a BCS appearance) if they don't give the conference more than a year's notice before leaving.

If Boise stays in the MWC, it would be a devastating blow for the football credibility of the Big East and a significant setback out at the Hilltop.

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