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Big East pays Boise State a visit

BOISE, Idaho -- Big East Conference honchos paid a visit to Boise State on Thursday, giving the university's president an informational pitch on the beleaguered conference and its plans to add more teams.

University President Bob Kustra said he appreciated the visit, but emphasized he's in no hurry to make a decision on Boise State's future conference membership.

Kustra made it clear he views Boise State and its incredibly successful football team as a valuable asset to any conference and that he intends to consider all viable options in the latest round of conference shake-ups.

"As we have indicated consistently, we will take our time in evaluating conference affiliation options," Kustra said in a prepared statement.

Kustra met on campus with Big East Commissioner John Marinatto and Nick Carperelli, the league's senior associate commissioner. Marinatto made a presentation on expanding the Big East and the role a team like Boise State would have as a football-only member.

The No. 5 Broncos are off to a 7-0 start.

The meeting in Idaho's capital city came one day after Marinatto and Carperelli courted Air Force officials in Colorado Springs, Colo., in a bid to reach out to western schools to bolster the conference.


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