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Boise, San Diego State still committed to Big East move

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After the Big Ten shook up the conference realignment landscape this week by adding Maryland and Rutgers, Boise State and San Diego State reaffirmed their commitments this week to join the Big East.

Rutgers announced Tuesday that it would move to the Big Ten after the 2014 season, leaving behind a conference that it had been part of since the Big East was founded in 1991.

Boise State and San Diego State had previously agreed to join the Big East starting July 1, 2013. Both schools are currently members of the Mountain West Conference.

"As previously stated, we are committed to the Big East Conference and intend to strengthen our conference with members who can contribute to a strong league," Boise State president Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman.

San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk also said the Aztecs remain on board with the conference change.

"I can say the Big East took a hit," San Diego State Athletic Director Jim Sterk said. "It may take some others, but I can tell you the league will continue to be strong."

Reports indicated that both schools might be reconsidering after the Big Ten's announcement. Kustra and Sterk disputed those reports.

Sterk told the Statesman that the Big East makes economic sense because of increased exposure and television revenue.

"It's significantly stronger than what we have right now," Sterk said. "We are part of and moving forward with a national football conference. We made a strategic decision to do that last December and nothing has changed. ... It's more important for our program to grow and move forward and not go backward."
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