Boise State Not Heading East

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Big East Conference continues to lose teams, this time it loses one that never even played a game in the conference.

Boise State announced Monday, that it will not join the Big East in 2013 and instead will stay in the Mountain West Conference. Boise State becomes the 14 team in the last two years to leave the Big East.

“As I’ve stated many times, I have had the utmost trust that the university would make the right decision in what is best for Bronco football and all our sports at Boise State,” Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen said in the statement. “This innovative proposal to get football the maximum exposure on national television will be a tremendous boost to our program as we continue to grow the Bronco brand.

The Broncos will have to pay a $5 million exit fee to the Big East, which sources of ESPN say will be partly taken care of by the Mountain West.

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