Boise State no longer candidate for Big 12 expansion

The candidates for Big 12 expansion are beginning to narrow down. On Thursday, the Boise State Broncos became the latest program to announce they are no longer a candidate for the conference realignment.

Boise State follows in the footsteps of East Carolina, who announced Wednesday night they were also out of consideration.

Boise State president Bob Kustra confirmed the news, stating there was interest from the Broncos in joining the Big 12 but the talks were never advanced enough to lure the team from the Mountain West.

The statement read:

We will always explore opportunities to put our university and our students in the best position for success. In this case, we believe we provided the necessary information for the beginning stages of the process, but the conversations didn’t get far enough to spark a deep analysis on what the partnership could have meant to either Boise State or the Big 12. We remain confident that our membership in the Mountain West Conference provides tremendous opportunities for our student-athletes in all sports. We wish the best to the Big 12 as they move forward.

ESPN previously reported the finalists for Big 12 expansion are Air Force, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Houston, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Temple, Tulane, UCF, UConn and USF.

Many believe it will ultimately come down to BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and Memphis. Only time will tell.

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