Boise State president Bob Kustra says it is "too late" for the Broncos to join the Big East for the 2012 season.
The Broncos are scheduled to join in 2013, but there was speculation last week that Boise State would be asked to join a year early in order to offset the likely loss of West Virginia to the Big 12.
"It's too late," Kustra told The Idaho Statesman. "I can't imagine how anyone can pull that off. We would never want to pull it off in a fashion that dealt shabbily with our existing partners in the Mountain West. I don't think that could ever work."
West Virginia and the Big East are involved in lawsuits against the other, and no resolution has been made. While the Big East is adamant that the school must wait 27 months before leaving, as dictated by conference bylaws, West Virginia is just as adamant that it will be gone in time for the 2012 season.
The Mountaineers have already begun to make those plans, canceling a scheduled game against Florida State in September in order to make room for a nine-game conference schedule. The Big 12 already has its schedule made, but has yet to release it publicly.
If West Virginia is gone, the Big East would have seven football-playing members for 2012.
Boise State would have to not only move its football team to the Big East much faster than anticipated, it would also have to find a home for its other sports in a timely fashion. And it would really do a disservice to the Mountain West in terms of scheduling as well.
Andrea Adelson is a national college football blogger for ESPN.com.