Board gives Boise State clearance to join Big East

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Board of Education has given Boise State its consent to join the Big East Conference.

The board voted 7-1 Thursday to give university president Bob Kustra authority to move Boise State out of the Mountain West Conference and into the Big East.

Kustra told trustees he has had ongoing discussions with Big East representatives, though the school has yet to receive a formal invitation to join the conference.

Kustra says being a Big East member means more revenue for athletics and puts the Broncos in a conference that automatically qualifies to send a team to the Bowl Championship Series — a feature lacking with membership in the MWC.

The Big East is interested only in Boise State's football team.