What do Big East changes mean for Bronco Nation?

What do Big East changes mean for Bronco Nation?
(KBOI) - The Big East Conference will be without Rutgers come 2014. Their exit has some wondering about the stability and future of the conference.

Rutgers is just the latest of four schools to leave or announce their intent to leave in 2012, 13, or 14. That number jumps to five schools if you include Notre Dame's non-football programs heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco tried to calm his remaining member institutions with this statement on Tuesday morning.

Following the rutgers big ten announcement this morning ... big east commissioner ... mike aresco ... issued this statement.

"Although we are disappointed that Rutgers has decided to leave the Big East Conference, we wish them well. They have been a valued member of the Conference for many years.

"We realize that conference realignment is currently a fact of life in college sports. In the context of this realignment, changes in our membership have been taking place, including important additions. In fact, the Big East has expanded its scope with new members in California, Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

"As a result, the Big East has created a unique national football conference that is a factor in the BCS Championship, remains the nation's strongest basketball conference top to bottom, and is a major force across the full spectrum of men's and women's college sports. We remain committed to, and confident in, the continued growth and vitality of the Big East Conference."

Bronco Nation hopes growth and vitality remain, but if key members of this Conference continue to leave especially during TV rights negotiations, it doesn't bode well.

In an email via BSU's Athletic Department, Dr. Bob Kustra told KBOI 2 Sports he and Athletic Director Mark Coyle have been in discussions with the Big East Monday, and Tuesday, but there's nothing new to report at this point.

He concluded by saying, "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".