The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that, as expected, Boise State has given the Mountain West Conference written notice that it intends to leave the conference and join the Big East for football while it searches for a home for its other sports. The report states:
As expected, Boise State sent its letter of resignation to the Mountain West Conference on Saturday, according to UNLV president Neal Smatresk. The letter arrived ahead of a midnight Saturday deadline for Boise State to notify the MWC of whether the school intended to follow through on its plan to leave the conference after the 2012-13 academic year - primarily for the football team to move to the Big East Conference.
The move is welcome news for the Big East, which also welcomes Temple to the conference officially in just a few minutes. You can read the rest of the report here. Boise State will begin playing football in the Big East in 2013.
Update: A few minutes after the report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman confirmed the report that Boise State has officially given its notice.
Have gotten confirmation that Boise state sent letter to all 10 mountain west presidents shortly before 10 pm mountain.— Brian Murphy (@murphsturph) July 1, 2012