LAS VEGAS (AP) - Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson says he tried to make it as difficult as possible for Boise State to leave the league, even offering to drop its restriction against the Broncos wearing their blue football uniforms on their blue turf.
Thompson says the league also discussed using performance to determine the distribution of half of the conference's revenue sharing money.
Boise State's football team is leaving the Mountain West for the Big East next summer and will forfeit an estimated $2.3 million in conference revenue shares for the 2012-13 academic year. The Broncos still would be eligible for $4 million if it qualified for a BCS bowl game, but would have to use that money to cover its expenses.
BSU's other sports programs are joining the Western Athletic Conference.
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