CSU Long Beach’s President Dr. F. King Alexander, Chair of the Big West Board of Directors, announced the addition of San Diego State University as a member of the Big West Conference, effective July 1, 2013. Most of the sports will begin competing in 2013-14. San Diego State will bring all of its sports to the Big West except football, women’s lacrosse, crew, swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field. Water polo will begin competition in spring 2013, and men’s soccer will begin competing in fall 2015.
The Big West Conference is a member of NCAA Division I and includes the University of the Pacific, UC Davis; Cal State Northridge; CSU Long Beach; UC Irvine; UC Santa Barbara; Cal State Fullerton; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; UC Riverside; and The University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, which will become a member effective July 1, 2012.
“Success at attracting both Hawai‘i and now San Diego State is due to its strong stability especially during a very unstable period of national conference realignment. SDSU will bring to the Big West a very large market adding to the national standing of the conference. They are a very good university with a rich history and will fit in very well with the other 10 strong institutions”, said Dr. Alexander.
Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell called the addition of the Aztecs a “game-changer” for the Big West. He also believes it will benefit San Diego State, as it will elevate the conference’s national profile 2012 via stronger media connections.
The Big West has television ties to ESPN and Fox Sports. San Diego State is televised via the mtn network. In comparison, Long Beach State’s basketball team will appear on ESPN several times this season. San Diego State has not appeared on ESPN since 2005.
SDSU’s athletic director Jim Sterk said “The Big West is a great fit for us geographically, academically and athletically.” “Most of our teams and sports already compete against Big West teams in non-conference schedules. There are natural rivalries that will only get more intense.”
“Its television exposure will actually increase dramatically in the Los Angeles/Orange County area,” Farrell said.
Congratulations to San Diego State! Go Aztecs! Now what do I do when the Aztecs face off against the 49ers? 😉