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Boise State gets largest cut of Mountain Wests record distribution

Boise State gets largest cut of Mountain Wests record distribution
Published On: Mon, Jun 08
Sep 21, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Gus Edwards (7) runs with the ball against the Savannah State Tigers in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 77-7. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Mountain West Conference will distribute a record $47 million to its member institutions this season, and once again, Boise State will get the largest share " by a large margin.

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told the Idaho Statesman on Thursday that Boise State will receive $5.3 million from the conference, plus get a little more than $4.1 million for the Broncos appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. Last year, the conference distributed $29 million, but the College Football Playoffs first year " and the Broncos appearance in it " helped bumped up that total significantly this season.

Last year, Boise State got $3.7 million from the conference, which also was the most. Thompson said Fresno State will get $4.9 million this year, with Nevada and Utah State expected to get more than $4 million. The Broncos again were aided by getting the most TV bonus money, earning more than $2 million.

The conference members school presidents met with Thompson for three days in Park City, Utah, concluding on Tuesday. Among the topics addressed were:

" Many discussions involved cost of attendance, concussion protocol, the leagues competitive success and improving scheduling, Thompson said. Nevada is the only school not expected to cover cost of attendance next academic year, but will the following. He said eight or nine of the 12 Mountain West schools are capable of providing cost of attendance to every scholarship athlete.

"Utah State got a little over $1.5 million from the state legislature, and Colorado State is using (former football coach) Jim McElwains buyout, in part, so there are some creative ways to help with that," Thompson said.

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