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Boise State wants to add baseball

University president Bob Kustra wants it to happen as soon as 2017

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State’s new athletic director Curt Apsey should expect to hit the ground running when he officially comes on board on August 1st. One of the projects awaiting him could be raising money to expand the athletic program to allow adding another sports team: men’s baseball.

On the day BSU president Bob Kustra announced his of choice athletic director, he also declared that he wanted to add baseball to Boise State’s sports resume. At present the Broncos field 20 sporting programs. Adding baseball would not be the first time it was one of the university’s sports program. Boise State played intercollegiate baseball from 1971 through the 1980 season as members of the Big Sky Conference. Due to budget restrictions, BSU discontinued the baseball program following the 1980 season after the Big Sky also dropped the sport.

Currently, seven of the 12 Mountain West schools play varsity baseball and Boise State would give the conference eight. The Broncos would join Air Force, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the Mountain West Conference.

Kustra is right when he says there is a lot of interest in the area in having Boise State as a NCAA team.  The Broncos already field a very successful club baseball team that plays in the Northern Pacific-South Conference and they can also be viewed on Facebook.

One concern on adding a NCAA sanctioned program has been the effect it would have on Title IX.  But Kustra is  putting those fears to rest.  He pointed out that adding baseball would not infringe on Title IX and that Boise State was "in good shape as far as gender equity right now."