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STATE BOARD GIVES IDAHO, BOISE ST. OK TO MOVE UP

The University of Idaho and Boise State might be headed toward a higher level of football competition.

The state Board of Education voted 4-3 to allow both schools to pursue entry into the Division I-A Big West Conference, leaving the Big Sky Conference. The Big Sky is Division I-AA in football but Division I in other sports.Idaho and Boise State might have given themselves a big boost last weekend. Both played and defeated Division I-A teams, Idaho dumping Nevada Las-Vegas and Boise beating archrival Nevada, already a member of the Big West.

On Wednesday, the expansion committee of the Big West gave its approval to four schools, Idaho, Boise State, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and North Texas State.

The league's presidents' council will make the final decision, expected to be announced in a couple of weeks.

Boise State meets NCAA requirements to move up, with plans to join the Big West for the 1996 school year.

The Vandals want an NCAA attendance waiver, because Idaho meets neither the I-A requirements of a 30,000-seat stadium or averaging 17,000 fans a season.