Mountain West Stays at 10, Passes on Utah St. & San Jose St.
Utah State had made sense to many as an attempt by the MWC to recoup the Utah market they lost with the departure of Utah and BYU.
San Jose St. was rumored to be an option last week and it left many scratching their heads. The school has been a virtual non-factor in it’s revenue athletics as a member of the WAC. They have very little fan support and haven’t ever done much in the TV ratings.
But what SJSU provides is simply it’s location in a Comcast heavy region. By bringing in SJSU, the MWC
through Comcast and it’s TV network, The Mtn, will be made available to the large California cable subscriber base. The Mtn will likely be on a higher cable tier, easier to find and available to more Comcast subscribers.
In the past, we’ve always said that market isn’t the deciding factor in expansion: it was a schools penetration into said market. That seems to be changing if SJSU indeed does join the Mountain West.
As for the WAC, if this move materializes this week, the WAC will be down to just a handful of football schools. The 2012 membership would appear to be:
Idaho, New Mexico St., LA Tech, UTSA, and Texas St. Denver would be in for non-football sports. With few available FCS football programs ready to join, the WAC will likely extend invitations to schools such as Seattle and Utah Valley for non-football sports. CSUB is another option, as would Texas-Pan American or even Houston Baptist.
In the Mountain West, if this happens, Boise St. will likely get the divisions it wants:
Mountain: Boise St., Utah St., Wyoming, Colorado St., Air Force, New Mexico
West: Fresno St., SJSU, Nevada, UNLV, SDSU, Hawaii
Cooler heads prevailed. The MWC has opted to remain at 9/10 and not invite Utah St. and San Jose St.