i would stop one step short of swapping teams between the wac and mwc. there's a tendency on our parts to try to force realignment along geographic lines, when the existing set-up already works.
i'd like to see two 9-team conferences (which i prefer to 8-teamers):
san diego state
new mexico state
the real killer for the wac has been having hawaii in the same conference as tulsa, smu and rice. way too much ground. on that i will agree. the flight from houston to fresno is only half the distance as it would be to hawaii, making this a lot more workable.
or, you could just make hawaii an independent. has there ever been a better candidate (other than notre dame)? they could schedule 9 home games if they wanted to, bring in the revenues, and only travel stateside to play san diego state, ucla, fresno, etc. keep their bowl affiliation, match up with an at-large.
just throwing ideas out there.
Not too bad of an idea sbro. The main problem w/ hawaii is not so much the football team, but rather bball and other low revenue sports.
Think back to the disintegration of the 16 team WAC. Both Fresno and Hawaii were not invited. According to one MWC poster on another board (Wild West Wars, I think), Fresno takes waaay too many Prop 48s to be considered for MWC consideratiobn. Hawaii doesn't have the academics problem, but you still have the distance problem, even with the MWC. I believe that every MWC member, with the exception of BYU and Air Force, did not want Hawaii in the conference because of travel distance, and that's why Hawaii wasn't invited to the MWC. The problem with Hawaii being independent is again, the non-revenue sports like volleyball, baseball, and golf. Even ND found the going tough in that department, and that's why they accepted BE membership in all sports but football. The best conference for Hawaii to be in is the Pac 10. The distance isn't too bad from the Pac 10 schools to Hawaii, which makes it a real plus. And I'm not just saying this just because I'm a big Hawaii to the Pac 10 advocate. I'm saying this because it's the truth!!