San Jose is unlikely to make the 1A cut and you guys think the MWC should consider them? Geography/market are factors that come into play, but the quality of a program will be the most influencial.
solid, or struggling program that got a major break and got into a better conference in their region
would grow, because it would draw fan interest, more television coverage, and more fans could travel with their team play on the road.
The problem is that nearby schools want to maintain a perceived edge over their neighbor in recruiting, media exposure, and frankly fear competition, and will fight to keep them out. That's why the lower tier conferences will never challenge the Big 10, SEC, ACC, etc. for supremacy. These major conferences were formed before the television age, and have a geographical advantage over the mid-major conferences. A big reason they initially got big is because the schools were close together and rivalries were allowed to develop. The mid-majors will not give themselves the chance to let this phenomenon evolve.
I understand why TCU wants into the Mountain West, but I really think that the geography problem, with the closest rival being a 10-hour drive away, will work against them if they join.