I listened to that interview on streaming audio last night. It really did sound as though NTU is #1 on his list. Travel partner for La Tech as the primary reason. About the only real positive I heard about Idaho's case is when speaking to the issue of academics and how that is important to a conference. He seemed to rate his priorities in this order.
1. Football strength
4. Basketball strength
Idaho looks to have its work cut out for it. :)
Football strength--Hasn't been the best recently, but that's because we are in a terrible conference, the Sun Belt. It doesn't fit for us regionally and has our recruiting all out of whack.
Geographics--C'mon, how much more Western can you get? We are only 6 hours from the coast, 6 hours from Boise, etc. I think we fit nicely.
Demographics--Yeah, it's hard. But we are growing. Demographics get better if there is a better conference...
Basketball strenght--It's getting better. I think that we would compete well in the WAC.
Image/Academics-- Two words: SLAM DUNK! This isn't a problem at all.
I think that the WAC will invite us because we are a good western member. Even though North Texas would look like a better member, I think they are VERY happy in the Sun Belt. Why leave? They are kinda in the middle so they fit in either a southeastern conference or a west/midwest conference.
One other thing to note is that the WAC knows our response to being invited. HELL YES!!! ;) North Texas isn't as certain. I think that the WAC will invite Idaho and maybe LaTech will wake up and go to the SunBelt. The SunBelt is not too bad of a conference now...