The only schools who will survive at the non-BCS IA level will have 30,000+ students and a large metro home base from which to pull support. Or have a winning tradition.
Uhh, I'm not so sure about that. I believe San Jose State fits one of your descriptions and they're talking like they might be out of I-A soon. Perhaps the only schools that will survive at non-BCS level will have 30,000+ students, a large metro home base to get support from, and have a winning tradition, or a firm committment to I-A from that school's administration??
Idaho is remote and has a small student body compared to other WAC schools. More bodies=more student fees. More citizens in your town=more opportunities to sell tickets.
No doubt U of Idaho is remote. It's located in the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest (how many posters can actually show me where that is, besides Pounder, ;D ) where cows probably outnumber people. (reminds me of Drain, Oregon) Despite the disadvantages you mention, SacAttack, Idaho does have a strong committment to I-A from its administration, something San Jose State does not have. Could Idaho's student body increase? Possibly, but it's not going to happen with Idaho competing in the Sunbelt, where it's already bleeding red ink all over the place. Think about it, Sac Attack, which schools would you like to see more: Boise State, Hawaii, and Utah State or UL-Monroe, Florida International, and Troy State?
I rest my case. ;)
The 'sleeping giant' known as Sac State is awakening.
At least Sac State has visuals and donors lined up. More than I can say for Idaho.
Best of luck UI, you are a respected institution, just located in BFE.
Very interesting information on Sacramento State, btw.