If just for fun's sake, lets assume La. Tech and N. Texas play in the same conf. in 2005. Which one has more upside for them as a tandem? I think if they put themselves out there as a "package deal" thier negotiating power increases dramatically. Thoughts?
Economics puts Louisiana and North Texas in the WAC only in the court of last resort. The problem with the WAC is that the core members want out ASAP.
I don't think that UNT alone will go to the WAC as a partner to Louisiana Tech unless it becomes necessary to remain in a 1-A football league. I think UL will take any opportunity that includes both UNT and LTU if presented.
If I had to guess on LTU's future, it would be CUSA. If they don't get into CUSA and UNT doesn't join the WAC I can't see LTU being able to oust UL Monroe as a precondition to their joining. However, ULM is vulnerable because they are a football-only member. They had a chance to join for all sports in 2002 but their president wouldn't commit at that time.
Evidently the Mountain West folks either can't get enough votes for any expansion candidate or TCU is trying to negotiate for more concessions because of their remote geographic location. I really don't understand the wisdom of a TCU-MWC partnership from either side. If I were the MWC I would take Fresno State and Boise State due to the enthusiastic fan support.
I wish this could get settled soon because it seems like so many are adversely affected when one or two conferences decide they want to better themselves.