Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo sports threw it out there in his ranking of BYU destinations. But in all seriousness, could that happen in the next few years? It's not like BYU hasn't done it before... they were leading the charge out of the 16-team WAC.
If the goal is to come up with a better TV deal that the MTN Network, and chase BCS status, and be the "best-of" conference of MWC, C-USA, WAC, etc... you'd end up with:
San Diego St
Tulsa or SMU
All top 100 markets (4, 6, 17, 30, 41, 53, 54, 57, 68, 83, 85, 91). Best possible football programs with BYU, TCU, Boise State and pretty good in hoops (33 NCAA bids since 2000).
What kind of TV deal could they get?
(And the fall out would be....
C-USA would add: Charlotte, Temple, North Texas and Texas St.
EAST: UCF/UAB, East Carolina/Charlotte, Temple/Marshall,
WEST: Southern Miss/Tulane, Rice/Texas St, SMU/North Texas
Mountain West/WAC remnants combine for a nine-team conference:
Air Force, Wyoming, San Jose St, Hawai'i, Nevada, New Mexico St, Louisiana Tech, Utah St, Idaho.
Sun Belt at eight (loses UNT).
If BYU wanted to create a "Best of" conference that is capable of landing a better television deal than the Mtn. and chasing BCS status then they should take the following:
BYU (of course)
Nine team conference, three elite schools, the other six are all solid programs that are capable of being competitive in any given year.