"The Trouble with Hawaii"
Arguably the best title for any of our threads! ;D ;D ;D I needed this after last night's dismal performance by GT. (Not that it surprised me, but as a fan I'm supposed to take the losses hard, right?!)
That Hawaii continues to participate in the NCAA confounds me, and I can't fully understand the economies of scale and business ties they're exploiting to allow the school to shuttle 60+ people to and fro enough to field a team in any conference, let alone one with members in Tulsa and Ruston, La! I feel DNC hit the nail on the head here, a point which highlights the big difference between the MWC and the WAC. The average MWC school has enrollment of more than 20-25k and has attendances of more than 30k per game (2002). The WAC schools, meanwhile, average around 15k enrollment and about 23k per game. What's more, while the WAC has some big-name Texas markets, they're also competing for attention against some of the marquee programs in the country.
The MWC schools feel more like SEC and Big 12 schools, larger institutions with football pedigree. They'll show up whether Hawaii is 1-7 or 7-1. I just don't see that happening at Rice or Tulsa. This factor is more critical as Hawaii relies on the credibility of the football program to promote the school and, possibly, make money.
I agree that they're #3 on the MWC list of target invitees, but would not be surprised to see that conference automatically go to 12 members IF they could get exactly who they wanted. Given the state of sports today, who knows?
Once more, any word on the efforts for the WAC to have members sign committment papers?
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