Spending half my time in WY, I have followed the MWC for years. Once a tough, promising conference, they have been wounded by the loss of Utah, BYU, TCU and the diminishing strength of Boise St. The Mountain cable channel folded. Now the MWC is simply a weakened mirror of the AAC and CUSA, albeit with better scenery.
Which is why it's important to add a quality institution.
Gonzaga....might not be a perfect fit...but, who is?
BTW, has Gonzaga had only one coach this whole time? If so...Damn. Who is it? Must be Sainted by now??
I can't ever figure out what direction those schools(mwc) wants to head? They were all in the WAC...then that wasn't cool...so everyone bolts to a conference with a different name...but, containing almost the same lineup. It's just hard to keep up with.
The only real problem with not adding a team....is....there are 4 schools that only sponsor 5 sports within the conference(not a huge problem but, easily fixable)...and one sponsors 6 sports.
In picking up...one non-fb school....they can hand pick a market, size of school, quality of all of the above...and so on. Something that could enhance everything that they are struggling to acquire.
Gonzaga is very similar to Baylor, TCU, SMU or Rice(without fb, of course)...in the Texas market. They are roughly the same size schools, with law schools, and fair support for most athletic teams. But, again....it doesn't have to be Gonzaga....I just thought they had much to offer....to a group that needs some more options to jump ahead of their competing conferences.