fighting muskie wrote:
Call me crazy, but what if you take those 16 schools and then added 2-4 basketball schools and then split into two leagues for all sports but football you could have a pretty awesome "federation" in the western US. Gonzaga and St Mary's added to the west would be awesome. I'm thinking maybe Denver and Wichita St in the mountain.
Hawaii (FB only)
San Diego St
San Jose St
St Mary's (no FB)
Gonzaga (no FB)
Denver (no FB)
Wichita St (no FB)
1. I assume not including BYU was either assuming they get a Big 12 invite, or a massive typo.
2. The MWC was 65-53 OOC this season, and your Mountain conference was 52-62, so it’s a massive step back for CSU, UNM, WYO, AF.
3. It’s also a step back for Denver. They’d be in a better league, but they’d be seventh in a 10-team league that’s bad and a one-bid league, instead of being the third team in a 7-team terrible one-bid league they could get the auto of.
4. It’s a marginal improvement in league quality for UTEP, Rice, UNT, and UTSA, who go from a terrible 14-team league to a bad 10-team league, but have no shot at winning because THEY’RE THE REASON C-USA and this new Mountain conference are terrible at basketball
5. New Mexico State is a good basketball program not invited.
6. Texas Arlington is better at basketball than Texas San Antonio (but don’t have football)
And finally, and most importantly, I think you’re looking at this backward. The reason the MWC took a massive step back in basketball quality is because they sacrificed basketball for football. Adding basketball-only good schools doesn’t really “help” the basketball schools, who would probably much rather devote their time to creating the best basketball leagues possible.
Instead of a confederation of football schools improving their basketball by dividing into two basketball leagues, they should organize separate leagues for optimum BASKETBALL and create a conference for football that’s like the MPSF (In Water Polo, the MPSF is USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, UC Irvine and San Jose State).