From the Big 12 thread...
Fresno St. Alum wrote:
My twitter feed is saying that Texas, Kansas, Kansas St, and Iowa St all want to add Lville, Cinncy and WVU; while OU, OSU, Tech, and Baylor want to add TCU and BYU. Most seem to think that Lville and BYU (funny how far apart they are) will get invites but the battle will be whether to add WVU, TCU, Houston or Cinncy. TCU adds another Texas school which many see as big positive or big negative with good fb/baseball but no new market penetration. Houston adds mediocre athletics but a helps keep the Houston market in the Big 12 footprint since A&M and LSU have a big foothold their now. Cinncy is much like Houston but offers a nice travel partner to go with Lville. BYU and WVU both add great athletics but they a pretty far away from the rest of the schools, BYU adds a big new market in SLC and their Mormon following, but WVU would be closer to Lville/Cinncy if they are added.
So at the end of the day it seems to me that adding the Lville, Cinncy, WVU combo works great and makes the most sense, and TCU would be okay but BYU would be better, and Houston basically has no shot.
So the question is does adding the market/following and great sports of BYU offset the extra travel costs/problems assuming the conference is moving east, if yes add BYU, if no, TCU is a great close to home option that could help round out the 12 team conference.
I hope you're right. It would likely mean TCU comes back to us.
and that yall could get the Big East's AQ and grab Houston for a nice 12 team league.
I know Air Force doesn't want to play more than 8 conference games but if they ever went to 14 UTEP and Utah St would be great options; and SMU and San Jose St would be good for 16 (evens out the powers on both sides)...and if Air Force did decide to leave and go Indy like Army/Navy yall could always replace them with Tulsa.
I still think that adding Gonzaga as a non football school would be an awesome way to offset Hawaii, I guess Seattle could work too but the Zags would make the MWC a great bball league especially if they also add Utah St. I think they may want to join since BYU wouldn't be in the WCC anymore, and I bet they would rather play teams like SD St in bball and TCU in baseball than St Mary's and...Loyola or Pepperdine?
MWC West: Hawaii/Gonzaga, SD St, Fresno St, Boise St, Nevada, UNLV (maybe Utah St & SJSU)
MWC East: Wyoming, CO St, Air Force, New Mexico, TCU, and Houston (maybe UTEP & SMU/Tulsa)
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