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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:47 pm 
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I wonder if CUSA makes a play for the leftovers since their geography might be a better fit. Especially if UCF were gone.

CUSA could look like:

Marshall, UAB, Memphis, USM, Tulane, Houston, Rice
kansas, Kansas St., Iowa St., Tulsa, Baylor, SMU, UTEP



Or what is the Big12-4 made a play to invite some select MWC, CUSA and Big East schools?

Kansas, Kansas St., Iowa St., Louisville, Cincy, WVU
Colorado St., Utah, BYU, UNLV, New Mexico, UTEP

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:49 pm 
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Salt Lake Tribune article with comments from MWC Commish regarding possible future league expansion at http://www.sltrib.com/D=g/ci_15269488


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:58 am 
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ESPN...Boise St. to the Mountain West today

must mean that the B12(5) are going east or trying to form a conference

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:28 pm 
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FresnoStAlum,thanks for the post.

Here is official release from MWC site at http://www.themwc.com/genrel/061110aaa.html


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:29 pm 
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Perhaps, FSA. Could mean nothing more than BSU gives the MWC the BCS autobid. If the situations are right, the MWC could still goto 12 or 14.

Could also mean:
1) MWC is preparing to lose Utah (no Texas moves to P10)
2) Texas A&M goes to SEC and Kansas to Pac-10 as #16 (MWC would put BSU at top over choices KSU, Baylor, Iowa St)
3) B12 (5) join with Big East schools
4) simply that BSU is the best school for the conference, regardless of what happens and that IF they can get Kansas/KSU, they'd simply expand to 12...if they wanted Baylor and Houston to grab the Texas market, they can goto 14.


Done Deal: Boise St. to MWC
http://news.collegesportsinfo.com/2010/ ... -west.html

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:35 am 
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Ft Worth Telegram article discussing MWC expansion situation at http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/06/11 ... -west.html


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MWC MB thread discussing above posted linked article from FtWorth regarding possible future MWC realignment.Link at http://www.mwcboard.com/www/forums/inde ... opic=25041


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:22 pm 
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I think Boise State would be a great fit in the MWC. The conference actually decided to stick with geography for once, and hopefully it will pay off.

It's even more interesting given that BSU beat MWC member TCU in the Fiesta Bowl earlier this year, so you could say it was something of a tune-up for joining the MWC. And so far, every MWC member, current and future, once was in the WAC.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:06 pm 
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I'm working the phones today, trying to get some updates on the brewing Big 12 scenario. Looks like they might remain united. The real "huh" is the rumor that BYU and Air Force could be in play to expand to 12. Question is why would Texas, etc, stay if it means more mouths to feed (at 12). At 10, Texas makes more money. At 12, and losing Nebraska and Colorado, it's a worse conference. But ESPN is willing to overpay to keep the Pac-10/Fox from creating a TV network WITH Texas, Oklahoma.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:06 am 
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So now it looks like the biggest questions are:

1. Does the Pac 10 take away Utah from the MWC, forming the Pac 12 (seems likely)?
2. Does the MWC stay at 9 with Boise replacing Utah, or do they go to 10 or 12? Do schools like Houston, UTEP, Tulsa, SMU, Fresno State, Nevada make sense or not at this time?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:07 pm 
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There might be a chance that Utah will decline a Pac 10 invite. If the Mountain West is all but guaranteed a BCS auto bid they might stay were they have a better chance of getting to the BCS game. I think the Pac 10 might be stuck with a team they might not want maybe like UNLV or something.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:13 pm 
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To reiterate, the only reason the Pac-10 considered expanding to 16 schools was to get Texas. They are the only school that would justify financially making such a move. There is no reason for anyone to think that the Pac-10 would expand beyond 12 in the near future, as there are no candidates that would justify it (i.e. make the other 12 members money).

As for Utah, they will in no way pass on a Pac-10 invite. Not a chance. Colorado joined the Pac-10, leaving the Big 12. If the Pac-10 said to Utah that if you join, you can't ever play BYU again in OOC...and Utah would still join the Pac-10. The only thing that would stop Utah from joining the Pac-10 would be to not get an invite. And all signs point to that happening.

If Utah PASSED on an invite to the Pac-10, I'd eat my hat.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:05 pm 
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davids wrote:
I am seeing signs that the Montana head politics are backing down on trying to get Montana State to go with Montana. I think they want Montana to go to the MWC where that conference can get an auto bid for a BCS bowl game. The MWC would not want Montana State, but they may take Montana who is a powerhouse team.

Utah declines the invite which would make 9.

Now, if the Texas schools formed a new SWC with TCU as their flag ship? You might see a strong SWC in a few years get evaulated for an auto as well.

Now, you might see just these teams.

Utah
BYU
Air Force
UNLV
San Diego State
Boise State
Colorado State
Wyoming

New Mexico could go with TCU to formed the new SWC with other Texas schools.

Now the teams that could replaced the schools and add more teams to get the conference up to 12. La. Tech could also joined the new SWC from the WAC.

Montana
UNR
Fresno State
Cal.-Davis
Cal.-Irvine if they add football as well which would bring the Los Angelas market.
Hawaii
San Jose State (I added them because their football team in some years very good, but in others as bad.)


If Utah goes? What would stopped TCU from leaving to formed the new SWC with some C-USA schools, New Mexico and a couple of WAC schools?




David, discussing Utah REJECTING a Pac-10 offer is like saying that UTEP in CUSA would pass on a Big 12 invite. Why would a school that wants to be in the Pac-10, has made it clear they want in the Pac-10, would love to be in a conference with the CA schools and Colorado, now back out to make less money in the MWC? They wouldn't. The Pac-10 is a BCS conference and will always be. The MWC MIGHT be at some point, perhaps soon. But NO school is going to turn down that BCS lock as well as a potential $15 million boost (MWC schools make $1.5 million, Pac-12 expected to near $17 million within 4 years).



And while losing Utah might hurt the MWC, they are still in a better situation with Boise St. joining, a huge boost.

So the idea of current MWC schools like New Mexico leaving for a weaker conference (your blend of CUSA schools) is off base.

And the MWC would have no reason to add FCS schools like Cal Poly and UC Davis...which was D2 not long ago.


There's a great thread called the "Dream Conferences for Fun" thread. Your idea is a very interesting one that is certainly a great addition to that thread. But for realistic MWC scenarios, it's a bit of a stetch. You should report it over on the DCforFun thread as I'm sure it would gain some interest.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:30 pm 
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ESPN report(previously posted in another thread)that Utah will be announcing it's long anticipated move to the PAC 10 as early as Friday.Link at http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5293329

Edit:Release from PAC 10 site indicating that Utah Presser is scheduled for tomorrow at 1pm local.Link at http://www.pac-10.org/genrel/061610aaa.html


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:43 pm 
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If Utah is joining, BYU fans will probably want the Cougars in the Pac-10 as well. Which leaves the Mountain West with 8 schools. If Hawaii joins the Pac-10 to bring that conference to 14, then Fresno State would probably join the MWC.


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