San Jose State and Utah State were tapped largely for their media markets, and to put pressure on Comcast. The only other FBS options at the time were NMSU, Idaho, or expand eastward into Texas. The C-USA schools didn't move, so the last two picks were clear.
SJSU makes for a geographically friendly rival of both Nevada and Fresno State as well.
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Ok, SJSU got into the league for their market and proximity to three other schools. Which is decent reasoning for the MWC.
Now, what can the MWC do about SJSU's total lack of competitiveness in bb?
Is it worth it to have the market and fb program in San Jose just to have a severe drawback in another sport?
SJSU only sponsors 5 out of the 8 MWC men's sports(fb, bb, bb, golf, cc). Which is essentially, slightly over half a full member.
The MWC doesn't make the best money in G5...why not try to do what it takes to improve that by improving the quality of programs?