It's the best situation Idaho could hope for given their desire to remain at the FBS level. However, even the above article implied Idaho would be in the SunBelt temporary until a new western conference develops or wishfully and unlikely anytime soon, something opens up for them in the MWC. Though they had a prior relationship, it's a geographic extreme even for just fb. It's hard to say what the SunBelt will get from this beyond the travel expense. Maybe it's about exposure there, or fewer good options, or the network urged it.
Obviously, Idaho does not want to relinquish FBS status and fully transition back to the Big Sky. Sometimes face-saving and unrealistic ambitions get in the way of practicality.
NMSU may be better served to take all-sports into the SB, given the added Texas presence in the conference. Though NMSU is at the far end of the conference, it would fit, particularly with divisional set-up.
First, Congrats Louisvillecard01.
Second, I don't think its outragious that Idaho could convince 6 western FCS member to move up to reform a verision of the WAC with them and NMSU. Off the top of my head Montana, Montana St, Cal Poly, UC Davis, and Sac St are all easy candidates along with Eastern Washington, Portland St, and Weber St as remote posssibilities. And I'm sure if they had no other options they could reach into Texas for Lamar, SHSU, and possibly SFA.
Getting into the Big Sky was huge for them all they have to do is sweet talk a few presidents and they could get the majority of the Big Sky conference to upgrade letting the few schools that won't be able (like Northern Colorado, Idaho St, Southern Utah, and Northern Arizona) to continue playing FCS football but still stay in the conference.
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