I still can't get over how bad a decision it would be to add UNLV for football-only, not taking advantage of their primary sport, basketball. Not a ton of people into those 110F September days in an outdoor stadium...versus Winter ands Spring basketball games in an air conditioned arena.
Those of us hoping for an 8/8 split 16 school all-sports conference need to realize, it's not what the plan is. Aresco has mad eit pretty clear that the next steps are to take the BE10 all-sports and combine them with the 6 FB only (ECU, Navy, Bosie St., SDSU, Fresno St. and UNLV).
ECU will get the full invite, like always looking at BYU/AFA if the FSU/UNLV thing takes off. Army may also get invovled, and UNM could be #6 too for a nice western league with the fb onlys (minus Navy) and the Texas schools and either Memphis or Tulane. I continue to think Hawaii could be a dark horse candidate here (already in Big West).
Quinn any thoughts on UMass as a fb only to the nBE?
Certainly for the future TV contract, having a 3rd northeast school with Uconn and Temple would help. Extra benefit in that Umass has rivalries with both schools. I think it's a better FB only spot than the MAC, but for it to work, it needs to be all-sports. But that's not likely.
Go figure: the Big East football schools are being left by the basketball hybrid schools...and the response by Big East football schools is to create a football hybrid conference with 6 FB only schools.
Another outside the box thought:
If you have these FB only schools like Boise St., SDSU, UNLV and Fresno St...and you have Hawaii and BYU outside an all-sports conference...at some point, why don't these schools just form their own non-football conference. Would be better than the Big West, that's for sure.