I'm up for a good challenge...
New Mexico - flagship university in a state with an increasing population, new state for the PAC Network
Colorado State - completes State of Colorado which is an affluent state with an increasing population
15th *Associate* Member is Hawaii for Olympic Sports and football consideration ala Notre Dame and the ACC (currently).
I'm on board with New Mexico, not so much so with Colorado St. and partial Hawaii membership. I would rather Scott add a Nevada school (preferably Nevada-Reno) and go for the homerun with a full Notre Dame offer. I have hope Scott could subdue the Irish beast.
My first thoughts are:
San Diego State
What was the reasoning on the number 15 for the conferences?
I respect the hell out of BYU, but I don't see the value of adding a second school in a state like Utah. The Pac 12 has a PC Utah school with the Utes, and they cover the bigger Salt Lake City as opposed to Provo. Plus the California schools wouldn't be okay with the whole culture difference of a BYU. That's not even mentioning the whole Sunday thing.
San Diego St. and UNLV could become great additions over time and provide great media markets. But again, the California schools would be against adding a state school they view is academicly inferior to them (never mind them being a California school, which doesn't help either)
UNLV could have a chance if they continue their current investment in upgrading both there academics and athletics, but I can't help but think Scott and the presidents would prefer Nevada-Reno. There much more advanced in both academics and athletics, plus there is room to expand because of the land. Plus they already are specialize in medicine, and UNLV are still trying to find an identity. Upgrading the Nevada University could be the last spark that is needed to push Reno over the edge in terms of sexiness. With the Tesla grab bringing more jobs, Reno is going to be seen by major corporations as a great option in a state with less taxes than California. I truly believe a Reno addition would be the better investment long term not just for Nevada, but the West Coast overall adding another potential top 30 media market one day in Reno.
And as for the 15 schools, I went back and read on these forum's that 15 schools was the ultimate end goal of autonomy. As seen on the ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 threads.
PAC 12 fan since 2011, Bruins fan from birth.
Yes, I know the AZ schools are in the wrong order.