Well, the good news for the WAC is that it appears no one will be leaving for the MWC for at least a few years. While we all wanted our team in the MWC, we are relieved to not have been left behind. A loss of more than one WAC team could have been fatal. I think this conference can be pretty good if it can be kept together for a while.
Good points white guy (You don't happen to be Dave Mathews do you? He refers to himself as a non-discript white guy often).
The WAC, IMO, is on its way to being a good srong conference, IF it can figure out a way to stay together. As an FSU alum I have to admit that I was pulling for the Dogs to get an invite, but now I find myself relieved that the MWC has looked eastward.
IMO, no WAC team is slated now to get an invite unless the MWC goes to 12, something I believe won't happen in the forseeable future now that TCU is a member. The divisions don't work well no matter how you slice them with TCU + any three others. If they decide to go to 10, it will be a Texas school (probably Houston).
The TCU invite has given the WAC a future and they have an opportunity to make it a golden one. FSU, BSU, and Hawai'i are three strong mid-majors that all show the ability to sustain their success. UTEP and Nevada seem to be on the way to respectability. They both have shown a new dedication to fb by their coaching hires. Price is, IMO, one of the best coaches out there. If he can win at Wazzu, he will win at UTEP. Ault got the whole state exited about Nevada football once and could very well do it again. That could be five strong teams in the next couple years, a solid core.
USU and NMSU should show some improvement, being in a more suitable conference than the Sun Belt. How much though is anybodies guess. I hope they do well. SJSU...well that may be an issue, but they are trying to enhance the capus experience with a new staff/student super dorm etc. That may get some community support built.
Idaho needs to be added. I know they suck, their facilities suck, and their financial situation sucks, but they are the ONLY remaining 1A program in the Pacific and Mountain time zones. If they could only get their act together, they have shown they can be competitive. They used to beat both BSU and Nevada on a regular basis. The WAC needs them as an insurance policy if nothing else...remember SJSU.
North Texas?...Don't know, they don't fit the geography, have no history with any other schools, and really aren't that good afterall. IMO, not right now.
Also, IMO, the presidents need to understand that no invite will come before the next BCS contract (6-7 years) and sign a binding no MWC agreement or a $5.000.000 exit like Big East for at least that span. Stability is the one thing the MWC has over the potential of the WAC. The WAC becomes stable...look out.