Becoming an Independent you say? You got to be kidding, right? Denver must join a conference that represents its area like the Mountain West or Big Sky or the Pac-10. But I don't know about you thinking about this, guys. I'm just expressing a future re-alignment. That's all.
Denver in the MWC, PAC-10, WAC? ??? You have to be kidding right. You must not no alot about the University of Denver. It has no football, so that means no MWC or PAC-10. PAC-10 wouldn't add Denver. Big Sky is an I-AA conference but football is big for that league and they wouldn't take a non football school. It bascially leaves the Mid-Con, Big West, WCC, or MVC as close leagues for Denver. Big West likes it all California bus league now. MVC is becoming a league that challenges for the top spot after the BCS schools. So they are out. That leaves Mid-Con or WCC. I doubt WCC is going to add Denver, so that leaves the Mid-Con.
Believe it or not, Commissioner Benson of the WAC has publicly mentioned Denver as a possible 10th WAC school. With 9 football and 10 basketball members, that type alignment becomes very favorable for scheduling. Don't count Denver out of the WAC or even the WCC or MVC (but do count them out of the MWC). If Denver wins the SunBelt and makes the NCAA, they may get much more attention this spring. The Mid Con and the Big Sky are step downs that Denver has refused offers from.
As far as dropping down to D2 or D3, Denver's recent hockey championships have helped expand their financials - almost equivalent to getting to the BB round of 32. ONly Denver gets to keep their whole take, as it is not sent to the Sun Belt. If Denver was D2 or D3, the NCAA would only pay their expenses and not reward them financially from the DI hockey tournament, which pays more than any other NCAA tournament except men's BBall.