The Big West all but excommunicated football schools Boise State, Idaho, New Mexico State, North Texas, Utah State, and the like because (1) they saw their advantage in cutting travel costs, and (2) they thought they were better off riding the basketball wave.
Well, if Utah State and Boise State are too far away for the Big West, I sure as Hades don't have to tell you what they think of the Dakota schools.
I also find it funny that this prefaced the rise of the WCC, and I'm not sure that's a coincidence. The schools the Big West could have kept that have made some noise in the tournament lately (Nevada, Utah State) are the flagships they never knew they needed... though those schools were probably always going to aim for the WAC. Just think, however, where the WAC would be now if the Big West had fought for their schools. You pay a price for listening more to UC Irvine and Fullerton State than you do New Mexico State, strangely enough.
If BYU and Utah jump ship from the MWC, then you might see the Big West reborn as the WAC.