It would be better if Boise State and San Diego State follow Hawaii on joining the Big West for all sports, and still competing in the Mountain West for football only.
I could not disagree more. The goal should always be to have all-sports conferences and stay away from hybrids, in my opinion. Its one thing to have a single "hybrid" option like ND in the ACC or Hawaii in the MWC. But for Boise St. and SDSU to downgrade their basketball to the Big West versus being in the MWC where their football is...not a wise option in my opinion.
I can understand your point. But then Hawaii should be an all-sports member of the Mountain West instead of only football. After all, along with Boise State and San Diego State, were all former members of the now-defunct FBS football-sponsoring transitioning to D-I non-football conference within the WAC.
Again, I disagree. Hawaii is expensive for the other schools in it's conference. They already have to subsidize the member schools of it's conference. Are they a benefit for football? Yes, since only 4-5 schools need to travel there. Also, for football, if you schedule Hawaii, you get to play an extra game each year (=more $$$). But for basketball and your non-revenue sports, the benefits are minimal.
It's also a pain just getting there.
So if it means for football, sure, there are benefits. But for other sports, Hawaii is a problem. That is why the MWC didn't invite them for all-sports, just for football. For the Big West, the subsidies help them financially. But the MWC has TV money that makes them less attractive as a member.