i highly doubt the wac would let san jose stay for football only. that would kill any chance at recruting another all sports fbs member from california as well as put the wac in deeper jeopardy of losing fbs status. they have to have 8 all sports members who play football to remain an fbs conference. if lamar does not move up as expected they could lose their fbs status which would prevent them from inviting fcs upgrades and therefore permanently kill the an fbs wac
I disagree. They need 8 football playing members to be an FBS conference (and I'm pretty sure they don't need 8 full time members to stay in D-1 and of course their FBS status is completely unrelated to their D-I status). By allowing SJSU (and in turn Idaho) stay as football only members, they significantly cut down on travel costs in other sports. It's win-win for everyone involved. The WAC seems to realize that their future is as a Texas centered conference and that's where they will expand.
So to stay an FBS conference they need 8 football playing members. They currently have 7. Even if SJSU and Idaho move their Olympic sports, they still have 7 football members. They'd still need an upgrade from FCS (Lamar, UT-Arlington ect). If SJSU and Idaho move their Olympic sports they'd have 6 full time members (I believe they would need 7) so again, still only need 1. Of course it would be nice to have more, but that's what is required.
I see your point about never being able to expand on the West Coast after, but at this point, and for the foreseeable future, there are no schools looking to upgrade on the West Coast anyway.
i gotta disagree with you SJSU and Fresno...
see page 328 Rule 20.02.6http://www.ncaapublications.com/product ... s/D111.pdf
you are right that an FBS conference must have 8 FBS members but
"An institution shall be included as one of the eight full Football Bowl Subdivision members
only if the institution participates in the conference schedule in at least six men’s and eight women’s conference sponsored
sports, including men’s basketball and football and three women’s team sports including women’s basketball."
This rule prevents 8 FBS teams coming together and establishing a football only FBS conference while maintaining their non revenue sports elsewhere.
If San Jose St. were to go football only for the WAC, they would not count towards the magic number of 8. What would probably be best for the WAC would be to get 8 non California FBS football schools (Lamar and one other) then allow San Jose St to go football only, all other sports in Big West, which would allow for other California schools to do the same thing (Cal Poly, Sacramento St, and Cal Davis)
Texas Expansion #2
New Mexico St
San Jose St (FB ONLY)
Sacramento St (FB ONLY)
Cal Davis (FB ONLY)
Cal Poly (FB ONLY)
Denver and Seattle would make non revenue sports at 10, football would be at 12.
not ideal by any means but workable