Fresno St. Alum wrote:
JP, they just said in freakin' writing last year when they rejected UCSD, the only reason is they didn't want to have 11. They even looked into how the A-Sun did 11 and they decided they didn't like it. Go look back at the articles posted. So I'm thinking they don't want to sit at 11 for long. So unless you have proof they are not going to look for an even number don't pass of them not going to 12 as fact. If you got a link saying they changed their mind, post it.
I think they are hoping that the BE takes another western school like Fresno so they can be #12 or that SJSU somehow becomes fb only in the WAC so they could be 12, or they probably really really hope that MtUSA makes Hawaii a full member so they can have 10.
Who's writing? One of the guys on the Big West beat in LA, Orange County, SLO, Davis or Stockton? We all know more than those guys.
It's far more likely they used the numbers excuse because the Presidents of UC
Santa Barbara, UC
Irvine and UC
can't say "We don't want UC
San Diego" and the Presidents of Cal State
Fullerton, Cal State
Northridge, Cal State
Long Beach (aka Long Beach State) and Cal
ifornia Polytechnic State
University San Luis Obispo (aka Cal Poly) can't say "We don't want Cal State
The only person who could possibly give anyone a straight answer even OFF the record would be the leadership at Pacific.
You mention the investigation into the Atlantic Sun... they had TWENTY conference games last year. They will have 18 this year.
Here's a link: http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_ylt=A ... st-bigwest
It's the AP Story on SDSU joining the Big West. The key part is: "With 14 conference games in the Big West
, the Aztecs will have 16 non-conference games to fill."
They have played 16 games for the last five years. This "14 game schedule" is new information.
Is 12 "easier" to schedule? Sure, from a numbers standpoint... but do you really think there's an alignment for "two divisions" (either actual divisions or divisional schedule model) that will pass? Of course not. The LA teams will vote against splitting up and the non-LA schools will vote against the extremely unbalanced travel schedule.
You have to provide a solution where every team plays at Hawaii at the same rate. 12 teams playing 16 games doesn't do that.
With Hawaii, 14 games is perfect for basketball. It allows for playing the 14 games in the same 16-game time span as before, because there's an ample supply of teams to play midweek games against (Bakersfield, Sac State, Nevada, Fresno, San Jose State, and all the WCC California teams).
The Big West is also thinking about more than just basketball.
-- 11 teams works for volleyball: home and home with everyone, your matches against Hawaii will probably be played on one weekend, alternating years.
-- Women's soccer coaches are ecstatic about SDSU, because last year's plan was making an LA school Hawaii's travel partner: At Northridge Friday, fly to Hawaii Saturday, play at 10 am PT Sunday in Honolulu, red-eye home. 11 teams means each travel pair can play each other on Wednesday, then go to Hawaii for one game over the weekend and not lose their legs