Driver 8 wrote:
Don't forget about Cal State Bakersfield (Independent) and Grand Canyon (Phoenix, AZ; Division II), as adding both of them alongside Hawaii would give them 12 schools.
North - UC-Davis, Pacific, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Bakersfield, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge
South - Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Cal State Fullerton, UC-Riverside, UC-Irvine, Long Beach State
Another school to consider is UC San Diego -- currently Division II, but recently hired a consultant to explore a move to Division I and the possibility of adding a football team. More info at http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/apr/23/ucsd-looks-at-football-and-division-i-upgrade/
(Note that the consultant's report was supposed to be submitted by the end of summer 2010, but I have not been able to find any discussion of it since April.)
Regards, Driver 8
I don't think Grand Canyon is as much of an option though. I think the moratorium lift ties in with Hawaii seeking a new conference for non-football sports. And they seem like the top of the list for #10.
But you're right, if Cal St. Bakersfield is in the mix (which they very much are for political reasons), then it's an awkward number of 11 schools.
But if the Big West did opt to bring in both Hawaii & Cal St. Bakersfield, and opted for a #12 school, I would think workign with the Big Sky again on Sac St. would be the #3 option. The Big Sky is at the awkward 11 schools right now since Montana opted to stay. We all know that the big Sky and big West had an agreement when Cal Poly and UC Davis joined for football. But if the Big Sky gave Sac St. it's blessing, things could change. And Sac St. to the Big West just makes sense at this point.
And if Sac St. were a stretch and is not interested, then Seattle would be #4 on the list, depending on what happens with the WAC.
It's a bit of a toss up on location: fly to Seattle or fly to PHX (although a few LA area schools might take the 7 hour bus ride).
3) Sac St. from Big Sky