I can understand and respect JP's point of view. I expect the same from mine. Besides, UTEP has not YET competed in the MW, except having conference rivalries with most of the current MW membership during the old WAC football days, just wanna correct you on that.
No correction needed, I said would be like
. Trust me, as a UTEP fans (see helmet below) I know UTEP's never been in the MWC.
Plus, on basketball, I prefer the division format play than the "playing all members" format. In 12-team conferences, 10 times with 5 of own division twice and 6 of other division once for 16 total; in 14-team conferences, 12 times with 6 of own division twice and 7 of other division once for 19 total.
I like it too but could see some value in the pod structure if they go to 16.
On the Sun Belt's perspective, how come that FIU, FAU, MTSU and North Texas were chosen by C-USA for this past season (2013-14)? Did these schools had recent success prior to that? The most recent ones are so far Arkansas St. and UL-Lafayette. Sadly, neither Sun Belt team (past or present alike) has EVER had a 10+-win season OR been ranked in the top 25 (for at least a week on a span or on the final polls of each past season) in its history of the conference sponsoring that sport since 2001.
MTSU and UNT had some success, not Boise St success but some though both were on a downward spiral recently.
The reason they were added was to replace out going members and their markets.
MTSU was to replace Memphis
UNT was to replace SMU
UTSA was to replace Houston (as a school in Texas not in Houston which was unnessecary since they still have Rice)
FAU was to replace UCF
UNCC was to replce ECU
LA Tech was to replace Tulane
Western Kentucky was to replace Tulsa
ODU was added to add a new market not in non-AQ conference and give Marshall/UNCC some better travel.
FIU was to double down on the South Florida market and for recruiting purposes (ACC/AAC both have 2 why shouldn't CUSA).
But going back to the new Big East conversation, how about putting an agreement with the A-10 for a "mini-tournament-like" partnership in-game competition series, like the ACC-Big TEN Challenge or the SEC-Big XII Challenge? To see which of these two is the better conference, and might help build up rivalries.
The Big East doesn't want to show the A10 that kind of respect, that would be like the PAC12/MWC having a challenge...it's not going to happen. If they were to do this and the A10 were to win they'd get embarrassed and it gives the Big East little/no benefit in beating schools they are supposed to beat. If they were to setup a "challenge" it would be with the WCC most likely.
Fan of the Big 12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and...