TCU and UTEP.....absolutely zero potential there. The only similarity is that the are both in Texas....but still close to 600 miles apart. From the east coast perspective, that is about the same as a drive from NYC to South Carolina, or NYC-Indiana (remember, you are talking about Texas). TCU-UTEP have no more in common than Rutgers-Clemson.
Re-read the ENTIRE post and try to pick up on the theme. I'll make it real simple for you:
The MWC schools broke away form the WAC.
Travel was indeed a partial concern in the league of 16 (5 time zones, yada yada, remember?)
If the MWC wanted to expand eastern, there exists a chance that TCU would be included as it would be access into the Dallas market. If TCU were added the MWC might seek a team that geographically was within the area.
You following so far uman...
If you add TCU for their basic success and the Dallas market, and the closest school based on location is New Mexico, it certainly helps to add a school like UTEP, who has such high attendence and already is distinguishing themselves a s a candidate. If expansion is to 12, there is a limited pool of candidates. While the MWC would liek to stay in the West, there are only Fresno, Hawaii and possible Boise St that are of interest. They might need to revisit the idea of expanding east.
You following me still uman...
I didn't LITERALLY mean that TCU and UTEP would team up like buddies and enjoy milk shakes togehter on friday nights, while becoming study partners and best-ist buddies in alllllll the land. I simply meant that UTEP was an excellent bridge into the state of Texas and TCU.