And really, you're wrong on both fronts of gas prices having caused the GW to implode. The GWFC went to hell long before gas prices skyrocketed last summer, and the GW all-sports formed AFTER gas prices finally went down. As far as the current GW, all I can add to what Quinn has said is that this league exists solely for these independent schools to have more home games to get the students the opportunity to see these teams and get behind their schools.
The all sports conference was announced on July 7th 2008 when oil hit a record $147 a barrel. They were negotiating its formation during the run up. It is accurate to say that prices dropped shortly after it was formed though, so I don't the chronology right. Is the collapse due to recession based funding cuts or fear of gas prices going back up or both? Or is the Summit simply looking for a different identity than the bottom rung BB conference in the region?
I am referring to the all sports GWC mainly --- the schools that joined the already effectively dead GW football conference joined with the idea they could afford nationwide travel for a future shot at an autobid--- not the football schools left standing in the wreckage of GWC v.1.
Regardless I was hoping for some deeper thought into what this implies. My hope with this thread is to get to the implications of these moves.
Some Implications that I think are there:
1) At least one Summit school is going down (and possibly 2).
2) There is zero confidence in the league in Cenetenary staying D1.
3) The league felt motivated to get USD in as soon as possible. What does that mean as far as the 5 year rule and when USD goes core?
4) The league wants to play football and become a hybrid conference in the near future to try to stem the churn.
5) The football status of Cal Poly and Davis are cloudy. Will joining the Summit for football be politcially tolerable in California? That is a guaranteed 2 trips to the Dakotas each year and a trip to Illinios every other year.