What a mid-major needs to offer a BCS conference is fan base. This directly translates to money. Some of the established BCS schools don't have that much of a fan base, while some mid-majors are growing. That said, the established (read BCS) schools usually have a much larger fan base.
Could anyone give a website with attendance figures for 2002? It would be interesting to see how many of the top 50 schools in attendance are also BCS.
OMHO, if a mid-major school could fill a 100k seat stadium, AND TRAVELED WELL, they could get in a major bowl regularly and a BCS bowl whenever their record is good enough. They would probably be offered membership in a BCS conference as well.
I see your point, but, once again, requirements are put on "mid major's" that aren't put on 75% of the BCS teams. Surely you don't suggest anyone in the SEC besides Fla, Bama, S Car, Auburn, Tenn, Ga and LSU have a "fan base"? In the ACC? FSU and maybe Clemson. The Big 12 has Tex, A&M, Okl, Nebr and Colo. And I could go on and on and the fan bases in the other conferences would get fewer and fewer.
The BCS should be either the 25 teams that have the fans OR much more inclusive than it is today.