I think the MWC will take Nevada over El Paso for their bball program. Facilities are about the same. UTEP also has no baseball.
Nevada did slightly better than UTEP this year, as far as record and performance. They also shared a WAC title, won a bowl and UTEP didn't win a title, didn't even go to the CUSA title game and they lost their bowl. However, UTEP's attendance is bigger than Nevada's, with Nevada barely staying above 15K and UTEP hovering at 50K.
El Paso may have a higher population, but most of them are poor hispanics who don't follow football or basketball, only soccer.
Soccer may be popular in the Hispanic world, but UTEP has one of the highest followings among non-BCS teams. Their average this past year was hovering around 50K. That is definately an advantage and doesn't reflect what you just stated here.
Side note: The movie, "Glory Road" sounds like a great movie that is coming out. Its about Texas Western, now known as UTEP, winning the 1966 National Championship beating Kentucky. The first national championship won by an all African American starting players.
Nevada has the gambling and it's a resort town. The type of town that fans want to travel to.
True, but the Sun Bowl does do fairly well in attendance.
To the MWC:
To the WAC:
Montana (Big Sky)
Sac State (Big Sky)
Poly (DIaa Indep)
To the Big Sky:
North Dakota St. (DIaa Indep)
South Dakota St. (DIaa Indep)
If UND and other NCC schools move up, add UND and those schools as well going to the Big Sky with NDSU and SDSU. I would also add Montana State to the WAC, especially if its 4 years down the road (see Pounder's posts).
As far as the Mid Con, you could see UMKC, Valpo, IUPUI, and Oakland all going to the Horizon, after Butler, Detroit Mercy, UW-Milw, and Loyola (and/or UIC) all moving up to A-10 and/or BE split off league. Centenary and maybe ORU could end up in a southern-based league due to the whittling down of CUSA and Sun Belt and ownward domino effects of BE split and/or MWC raids. Southland is a possibility and Atlantic Sun are possibilities. WIU could also end up in the MVC or SLU in the MVC. There could be up to 6 to 7 vacancies in the Mid Con, with only Chicago State, SUU and WIU (maybe) remaining. Any and all NCC teams that move up along with NDSU, SDSU, UVSC, IPFW could fill this void to help this conference survive.