Fresno St. Alum wrote:
why do they hate CS Bakersfield so much. They were ranked in baseball last week. They were a D-II power in basketball. What makes them so terrible compared to the current CSUs in the BW?
Don't get me wrong, it's not horrible. It fits nicely in terms of the type of school and location, but it is a lot smaller than the CSUs in the conference. Other than Cal Poly (~20k) the CSUs have populations over 35k, Bakersfield is a lot smaller (under 10k). CSUF, CSUN, and LBSU have the largest populations of all CSUs. Right after them are SDSU, SJSU, SF State, Sac St, FSU, CP Pomona, and CSULA.
In terms of endowment, the schools I mentioned are a lot closer to the current Big West schools, but like I said, they probably aren't available. In terms of enrollment, CSUB is down there with the Channel Islands, and Monterey Bay.
Now, that's not to say they can't compete, but it's a handicap. I'm sure they could manage. But you mention their good baseball team. Well in the Big West they'll probably be average most years. The Wild Card though, that's a growing area. Wonder what that place will be like 20 years from now.
And of course, I'm still in favor of 14 or 16 teams. Add them all! SDSU and FSU are fine in the MWC, but SJSU can't afford to play full time in a SWC. And Sac St would benefit a lot (heck it's an upgrade for a few sports).