Good to see Thompson take this stance. In non-Football sports, Boise and AFA are drains, so no benefits to keeping them around if they aren't playing football.
The BCS is to blame for all of this. If there wasn't this monopoly, there wouldn't be the pressure to bolt for other conferences - especially ones across the country.
Personally, I find that stance, a popular one, to be very "5 years ago".
My reasons are simple: $$$
The BCS is worth diddlypoo regarding money these days. "Access" means what, $24 million for the AQ (starting this year, was $17 mil previously) and $8-9 million for at-large?
(Last year, conferences with 2 bids made $27 million, 1 bid BCS AQ made $24).
That money doesn't go to the school, it goes to the conference. So in the average year, a school in one of the 5-6 BCS conferences would make an extra $2 million from the AQ. If it's a year when 2 get in from a conference, it means $2 mi and change per school.
The reality is though that the regular season NON-BCS revenue is huge in comparison. Within 5 years, there will be 4 conferences where each school is making over $20 million per season. Sure, 2 million is nice to add to that. But it's the regular season that pays the bills.
Take it a step further, and look at the Big Ten championship game. That's a $25 million payday for a single game on Fox...meanwhile, the BCS bowl games pay a tad less. LESS.
So the argument about chasing the "BCS money" is a fallacy.
What we are seeing is more about schools chasing the opportunity for more TV money. And Boise St. being in the Big East makes the Big east amore valuable product, meaning they can do better at the negotiation table to increase their revenue...per school.
The problem ends up being in some of the bad deals agreed to...like the MWC and their chump change. $2 million is huge for a MWC school because they have such a bad deal, especially compared to a lesser conference like CUSA. But with the partnership comes renegotiations. And the value of the MWC will go up being in tandem with CUSA.
So in the end, if the MWC can provide more money via the CUSA tandem per school than the Big East can at 12, you can rest assure BSU will stay in the MWC. Because in the end, if $$$ is equal, logic will win out.