I could also see the Big East taking Nevada and UNLV for football only if they wanted to go to 12-Nevada doesn't have the biggest native DMA, and Mackay Stadium is a bit small (29,993), but they have come close to being BCS busters themselves. UNLV of course brings the larger native market, and would be a favorite road trip for many Big East fans, but has struggled on the field lately. Given the proximity of Reno and Las Vegas to California, they would also make perfect additions to the Big West.
UNLV said they will not split their sports.
CSUBakersfield have a shot?
I've been wondering, in the event of a C-USA/MWC merger would Fresno State, Nevada, and UNLV consider joining that conference for football only and put their non football sports in the Big West. Everyone would be happy since it would cut travel and the Big West's competition in smaller sports is very good (maybe even better than that C-USA/MWC merger). I'd love to see them get San Jose State and Sacramento State too. If you can't get Sac St let Boise join.
Cal Poly, UC Davis, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Nevada, SJSU, Boise St/Sac St, Fresno St
CSU-Fullerton, CSU-Northridge, Long Beach St, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, SDSU, Hawaii, UNLV
Fresno St. Alum wrote:
so who's #12 in the BW?
There is no #12.
One thing to remember in all this is that while for football and most normal leagues, an even number of teams, balance and travel partners is ideal, for the Big West, 12 is NOT IDEAL.
Here's your travel partners:
UC Davis - Pacific
Cal Poly - Santa Barbara
Long Beach - Fullerton
Riverside - Northridge
Irvine - San Diego State
Hawai'i - Road Bye/ Home Travel Partner (that week).
No one in the conference wants to play in LA on Friday, fly to Hawaii and play Sunday.