I like the idea of inviting Charlotte (UNC-C) if / when UTEP slides over to the MWC.
I think the MWC is playing this creatively:
They invite USu and SJSU now for all sports. Between MWC, CUSA, and SunBelt, WAC is reduced to a crappy non-FB conference, and Boise St. is forced to re-think their situation
JUST AS the BCS let it be known that there will no longer be BCS AQ's (so mcu of incentive to join BE football is gone).
MWC is at 10/9 with:
Hawai'i (FB only, other in Big West)
By mid-Summer, Boise St., and SDSU could be re-considering. If they want back, take:
Boise St for all sports (they need to get out of the WAC)
and SDSU for FB only (other sports are now in Big West, and that's not a bad arrangement (same as Hawai'i)).
Then MWC is 12/10.
If they wanted, they could then invite UTEP and Idaho for all sports to get to 14/12.
That may not be a sexy move for some, but it seems to lay out nicely for non-FB travel partners.
Boise St. - Idaho
Utah St. - Wyoming
New Mexico- UTEP
Based on all the moves of late, I think the UTEP move idea might be dead. Seems like it was only part of a merger, not an alliance.
Because why would Utah St. and SJSU to the MWC be made public BEFORE an internal move with UTEP moving over?
And why would UTSA to CUSA, with North Texas and FIU to CUSA be made public as well?
And LA Tech is supposedly slotted for #12 with Charlotte the only school that might sneak in still...with the "loser" then going to the Sun Belt.
Seems that if UTEP were moving, it would be out there already.
Because what is the MWC supposed to do?
If UTEP were brought over, they'd be #11 for football. So who is #12? It's not No. Texas or UTSA since those schools are going to CUSA.
Do they stay at 11? Likely not, UTEP, San Jose and Utah St. don't bring nearly enough to justify being at 11 total.
So if UTEP were moving over, does that mean the MWC selects on of the ONLY 3 available options: Idaho, NMSU or Texas St.?
Idaho: brings little to the table
NSMU: UTEP has refused to be in a conference with them...doubtful they'd willingly leave CUSA for the MWC if it meant NMSU would have to join
Texas St.: so if UTEP holds with their "no NMSU" stance, it means only Texas St. is an option for MWC (or Idaho).
So does the MWC get UTEP to join with the promise of Texas St. in San Marcos being #12? Doubt TSU has that clout.
That said, I get the benefit of splitting the state of Texas between both conferences:
CUSA: Rice, UTSA, No. Texas
MWC: UTEP, Texas St.
But does Texas St. have what it takes to be in the MWC? Not so sure.