Denver Post article with comments from WAC Commish regarding WAC realignment situation at http://www.denverpost.com/colleges/ci_2 ... all-league
Appreciate the post, Freaked.
One can feel empathy for the plight of the WAC. However, they appear to be trying to stay in business with so few options and a shortage of viable schools to add. At least the WAC needs to fold per fb. NMSU and Idaho need to find future homes, at least for fb, elsewhere.
Idaho may function best by going back to the Big Sky. UI may not want to admit they need to accept the FCS level again; but given their location, facilities, and prior struggles for stability, the Big Sky looks as the most compatible for them.
The SunBelt could be kind and offer inclusion to NMSU. I doubt if UTEP, and others, would be accepting of NMSU for CUSA, but they are neighbors, which for UTEP, is a negative.
NMSU has been void of sustained fb success to garner them appeal.
The MWC would be more interested in a future return of BSU & SDSU, rather than be willing to take two they don't desire to have.
Even as a bb league, the WAC will be hard pressed to sustain numbers and consistency. If the WAC could find respectable or plausible homes elsewhere for all their schools; then they should declare their run has reached the finished line, and become a memory like the old SWC.
Had SDSU and Boise State not taken the fb-only deal to opt for the BE and causing the MWC to react, the WAC may have had a chance.
Well, the good thing is that pretty much no matter what, the WAC will be able to survive. If that means inviting Utah Valley and CSUB to get to 6 and UTPA to get to 7, so be it.
That's 7 schools, that's enough.
Idaho to Big Sky
NMSU to Sun Belt
Denver to Summit or WCC
Seattle to WCC
Utah Valley to Summit or Big Sky
CSUB to Big West
UTPA to Southland
Of those possibilities, UTPA to Southland and Denver to WCC/Summit probably top the list. CSUB to Big West seems much less likely now that you have the potential for a subsidizing school to join, ala Hawaii and next possibly Boise St.
So let's say (2) of the schools above leave. Guess what? You've got Chicago St. and NJIT sitting there willing to join.
So the WAC had plenty of time. It will take 3 schools moving at higher conferences to start the trickle down. We even have conferences like the Big Sky that could lose a school and be in a better position 11/13 turned to 10/12. So a Big Sky departure doesn't necessarily mean a replacement.
The good thing is that now with the playoff creation, FCS schools can no longer claim that they have an excuse in the form of "we have a playoff, they don't". So maybe in time, that 4 schools becomes 8 schools in FBS. And maybe then some of the FCS conferences like the Big Sky can "move up" so to say, since the NCAA will have even less control over who upgrades or if a conference upgrades since an undefeated Montana in the Big Sky in FBS would likely have a shot at the #4-8 seed in some years at the highest level.