fighting muskie wrote:
I know that it is believed on this message board that the Big Sky has forbidden Sacramento St from ever looking at the Big West with longing eyes without the risk of becoming homeless in football but with Boise St's recent move to the Big West that conference is on the prowl for a 12th. Furthermore it doesn't look like the WAC takeover is going to be feasible unless lesser programs like CSU-B and Utah Valley are brought into the fold and even then the two conferences are left vulnerable in the next conference alignment shift and no "spare" schools to use for replacements without going to DII. I think the Sky has to consider letting Sacramento St and North Dakota be football affiliates and take their other sports to the Big West and Summit respectively. This would open up room for the WAC schools to come in, thus shrinking the conference footprint while bringing in two highly respected private schools without jeopardizing the stability of Big Sky football. Plus letting them go could potentially allow them to unload potential future disgruntled members.
Big Sky North (all sports)
Big Sky South (all sports)
New Mexico St (if interested)
For football, Idaho St shifts to the North, along with fb affiliate ND. The 3 California fb affiliate schools play in the South.
You have 13, so they'd need Sac St. back. It's not the message board that says Sac St. couldn't move it was the other Big Sky Prez', Sure they could change their mind in order to get NMSU and keep things balanced but why get rid of your only all sports member in the state of CA, (where the best recruits are)? I'm sure the BW will want to wait to see if Fresno or UNLV is #14 for the BE and take either of them over Sac St. There might be a chance if AFA changes their mind that the BW would be willing to take them if they pay off the BW like BSU and Hawaii, not sure.