Fresno St. Alum wrote:
For those of you that keep saying that NMSU will take AFAs spot in the MWC haven't been paying attention. Craig Thompson told them to move on to plan B because they had NO, NONE, ZIP, NADA interest in NMSU or Idaho. He said they'd look to Texas if they need a replacement school(Texas St.). Remember just because it fits in our minds/geographically doesn't mean that's what they want. Big East(Yes to SDSU, No to ECU) B12 Yes to WVU no to Louisville. ND no to B1G yes to ACC.
I think most of us on here are aware of Craig Thompson's comments regarding NMSU and Idaho but I think the truth of the matter is that these schools are still holding out hope that they will get a phone call from Craig or else they probably would have started the downgrading process already and formalized an agreement with the Big Sky. As Quinn pointed out, there really isn't any other replacement options out there for the MWC as the Texas C-USA schools and Texas St are in a better position travel-wise in their current home and this is no longer the MWC that has BYU, Utah, TCU, and Boise St (and for that matter San Diego St).
Also, I find it dishonorable the way the MWC has left the NMSU and Idaho programs out in the cold. Of the MWC membership, Nevada, Fresno St, Hawaii, Utah St, and San Jose St were all former conference mates of the schools in question. New Mexico and NMSU are instate rivals and I think they owe it to their little brother to see that they are able to be in a sustainable conference in order to keep that rivalry meaningful. That's 5 full members and a football affiliate directly played a part in the demise of the WAC and who should have advocated to keep the WAC "family" together. As for the others (Wyoming, Colorado St, Air Force), they were the ones sending out the invitations that destroyed the WAC in the first place.
In many ways leaving these programs independent is detrimental to the MWC programs. The Pac 12, Big 12, and other major conferences who schedule guarantee games against lower tier competition are aware of Idaho and New Mexico St's scheduling woes and they know they can ask less than fair market price for a body bag game against these schools thus driving down the price Wyoming, Utah St, etc can ask for a trip to one of those stadiums.