Fresno St. Alum:
I agree that the New Mexico St. football team sucks, however is still a good travel partner for UTEP and New Mexico. I also hear that the New Mexico St. basketball team is good so that may offset the hurt of bringing them in some. (maybe?) I think the magic number is 16. to get there you need to get 4 more. 12 is good and stable, but 16 is the charm. This is also assuming that the PAC12 does not come calling in desperation to get to 16 themselves! This would give a buffer for that kind of raid, and add additional territory to get into the Texas market. (great for recruiting) However I do recall somewhere that in the agreement to bring in Hawaii, there would be no going east into Texas or further east than New Mexico. If this is the case, then going to 16, or being able to save the CCG after a PAC12 raid would be near impossible without bringing in some FCS schools or Idaho, and New Mexico St. - My thoughts.
P.S. - I love discussing these things with you, as you really get me to think hard on my reply's! Thanks!
If only we cared about travel partners, Commish Hair told NMSU they won't be invited and to move on to plan B. I don't know how much more of a no he could give. Pac like you said would go to Texas none of us are worth it b/c none of us bring in $$$ to raise their per school amount. Only school would be BSU but they'll never cave on academics for a Truck Driver JUCO move up(probably never). If anything maybe one day B12 adds BSU & BYU but even that would be stretching the conf. pretty far e/w. They kind of made it clear they'll need to fill the WVU gap w/ at least 1 of their next 2 members.
Like Westwolf said 12 is the right # for us for now. When the contract opens up again maybe the networks tell us to get into tx maybe not. If we go to 14 one day I'd put my money of a combo of BYU/UTEP or UTEP/UTSA. Right now only BYU would raise our bottom line and they're not coming. Adding 4 would just eat into our weak 1.5 mill per school avg. I don't know if that Hawaii rule is true but UTEP and NMSU are right on top of each other so I'm sure Hawaii is okay w/ UTEP.