If the WAC can't pull Corpus Christie....does that guarantee that UTPA will leave for the Southland? And if UTPA leaves....do you see the WAC wanting to stay in Texas?
Should the WAC attempt to pull up some DII fb schools? Or is it smarter to recruit the Big Sky, like you mentioned?
How many schools does it take to restart the fb conference?
That's a complicated question.
Yes, UTPA would leave the WAC for the Southland in a heartbeat.
As would UMKC or Chicago St for the Horizon or MVC, or Seattle for the WCC, or CSUB for the Big West or NMSU for the Sun Belt.
The WAC is the lowest of the low, except for maybe the Summit, but that move has a big astrisk as when you realize one of the reason they got dumped by UMKC was because UMKC wasn't competitive enough to play in the Summit.
The WAC isn't really concern with markets, its concerned with keeping the conference afloat. Its basically become the new Great West except they have an automatic bid to the tourney and NJIT hasn't been invited...yet. So if a Texas school want to move up to D1 with the WAC they'd take them, but I don't think they'll specifically target the State of Texas for membership, their target are teams that want to move up, PERIOD.
The WAC could restart football with 8. Pulling some DII schools it would be high unlikely that a school would jump from DII to FBS. But the big issue is that they'll be left out of the college football playoff money which is a huge deal.
That's why I said they should have Idaho working on the Big Sky schools while also looking for any western startups (be it in the WAC, Big West, WCC, or D2) or FCS upgrades (Big West, Southland, or MVFC), and then right before the contract is up for renegotiation in the early 2020's they could start their move with the 8 best they could get to rejoin the FBS and hope to be included in the next college playoff system like the Sun Belt/CUSA/MAC/MWC/AAC are.
I could see a WAC football conference formed with with almost any of the Big Sky members (except Southern Utah) and possibly some of the following...
Cal Poly (fb only)
UC Davis (fb only)
NDSU (fb only)
SDSU (fb only)
South Dakota (fb only)
SHSU (fb only)
SFA (fb only)
Lamar (fb only)
Missouri State (fb only)
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