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I wonder if Boise State might find a home for it's non-FB sports in the Big Sky Conference if the WAC doesn't work. I don't know if the Big Sky would be open to it, but it would put Boise back into some old rivalries with Montana, Portland State, and likely Idaho. The BSC might not want Boise if they aren't all-sports members, but it'd be a natural fit...
Either way, I think Mandell's right. Boise State doesn't have much of an option except to make the jump to BE FB. If the Big East is "depleted" then what the heck is the MWC??? If the BE is "CUSA 2.0" then the MWC is just a weaker version of the old WAC (Hawaii, Colorado State, Air Force, Wyoming, and New Mexico were members of the old WAC... gone are the powerhouse programs like BYU and Utah). Even if the old "AQ" status was still around, there is NO way that this new MWC...with at least 3 teams perennially being ranked south of 100 of 121 FBS programs (New Mexico, UNLV, and soon-to-be San Jose State) and several more that are perennial losers. Nevada is a solid add, but uninspiring. Fresno State and Hawaii are a long way from where they once were, and it's unclear whether or not Nevada will be able to sustain its recent success. (To be sure, Houston faces the same question in the BE.)
Just sayin'... I think the MWC is much worse shape than the BE. Boise and San Diego State are more likely to come... I just don't see an alternative. And I think Air Force is another likely add once they see that BSU and SDSU are well and truly gone; the AFA can slide it's other sports into the Missouri Valley Conference, which would save them a ton of travel $$$ and is a prestigious mid-major non-FB conference.
The UL comments must be the reason the BE and UC are so "stable".
Andy Katz Blog on ESPN.com
Why are we told to not judge Islam by the actions of a few extremists, but judge all gun owners by the actions of a few killers?
Andy Katz and ESPN can kiss my behind. An article based on hypotheticals, what-ifs, just to stir the pot. Frankly, Louisville's behavior is bordering on the pathetic.
Louisville is pathetic. If they would stop begging and worked on improving the Big East it would make them valuable to other conferences.
He didnt stabilize the league the presidents did.
If Katz is correct, then it becomes among the very highest priorities for President Williams and USF president Judy Genshaft to find a strategy that convinces UofL and UConn they are best served by staying in the Big East. UC and USF are the ones with the most on the line in terms of making this new arrangement work.
But they are not without weapons for this fight: the basketball schools, including Notre Dame, want to see this format work, and the potential television contract could be the grease that makes all this workable. Oddly, it may be in NBC's interest to overpay for the BE contract, just to demonstrate that the league has a value that those who want to dismiss it or leave don't currently see. I think NBC could do just that, if shrewd negotiations take place and the BE is willing to do almost everything it takes to make NBC happy in terms of creating programming options, so that the BE (plus Notre Dame) can become the flagship property of NBC's college sports properties.
Katz is clueless on expansion, he just works on rumors. He claims that UC had no shot at the Big 12 yet we were in intense talks with them. If the contract situations play out the ACC and Big 12 are probably done anyway.
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