OK. Forget everything I said on my last post. I think my mistake is that I trust people too much. Apparently there’s more to it than the eye can see. Despite easing travel costs a lot, Hawaii’s departure from the WAC seems to have been the grain of sand that has tipped the teeter-totter of factors to the slow eminent demise of the WAC.
The reality is right now, there are too many schools that want to be in the FBS and not enough real chances to be affiliated with conferences that have stable membership and know how to work together. I’m going to finally say it. The only solution that feels good in your bones. You know it. You feel it too. the MWC/WAC merger to fit the schools that naturally fit together in geography, academic achievement, size and competition in all sports. Not just football. The idea of the Super Conferences isn’t that bad at this point.
But obviously there’s got to be some sort of bad blood going on in the background cause this would make way to much sense, From a travel cost point of view, similar academic institutions point of view, Olympic sports and the ability to elevate a conference. This plan leaves out Air Force which could easily go Independent and the new comers Texas State, UTSA and Denver, hopefully to find homes in the Sun Belt while La Tech makes it to the C-USA. Maybe the MWC/WAC could get UTEP back and make it even more relevant. I actually see the Texas schools as a strong addition to the conference so if you really wanted to make a Super Conference add the trifecta to get the new/old wac Super 16. In any case there is a much more viable solution slapping us right in the face.
What I find ironic about this proposal is that if the WAC was a bit more progressive in their leadership and the MWC not so slimy and selfish in leadership this solution would have been a perfectly viable solution to the departure of the Utah & BYU. But I guess it’s hard to play like a team when you’re always trying to be competitive. Come on folks, straighten up, sink that joke of a network called the Mountain work together, broker a deal with ESPN. You’d have 6 states with interstate schools and rivalries. Now think about the exposure & payout from a bowl perspective if you competed on the same level for the combined 8 bowls and played PAC10, Big 12 & C-USA teams in bowls games rather than each other? Sadly there will probably not be a Rally to Restore Sanity for this cause. Jon Stewart can you help out?
What I find the most tragic, is that prior to this year we had a bunch of schools trying to beat the system by growing conferences to bust the BCS and build a playoff system. Now all we have are a handful of schools joining the system. Almost as if the power of the dark force got deeper as Anakin Skywalker slays the Jedi children and solidify his alliance with the Empire of Evil.