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Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:58 am
Edited on: February 15, 2012 2:39 pm
 


Posted by Bryan Fischer

If you follow along the timeline the past few days, it's pretty clear we're headed toward some sort of consolidation in college football.

No sooner than CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy reported that Conference USA and the Mountain West were both dissolving in order for remaining schools to start a new league for the 2013-2014 academic year, Dennis Dodd followed that up with a report that WAC commissioner Karl Benson would be taking the same position with the Sun Belt. With no commissioner and a league on its last legs, nobody should be surprised that the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday night that Utah State and several other schools are candidates to join the new superconference spanning the country from the East Coast to Hawaii.

“At this point, we are sitting tight,” Utah State athletics director Scott Barnes told the paper. “We obviously feel we are a strong candidate should [the new conference] decide to expand. The good news from our perspective is that there is clarity in the sense that expansion is likely.”

Temple, Florida International, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech are among the schools who are also mentioned for the unnamed league. With the departures of Boise State to the Mountain West in 2011 and Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii in 2012, the WAC will have just seven football members this upcoming season and any further defections would probably result in the conference folding.

The new league being formed is expected to consist of Southern Miss, Marshall, East Carolina, UAB, Tulsa, Rice, UTEP and Tulane from Conference USA and Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico, Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii (football-only) from the Mountain West. If you add in aforementioned candidates then the conference would be right at 21 schools, right in the middle of the targeted 18-24 that are expected to be part of a true coast-to-coast endeavor.

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Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 10, 2012 11:55 am
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

The WAC should send invites to the following teams: Lamar Univ, (Southland Conference), Sam Houston State (Southland Conference), Grambling State / Southern Univ. / Prairie View A&M (SWAC) and Utah Valley University. Someone is bound to accept. Also Sending invites to CUSA West members : University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Rice University, Tulane and Tulsa.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

Fresno and Nevada are full members. Hawaii is the only FB only.




Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:09 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

I don't see why Hawaii, Fresno St., and Nevada would want to join this league for football only if they are in the Mountain West Conference, which would be a pretty decent football conference with its memebers. Utah State should join the Mountain West which looks to be a better conference than the one being mentioned. This super conference looks like it is made up of all the cellar dwellars of the WAC and Con USA. I just don't like the idea of these coast to coast conferences. I just don't see it giving quality football. It is hard to have a rivalry against teams that are so distant from you. Rivalries come from close relationships of the universities and the loyalties of the fans being in such close proxemity to each other. In state and border state rivalries are the best and the fans have the most passion for those.  Fans are not going to travel well to games that are thousands of miles away especially in tough economic times. I just don't like this idea at all.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

could look like this.<br />Pacific: Fresno St, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, and UNLV.<br />Mountain: Air Force, Colorado St, Idaho, Utah State, UTEP, Wyoming<br />Central: Louisana Tech, Mid Tenn St, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa<br />Eastern: East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Marshall, Tulane, UAB




Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

** crickets **



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

The Big East is a great example?  Yet no one mentions that Hawaii and LA Tech are about the same distance (if not more) than SDSU and Rutgers and have been doing this for years.  Further consider that this expansion could potentially pit Hawaii with East Carolina and/or Marshall.  Thereby making this conference merger the absolute worst for geography. 



Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:46 am
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

It's gotten out of hand with these super conferences.If the NCAA was really concerned about the academics side for thes athletes they would squash all of these conferences buy like usual it's all about money.The Big East is a great example calling it that but having San Diego St in that conference even if it's only for football is a joke.What about these big conferences for baskets when a East team as 3 road games in a row and they r against west teams y[u'l be pulling the kids out of class for at least a week.NCAA do't by hypocritacal about academics anymore!!!!


tallsusie
Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:49 am
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Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:59 am
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

cbssport.com is yet again patting itself on the back again, quoting its own in-house staff as if they are on the story.  More then likely the story is being directed around them while they are publishing mere speculation.  Most of the so-called article coould have been reduced to one paragraph when it comes to doling out facts.  But that isn't the way of this website.



fdt534
Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:10 am
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