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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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fdt534
Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:07 am
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Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:03 am
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

You don't even mention another great fallout from this proposal...if schools are in by being conference champ, they'll schedule better non-conference games.  If the loser of USC-Alabama isn't penalized so greatly, I.E. Oregon losing to LSU this year, they'll be more inclined to schedule each other.  The college fan wins again.  Great idea. 



Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:11 am
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

So if a Boise State or SMU can't play any of the "elite" teams, how do they move up?  Boise State can consistantly beat Penn State, Pitt, Georgia, Virginia Tech, and many others on the "elite" list so how can the the cream rise?  Or is the cream limited to Eastern and California teams?



Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:25 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

Half of the teams proposed for the new mega league can hardly afford their sports programs as they are now.  Introducing them to a new batch of unfamiliar teams will only further deteriorate their attendance numbers hence their finances.  Sometimes you just have to accept who you are and where you are, and stop dreaming about a big BCS payout.  This reshuffling really is the fault of the BCS; so shame on the perpetrators of this system.  And shame on the Athletic Directors who think the grass is greener on the other side of the continent.  It isn't.



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:11 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

This whole college re-alignment is ridiculous. It is all based on the extremely flawed and roidiculous BCS collge Bowl system. All these schools want to form a super division so they can get into the BCS cham;ionship. Thus leaving smaller mid schools to scramble. It is sad. The BCS is te worst system ever invented. Can;t wait for The NCAA tournament.


beterlover
Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:52 pm
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Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:16 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

How the heck are they going to pull this off if they end up with more than 20 teams? I can see 2 divisions of 10 which means you have a 9 game round robin schedule for each division with the champions of each meeting in a title game. But how would you work something like 21 or more? Might as well go up to 24 and form pods of 4/6 teams but then comes the issue of determing a champion among the pod winners.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

I don't do Facebook, but wouldn't mind someone throwing my idea for a name for this new league: The Great Atlantic & Pacific Conference, A&P for short.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

Let's consider names for the new league.  How about Not In Tournament, or NIT....



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:29 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

Why is wyoming a better add than Utah State?  Because their basketball team dominates their league like USU, because they have been such a great football team lately?  Or maybe it's because everyone loves to go play in Laramie?


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