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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: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Read what is going on before you slander things

The two soon to be disolved conferences will merge and have and east and west.  The east teams will play within their division as will the west.  The two ends will meet for conference championships and will play cros divisions only if the 2 teams involved decide to in the regular season.




Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

Fresno State and Nevada are in this alliance for all sports.  It's just Hawaii that is football only.  Either way I could easily see the WAC disolving or merging with the Big West to become a non-football league.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

A Cross Country CONFERENCE schedule = Ludicrous

What do you think WAC already has??  They go to Idaho, Utah, California, Louisiana, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico...This is nothing new, people.  




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

The big question is where would Nevada, Fresno and Hawaii play basketball????  The WAC like Boise State and San Diego State?  That would only boost the WAC prestige in olympic sports...



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

this is the reality of college sports as the smaller confernces have to merge just to remain revelant and were now down to 7 confernces with the mac, pac-12,big 10,big 12, big east, acc, sec, the merged cusa and mwc and merged sun belt and wac, and the mac teams are likely going to have to consolidate with one of the big 6 and eventually you'll see the big 6 consolaidate, and we'll likely have 6 confernces



Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

There are reports that Temple will stay in the MAC until they get a Big East invite.  This I believe to be true.  The new "United States Athletic Conference" will have four divisions of six.  You will play your 5 division games and one crossover game against the other 3 divisions.  Division will be...
Pacific: Fresno St, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, and UNLV.
Mountain: Air Force, Colorado St, Idaho, Utah State, UTEP, Wyoming
Central: Louisana Tech, Mid Tenn St, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa
Eastern: East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Marshall, Tulane, UAB




Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

When will the madness end? Lets just call the new league the SillyNannys and be done with it. Sheesh...



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:43 am
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

Why dissolve leagues wholesale?  The remaining MWC/CUSA along with the Belt, MAC, WAC and perhaps an eastern seaboard league (UMASS, Delaware, New Hampshire) and whoever makes the jump next (from the SOCON or Big Sky, for example) should just form a new division between the FBS and the FCS level. 




Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:40 am
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

The 18-24 reported has already shrunk to 16-20 in reports directly from certain schools involved in this new conference.

This is just posturing from the new conference to create a sense of urgency and try to lure Temple into this thing.

In the end, it will probably just be the 16 teams or the 16 plus 2-4 WAC/Sun Belt teams.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:36 am
 

Report: Utah St, others candidates for new league

A Cross Country CONFERENCE schedule = Ludicrous


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