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C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 6:03 pm
 

NEW YORK – With the Mountain West and Conference USA losing at least five members to the Big East, those two leagues are now looking at an all-sports merger instead of a full-scale football expansion as originally planned, sources told CBSSports.com.

Conference USA and the Mountain West initially planned to combine into a separate football-only league with between 20 and 24 members and conducted an Oct. 15 press conference to announce the news. The winners from C-USA and the Mountain West would meet in a playoff with, they hoped, the winner earning a BCS bowl berth.

A BCS bowl berth, however, would have had to be approved by the BCS.

However, that plan has lost steam by the loss of Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and UCF to the Big East. Instead, C-USA and the Mountain West are considering a merger in all sports. Sources have indicated that Craig Thompson, the current commissioner of the Mountain West, would become the commissioner of the new merged league, while Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky would step down.

A vote on the merger could come by next month, sources said.

The merged league would consist of: East Carolina, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP from C-USA and Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV and Wyoming from the Mountain West along with new members Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada for a 17-team conference. Air Force was being sought after by the Big East, but the Gazette reported Tuesday evening that the Falcons would remain in the Mountain West.

After the initial merger announcement to as many as 24 schools on Oct. 15, Banowsky e-mailed officials at Conference USA and the Mountain West a week later about a proposed new conference, entitled “BCS and The Big East Expansion (An Alternative Plan).”

“Attached is a document that might find of interest regarding conference realignment,” Banowsky wrote on the e-mail, obtained by CBSSports.com.

That eight-page document presented two possible conferences mergers: one with 28 teams and another with 32 teams. They included all the Big East, Conference USA and Mountain West teams, plus a few other teams from other leagues. The plan was never endorsed by the Big East and didn’t get much further than being reported by various media outlets.

To combat the departures of the five schools, the Mountain West had decided to add San Jose State and Utah State. But adding those schools has now been put on hold, sources said.

Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:21 am
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

The BCS silly Automatic Qualifying slots is changing college football for the worst.    Two conferences are merging into a 20 team super conference to hope to get an AQ slot.  Boise ST has changed conferences 2 time in 3 years to try to get an AQ slot.   I believe we need to get rid of Automatic Qualifying if the BCS stays around,  just take the top teams, not the top "brands" at buying tickets and $8 beers.   Or a 16 team tournament with 11 conference champions (everyone AQ) and 5 at large.  



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:17 am
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

UCONN/RUTGERS TO ACC

MEMPHIS/TEMPLE TO BIG EAST

ULOU/UCINCY TO BIG-12

EAST CAROLINA/ MARSHALL TO BIG EAST



Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:10 am
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

These programs that are left are the usual celler dwellers in their respective conferences.
East carolina, Southern Miss and Tulsa are usually at the top of CUSA.  The major difference in big east taking houston, SMU and UCF is they are in much larger cities (dallas, houston, orlando) compared to ECU, USM and Tulsa.  One could make arguments that CUSA is as good or better than Big East over the last few years, difference again is BCS elibibility and tv contract (for now) to jump into the BE.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:30 am
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

I got something I didn't want when I did what your screen name suggests.....it was a real BBBAAAAAADDDDDD Idea.  Just like the merger proposal of these two mediocre has been conferences.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:26 am
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

What is their slogan going to be?  C the USA and the rest of the Mountain West?  This proponderance of an idea is nothing more than a knee jerk reaction to what is going on across the country.  This conference will resemble the WAC of 16 teams many a year ago, and did not produce one thing....ok, i did  produce the MWC conference.  What good did it do take Utah to the Pac 12?  It broke up a conference on the verge of gaining an AQ status....holy cow...the powers to be could not let this little conference take their pie...let's break up the MWC and leave the scraps for those who still have a pipedream of actually thinking the newly aligned conference of C USA and the MWC would actually have a chance of doing so>  No way...These programs that are left are the usual celler dwellers in their respective conferences.  Lame Idea to say the least.  Here, Money is is the bull pucky causing them to walk and smell like the protuding discharge comung from that out of the back end of a bull.  get the blinders off and play your hand with what yo have, make the best of it and markrt regionally, build your programs...then walloup the so called "power teams"  in the big conferences, even though you schedule the cellar dwellers of the power conferences.  You start beating them, word gets out, little conference beats the boys of the power conference, get's national attention.   Wait, isn't this the formula that Boise State and Utah already used?  
Maybe or Maybe not....there is no easy way to a free lunch....or should I say...Don't be a BYU thinking you are at the level of Texas and you should be able to keep ALL the revenue of your home games..



 



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:38 am
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

Frisco - you should google "Loserville" and "revenue" but you may need to spell Louisville right.

Also - Louisville will be better than Boise next year - bank on it.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:54 pm
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

 no one wants to see boise state football,what cave have you been living in? Boise would mop of this conf. I dont see anyone in the big east competitng either.  No one wants to see anyone in this conf. From time to time South Miss, Nevada, Hawaii and Fresno have a decent team, maybe even Air Force. This woud be the worst mega conf ever assembeld.



Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:43 pm
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

He forgot New mexico....which is easy to do.
 



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:41 pm
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

Funny that you can't seem to ignore them long enough to keep from posting.
 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:38 pm
 

C-USA, Mountain West all-sports merger on horizon

Let me get this straight, a conference made up of U of H, SMU, UCF, SDSU, Boise, Cincinnati, Loserville, UConn, Rutgers and USF will get a significant TV deal? What network in their right mind would pay for this garbage? ESPN will not renew their contract and where will they go? The point is the Big Least will not be getting the BCS millions for much longer and then what. These programs are not large revenue producers and without the BCS welfare, they will be on the outside looking in like CUSA, MWC, etc.


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