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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: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:38 pm
 

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

Fans of "non-bcs" schools do hate on "bcs" schools with good reason. First, we hate hypocrisy. Admit the BCS is about money and quit with the "we want keep the integrity of the bowl system" or "this is what makes college football what it is". Second, SMU, U of H, UCF, SDSU and Boise were not good enough to be in the BCS on Monday and they are good enough today? What a joke! What is hilarious is that the 5 schools think they will be in the BCS longer than ONE year. The BCS contract will be up in 2014 and the Big Least will be adios. Where will these schools be then? Finally, we detest glommers like you who pick one of these large schools and run around pounding your chest. You went to USC, right ;) ;)   



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:22 pm
 

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

Merging these two conferences together is a great idea. i am not sure about 20 or 24 team football conference, but a 12-14 team conference would be a great idea. If there are  24 teams then split them into two conference.

They are close enough to each other that they would not have a large travel budget as the Big East.  
i would hope the AQ conferences would not be afraid to schedule them. The sec would schedule them as long as they would not have to guarantee them a home game or they start beating them.

For some reasosn the sec teams don't like to lose to anyone except the teams in the sec.
 
I like this idea.

"ONE MAN'S OPINION" 



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:47 pm
 

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

now that it looks like Air Force is staying MWc, Big East has turnes attention to Nevada and Colorado State to join the West while Navy is still front runner for East membership followed by Temple then Memphis. From my inside source at the University of Cincinnati Atletic Department



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:40 pm
 

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

I like the Idea of Merging the Big East, Conference USA and the Mountain West.  ITs only a matter of time.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:37 pm
 

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

This whole re-conferencing thing is becoming complete and utter madness!



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:17 pm
 

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

Chee no doubt Memphis has a fine basketball program and its closer than Boise however this is about football and more importantally money. Memphis is a mere 5-31 in football and does not draw as well as its basketball squad. Yes the potential might be there but there remain far better choices like Southern Miss who has 18 straight winning seasons and actually place some rear ends in the chairs.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:05 pm
 

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

Great, one of Bama's walk-on alumni is chirping. You couldn't find Tuscaloosa if your life depended on it Captain Bandwagon.




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:02 pm
 

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

Can someone explain why the Big East pursued Air Force over Memphis?  Memphis would bring a top 15 basketball program. a big southern metro area, an old but classic football stadium, and lots of unfulilled promise as a football team. Plus at least some geographical sense.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:59 pm
 

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

I do not agree with you about the ACC, but CUSA, MWC and the Big Least are SOL. The BCS will be gone in a year so Boise, SDSU, U of H, SMU and UCF will be right back where they started. Absolutely moronic.



Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:54 pm
 

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

With the BCS agreement ending in a few years, wouldn't it be better if the present conferences took a step back?  After all, isn't Congress trying to address the inequity and perhaps the monopoly of the BCS?  I think that the various conferences are panicking right now.  But, then again, too much money is at stake...The only solution is to have a true national collegiate football playoff.  You would not see all these colleges and universities jumping from one conference to another.  Has anyone imagined the cost involved on this merry-go-round?  What a waste of potential scholarship money!!!


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