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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 6:51 pm
 

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

Hey Mr. Sconsin, didn't your team get their arses handed to them by a "non bcs" school in the Rose Bowl last year? The CUSA/MWC merger is not that great but the Big Ten is? Your conference is a joke so go flap your gums somewhere else.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:46 pm
 

AF will remain in MWC

a story just put on the C Springs Gazette website says AF will stay in MWC- which is a great move. and Troy Calhoun will remain their HC



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:17 pm
 

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

24/28/32 teams this is madness!! Any Conference that has 14 or more schools for Football is a complete joke!!! And I will be counting the SEC in that group very soon, I guess next season.
 I am also tired of people bashing the non-BCS conferences.So they don't have the recriuts,talent of the big conferences, does that mean they shouldn't exsist? They are just as legit. They play Div 1 Major College Football also.




Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:12 pm
 

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

 

This is a great move.  I would hope if the BCS system survives that this new conference would be given a commitment of 1 team at the BCS Bowl.  This would have prevented the joke of the Sugar Bowl this year and had forced them to select Boise State a much more qualified team this year.  Another change should be at large selections must go in BCS order with a jump only if by doing so 3 teams from the same conference would then be selected.  This would have added Kansas State. Now that would have been a Sugar Bowl worth watching! Or add another bowl (perhaps the Cotton or Liberty) to the mix (as these states are not presently hosting a BSC game) to make room. 




Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:08 pm
 

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

 

This is a great move.  I would hope if the BCS system survives that this new conference would be given a commitment of 1 team at the BCS Bowl.  This would have prevented the joke of the Sugar Bowl this year and had forced them to select Boise State a much more qualified team this year.  Another change should be at large selections must go in BCS order with a jump only if by doing so 3 teams from the same conference would then be selected.  This would have added Kansas State. Now that would have been a Sugar Bowl worth watching! Or add another bowl (perhaps the Cotton or Liberty) to the mix (as these states are not presently hosting a BSC game) to make room. 




Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:08 pm
 

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

Makes sense. East Carolina and Hawaii are fierce rivals.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:05 pm
 

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

Well Chris it appears that all 3 CUSA schools that will join the Big East will be loosing their coaches. The Houston coach will end up at Texas A&M, Jones has left for Arizona State, and once UCF hires an AD as their current one was fired for NCAA Violations they will tell George O'Learly to hit the road. So what we have now is three programs that will miss out on recruiting because they have nobody in place to lead these teams. Yes Boise will be a great addition but the rest will be starting over. Good thing they reside in huge markets because so many of their fans have a tough time showing up on game days.




Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:05 pm
 

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

A merger of C-USA & Mountain West (if it happens) would create the strangest NCAA conference yet. There are other conferences with teams all over the map, but THIS proposal would really shatter geographic limits.You'd have one conference with members stretching from eastern North Carolina to Hawaii (that's five time zones folks). There will be few natural rivalries & (truth be told) about the only thing these schools have in common is the fact that none of them can get into a better conference.The new entity will basically be the NCAA version of the "Island of Misfit Toys" from the "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeeer" holiday classic.But, it's hard to find anything classic about this move. It just strikes me as weird.




Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:03 pm
 

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

being from Wyoming, I'm excited about seeing where this new MWC/CUSA conference will go. Boise st- a loss because of its recent FB success- had minimal ties to MWC so not a loss. SDSU- I think will end up regretting it as their rising BBall team now drops to a much weaker conference and whatever fan support they had built up will face away. I don't see them being anything more than a .500 team in the Big Least.  I'm also curious what other schools BE is targeting as they have said they are looking at adding 2 more western schools.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:02 pm
 

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

and if the super conferences of four 16 teams leaghue happens, the acc, big east,c-usa, and mw are all out of luck


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