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Boise State to the Mountain West

Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:23 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 1:57 pm

It's a few days late but Boise State will become the 10th member of the Mountain West Conference.

WAC commissioner Karl Benson told Friday morning that the deal had been consumated. The Mountain West announced the deal a few minutes later. 

Mountain West presidents reportedly were ready to invite Boise at their league meetings on Monday until the possibility of grabbing Colorado became an option. When CU announced it was headed to the Pac-10 on Thursday that opened up the spot for Boise.

The Broncos bring a 26-1 record the past two seasons that will count toward the MWC's fight to become a BCS league. There are two more seasons to run on a four-year evaluation period. All conferences will be evaluated on average finish in the BCS and conference strength among other factors. The MWC believes it is close to what would be temporary BCS automatic qualifier status in 2012 and 2013.

The MWC might not be done. Depending on how expansion shakes out, the league could be interested in taking in Big 12 castoffs that don't make the cut in the Pac-10 or Big Ten. That's good news for the likes of Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor and Missouri.


Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:34 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

A few things to think about when it comes to expansion on the MWC and most scenarios deal with Texas does.

1.  Texas decides to stay in the Big XII along with the other south schools.  Then the conference could stay at 10 teams or look for 2 replacements (ie BYU and TCU).  That also means that the Pac 10 would probably still want to add at least one more team (Utah).  This is the worst possible thing for the MWC because they would lose all strength in the conference and would have to consider adding at least one more team if not more to balance the conference(Nevada or Fresno St or unlikely UTEP).

2.  Texas accepts the best option on the table and convinces all the other south schools to come along for the ride.  The MWC would then possibly expand to 14 teams globbling up the rest of the Big XII rejects (Minus Missouri more on that in a minute).  They could gain in more than football if they get KU and KSU and probably would have enough to get an AQ for the BCS (or they could work a deal to send its champion to the Fiesta to replace the defunct Big XII champion). 

Missouri is likely so full of itself that it would reject any notion of joining the MWC in hopes of possibly still joining the Big 10 in the age of superconferences.  Logically Missouri doesn't fit with other MWC and is probably too far out there.  And besides 14 schools make for a nicer conference then 15 schools.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 8:21 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

Utah is ticketed to the Pac-10 in the coming weeks.Bank on it.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 8:19 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

missouri is going to join the conference with lighthouse of the blind, Northeastern,southwestern Rhode Isalnd and the NAIA>

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 7:27 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

The Pac-10 is already an AQ conference, corona.

What, you want to give them 2 and the MWC 0?

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 7:22 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

With Nebraska (their 2nd best team last year) headed to the Big 10, the Mountain West is a better football conference than the Big XII already.

Boise + TCU + BYU + Utah > Texas + Oklahoma + Oklahoma St

If Texas bolts, forget about it. The Big XII would be in shambles.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 6:09 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:46 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

It looks like the WAC and Conference USA are going to be dead, too. 

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:16 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

I would write my opinion but therant and natedogg have summed it up.  Welcome to the MWC, BSU! 

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 4:55 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

If the BIG-XII makes a move for teams in the MWC it seems unlikely to go after TCU. TCU would add nothing to the conference's basketball profile and when you have OU, OSU, TX-Tech, TX-A&M, UT, and Baylor in one conference you pretty well already have a strangle hold on the Dallas/FW so they don't need a team like TCU.

I could see them making a play for Utah and/or BYU, but not TCU, for the following reasons.

1. Facilities. BYU's Lavell Edward'd Stadium seats 20,000 more fans than Amon G Carter Stadium and BYU is riding a streak of 18 consecutive sell-outs in football. Also, BYU's basketball arena has a capacity of 22,700 while TCU's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum holds a mere 7,166. All this means that the schools that send teams play @ BYU will make more money than if they send them to TCU.

2. TV Market Power.BYU and Utah deliver the entire Salt Lake market (ranked 31 in the nation). They already have the Dallas/Fort Worth where TCU plays and will lose Denver (CU - 16) and maybe Saint Louis (UM/Nebraska - 21). How would it make sense to add a team in a market they already dominate? Salt Lake City represents the biggest obtainable market for the BIG-XII.

However, if any of the current projections about BIG-XII schools leaving are correct (to the PAC-10, A&M to the SEC, Missouri to Big-Ten) then I would expect the BIG-XII to start handing out invitations like they're candy and then maybe all 3 get in. Who can say in this crazy time where everday a new team announces their intentions to leave for a new conference.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 4:36 pm

Boise State to the Mountain West

Hey firecat - schools have always chased after the dollars.  Why do you think the Big 12, SEC, ACC, and a few lesser conferences went to 12 teams?  A championship game, which means more $$$$.   This is no different.  And what "long established rivalries" can't be continued through non-conference play?  You have four games that YOU decide who you play.  The mega-conference is here to stay, at least until another revenue source comes along that makes it profitable to have smaller conferences.  With projected revenue in a few years topping 30-40 mil a school in the megaconference, that seems unlikely.  

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