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Houston not in MWC plans as of now

Posted on: August 20, 2010 3:41 pm
Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson just told me there is nothing to the Houston speculation.

"I haven't had any communication with Houston," he said.

There had been increasing speculation that Houston was headed to the MWC from Conference USA. Thompson did meet with CUSA commissioner Britton Banowsky on Thursday. He called it a "think tank" session. Out of the brainstorming came an idea to perhaps stage a BCS play-in game between the two conferences.

There was also the discussion that 22 or 23-team partnership, short of a merger, where the two conferences could market themselves together. He also said that there is language in the The Mtn. network contract with CBS College Sports and Comcast regarding BYU and Utah. He would not be specific about the viability of The Mtn. going forward without one or both in the Mountain West.
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Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2010 8:24 pm

Houston not in MWC plans as of now


  Houston is located next to what we call 3rd ward which according to current findings is not the worst part of Houston. I myself have graduated from UofH with a Mechanical Engineering degree and have lived next to campus(not on-campus living). Things are certainly different now. The College is tearing down areas and building new facilities. This is something that Houston has improved on a great deal. This will be a thing of the past in our near future. This commuter school has great affiliation with surrounding oil industry and the majority of the commuter education at UofH is graduate level. UofH, in regards to on-campus housing, has already built two new dorms in the past 2 years and have current plans for more. This school is growing whether you want to believe it or not. The new stadium plans are in affect. Increased funding and interest. And no offense but Rice is right down the road in this so called slum filled City. Thanks for the criticism. It makes me feel better that people have such a great interest in bashing schools when they have no idea what they are talking about. Next time you should throw in some facts instead of fiction. Good luck to you. Although we've lost two QB's its time to get behind's four-star prospect and the No. 5 dual-threat prospect in the nation, Terrance Broadway. GO COOGS!!!!

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 8:44 pm

Houston not in MWC plans as of now

It is TRUE UH is a commute school, but not anymore. UH have dorm for the freshman to senior level, plus a loft for professional student. If you an older timer thing have changes allots since then. You wouldn't recognize the campus no more. Crime is like any other University in the US. Tried to explore the UH campus before you open your BIG mouth. Metro rail is current under construction. More new building is built at a faster rate than I thought it would be. The new football and basketball stadium is breaking ground next year.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 4:09 pm

Houston not in MWC plans as of now

Sorry I must disagree.

I don't see how C-USA/MWC merging scares the Big Ten or any other BCS conference.  A merged C-USA/MWC does nothing to steal away any BCS bowl bids, money, TV exposure, etc from the big boys.  That wouldn't be the first super-sized conference, remember the WAC did it years ago and it was a big failure.

The Big Ten will add two more teams by this time next year hurting the Big East, and they will be done expanding.  Maybe the SEC does as well, hurting the ACC.  C-USA/MWC could merge and be 30 teams if they wanted, it still won't affect the big boys. 

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2010 2:12 pm

Houston not in MWC plans as of now

So, the Mountain West and Conference USA will merge to form the first true super-sized conference? 20+ teams in 3 or 4 divisions.

The Big Boys better take care.

Big Ten, grab the MAC while you can!


Since: Aug 21, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:25 am

Houston not in MWC plans as of now

All the buzz this week in college football has been about whether BYU will leave the Mountain West conference and choose to play football as a major independent like Notre Dame. Like many difficult decisions, there are both pros and cons to such a bold move.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2010 5:58 pm

Houston not in MWC plans as of now

Agree with the characterization of Univ. of Houston as a classic big city commuter school that does not generate sustained interest in its athletic programs.  Disagree that Rice is a better choice.  While the Rice fanbase may be more devoted, they are small in numbers and don't create a buzz in Houston as a whole. By and large Houston is a pro sports town. 

Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2010 1:03 pm

Houston not in MWC plans as of now

If the MWC is smart they will stay clear of U of H. 

Houston is a great school, but is a classic bit city commuter school.  When they came into the SWC they were a school always with their hand out for money.  Attendance at U of H games were always very low except when UT, Baylor or A&M came to Houston.  This was due to the large alumni bases of these schools in Houston as well as their close local. 

There is not much interest in Cougar athletics in Houston.  SMU battles this in Dallas.  Good academic institution, but no one cares about their athletics.  Sad but true.

Rice has a better chance of bringing "TV sets" to the table than U of H.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2010 12:15 pm

Houston not in MWC plans as of now

Crazy bad post:
Crime infested city? NoNumerous run-ins with the NCAA?  How old are you?  You must be 70+.  That junk is fairly old history and show me any good team from the old SWC days that wasn't doing what UH was doing.Rogue program?  Really?  In what way?Rice offers almost nothing in terms of attendance or TVSMU might have a better case than Rice but not by much.  They will be good this year.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:32 pm


Wow, the Mountain West would be slumming if they want Houston. Commuter school in a bad part of a crime-infested city which has had numerous run-ins with the NCAA. Rogue program. Yeah, they've been able to dominate mighty C-USA, but why shouldn't they be able to? I wouldn't touch Houston with a 10-foot pole. I'd go for SMU or Rice before I'd ever consider Houston.

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