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MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:48 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 11:09 pm
 
Don't you dare try to copyright the latest (possible} conference on the horizon.

I'm calling it the Big Country.

CBSSports.com has learned that merger talks have heated up again between the Mountain West and Conference USA on a possible 22-to-24-team combination that would span the country and result in an automatic BCS bowl berth for the winner of the amalgamation.

As CBSSports.com initially reported, officials from each conference first discussed the arrangement last year. Each league would produce individual champions who would then play off in a championship game for the BCS berth. Officials from each conference have met recently on the subject CBSSports.com also learned.

There are complications. The Mountain West is still waiting to learn if it will receive temporary BCS status in 2012 and 2013 as a result of meeting a series of benchmarks over a four-year period that concludes after this season. Aside from that, with conference realignment in full swing, college athletics' first super, duper conference just might work. Assuming the remains of the Big East and Big 12 merge, there will be one less automatic BCS berth. The Big Country snatch that up, spanning from the Carolinas, Florida and Mississippi to Texas and the West Coast and Hawaii.

There were no details on how the champions in the individual conferences would be decided. Conference USA is a 12-team league, that is decided by a championship game between the two division winners. The Mountain West is currently an eight-team league that will be 10 teams in 2012. It is losing TCU to the Big East next year and getting Nevada, Hawaii and Fresno from the WAC. It's not clear if the conference would or could expand further to 12 teams.

"It would strengthen our league and give us more television sets," said an administrator from the possible Big Country. "I think it's a big picture thing for us."

Using the current configuration, think of a Boise State-Central Florida Big Country champ game for a berth in, say, Orange or Fiesta Bowl. Not sure how the Orange or Fiesta feel about that. That's another blog for another time.
Comments

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:07 am
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

Hey Dodd; maybe you didn't get the memo but there will be no BCS when the 4 16-team superconferences are formed. They are going to institute their own 4 or 8-team playoff system and the have-nots will be left out. The MWC ,WAC, Sun Belt, Conference USA and any of the schools that are not a superconference member (Iowa State,Baylor,TCU, and both Kansas schools) will have to come up with their own playoff system just to get ESPN U to have any interest. I almost forgot Boise; you're in the same hapless ship that's going nowhere. By the way; New Mexico is strongly considering dropping their football program to Division 2 status after the debacles the last 2 weeks.



Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:53 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

With all these "Super Conferences" being formed, and now throw in this huge conference, I think this will be as close to a playoff system we will see. With Pac 16 championship game pitting Texas against USC and the ACC Championship game matching the likes of FSU against lets just say Pitt, and then the Big 10 have Michigan against Iowa and then this new conference, this will eliminate alot of the "we shouldda been there instead of UCONN talk. I think this is as close as we are going to get.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:04 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

Not the worst idea I've ever heard.
Not by a long shot.  How many of these teams were more deserving of a BCS bid than UConn last year?  I'm surprised it's taken this long to come to this, though I will admit I figured it would have been the WAC and MWC that combined originally, but with the MWC getting the best of the WAC already, it basically is. 

It ought to be interesting how this would work out since there is no chance that every team could play each other in any reasonable span of time.  I still think with only 12 games a year, 12 is the biggest a conference should aspire towards in any attempt at equality.  With 12 teams a team could do as the B10 and PAC were planning to do and play 9 IC games and 3 OOC games, thus only 2 teams wouldn't be played in any given year.  With 14, that number jumped to 4, and with 16, we'll be at 6, and with 20+?  This is like making the entire season into a playoff for a division or something.  2 10-12 team divisions playing each other and than a CCG to decide who's the best.  What is CFB becoming?




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:01 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

I'm calling it the Big Country.
Big Country was also a joke.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:00 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

This is a joke right? 

If you're referring to Dennis Dodd, then yes.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:15 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

This would be WAC 2.0

It didn't work last time.   I don't believe its going to work well for the ACC, PAC 16, etc. 



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:07 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

I agree, it's more of a partnership than a merger.  They're basically just pitting their champions together to come up with a "best of the rest," so to speak, for a BCS berth.

Not the worst idea I've ever heard. 



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 9:47 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

Why not...they should do as all others are going to do??



Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 9:47 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

This makes more sense as it would really still be two conferences with 2 basketball bids but 1 bcs bid. it is more of a partnership than a merger.

Then, what about the mac and sunbelt?




Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 9:36 pm
 

MWC, CUSA discuss first super, duper conference

This actually isn't a bad idea: Pac16, Big16, SEC, ACC and whatever combines from the Big East and Big 12are the major conferences then throw everyone else in a Ginormous Conference give them a BCS bid and we have a fairer system then we currently have. Hopefully all this will lead to a playoff system and fairness won't be an issue anymore.


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