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MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:10 pm
 

Presidents from the Mountain West and Conference USA will meet Sunday in Dallas to discuss forming a new league, CBSSports.com has learned.

The move was not described as a full-on merger and talks are still in the early stages. According to a source, the new league could be football only, all sports or some other consolidation. Two sources said not all of the two conferences’ presidents will attend the meeting.

But there is urgency on both sides.  Raiding by the Big East has caused each conference to reconsider its future.  Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told CBSSports.com last week that he is concerned about membership issues in light of recent defections. The NCAA requires a league to have at least six members that sponsor, at a minimum, eight men’s sports and six women’s sports.

The leagues announced in October that they were forming a football “association” for scheduling purposes. Back then, the idea was for the champions of the two leagues to play with the winner getting an automatic BCS berth. That was before the Big East moved aggressively to invite a combined five schools from both conferences.

A 90-day memorandum of understanding that came out of the October announcement expires on Sunday, the same day as the meeting.

Also in October, the Mountain West and Conference USA proposed a consortium with the Big East that would include more than a quarter of the 120 FBS schools.

CBSSports.com’s Brett McMurphy reported in December that the two leagues were looking at an all-sports merger. Boise State and San Diego State from the Mountain West as well as SMU, Houston and Central Florida from Conference USA were formally invited to the Big East in early December.

Crippling the leagues further: According to an industry source, Boise, SMU and Houston comprise three of the four most TV-attractive schools from the current Mountain West and Conference USA. Air Force is the other.

The earliest the new league being reported today could begin play is 2013, but that start date may have to be pushed back.

With the apparent end of automatic qualifying conferences (beginning in 2014), the two leagues would be fortifying themselves are strongly as possible. One Conference USA school source speculated how different a new league would be from the new Big East in terms of football strength and television viability. The answer as of now: Not much.  

Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:57 pm
 

MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

Merged CUSA/MWC would be on par with the new Big East from day one.  You are keeping the three best teams historically in CUSA (ECU,Tulsa,USM) and MWC is losing a team that it had for one season in Boise along with a nobody in San Diego St.  Boise is the lone team in the Big East with a annual national presence but we shall see how that holds up in the long run.  If the Big East is a better conference at the time all of this takes place it will be marginally at best. 



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:42 pm
 

MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

HOPE IT WORKS,  we will end up with 4 super confrences and then the big east.  the big east is garbage



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:39 pm
 

MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

Forming one single conference between these two conferences would probable be in the best interest of both. They are crippled to the point they might not be able to continue as they are.

If the AQ would be eliminated in the coming year it might be best to have this conference place as soon as possible.

Scheduling might be a problem if the powers of the proposed conference fail to make a decision soon.

The conference should include all sports and not just football. These one sport conferences become an administration nightmare. Look at the Big-East. How many schools do they now have for football and basketball to include the other conference sports.



“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:37 pm
 

MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

The problem is that as mentioned in the other article, there are so many ideas being kicked around that I just don't see a consenus in place for 2014.  Everyone has a different idea and no one can agree on what the replacement should be.  I think AQ is doomed in the long run, I just don't know that I would bet on it happening by 2014.  I concur that the TV media market will be a MAJOR concern with the new merger as it simply isn't there anymore with the schools leaving.  Air Force may decide to go to the BE at some point in the future after Navy hammers down a definite date, so I don't know that they are a 100% lock either.  The other major issue is the TV contract as C-USA and MWC are on completely different ends of the spectrum in terms of their TV contracts.  If the Mountain West gets it's way and pressures C-USA to adopt it's mess of ESPN, CBS Sports, Versus (NBC Sports), and the mtn, then expect teams to start jumping ship ASAP.  People keep harping on the AQ as the reason for teams leaving the Mountain West. While that is a consideration, teams would still readily bolt from the Mountain West at the first shot of increased TV revenue and media exposure.  BYU is a perfect example, and to a lesser extent Utah, TCU, BSU and SDSU.  The point is that even though their initial interest might have been AQ Status (Barring BYU), the media exposure and revenue were ultimately the deciding factor.  The WAC and C-USA both have better media exposure than the MWC (although less revenue) and that should be a major concern for C-USA merging the MWC.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:08 pm
 

MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

how about wait until Boise gets into the Big East, they are going to drop down a notch...it'll happen.



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:03 pm
 

MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

All 11 of the conference presidents met last week.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:58 pm
 

MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

With the apparent end of automatic qualifying conferences (beginning in 2014), the two leagues would be fortifying themselves are strongly as possible. One Conference USA school source speculated how different a new league would be from the new Big East in terms of football strength and television viability. The answer as of now: Not much.  

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Seriously???   The difference will be huge.  BEAST will be so far ahead of CMW with Boise St it is not funny.




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:53 pm
 

MWC, CUSA talk forming new league

The current BCS contract expires in 2013. The BCS contract spells out the automatic qualifying conference bids.  The Big 5 conferences met last week though to discuss going to a playoff system rather than doing another BCS format.  Will have to wait and see what happens.


corona79
Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:44 pm
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