OT: Mountain West & CUSA Merging

Submitted by Watts Club Moz… on October 14th, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Just hit the AP wires at work:


"Mountain West, Conference USA combine for 22-member football conference."



October 14th, 2011 at 6:29 PM ^

how is this supposed to work? Maybe they are assuming that a bunch of their members are going to get poached?


Man I really loathe confrence expansion

1 percent

October 14th, 2011 at 6:32 PM ^

Maybe they will split it up so what basically happens is the champs of the Mnt. West division and the CUSA division play each other in a championship game? 


October 14th, 2011 at 6:47 PM ^

ago that the Big East plans to invite AF, UCF(all sports), Boise, and Navy. So that is 2 MWC teams, 1 CUSA team, and an Independent. Not to mention TCU leaves for the Big 12. So that puts the "mega-baby seal" conference at 18.


Also, SDSU is courting the Big 12 for membership...so that would put them at 17. So maybe they saw these moves as inevitable.



October 14th, 2011 at 7:34 PM ^

They are trying to convince the BCS that quantity equals quality.  They seem to think that if they add 22 shit sandwiches together, it becomes poached salmon and filet mignon with piped potatoes and broccoli with hollandaise.  That is not the way it works.


October 14th, 2011 at 7:37 PM ^

we haz them!!!


I find this pretty ironic considering the reason the Mountain West exists is because its members broke away from the expanded WAC because a 16 team conference just didn't work.




October 14th, 2011 at 7:49 PM ^

I'm so confused...

The Pac-10 is the Pac-12 and has two states in the Mountain time zone. The Big 10 is at 12 and has a conference championship game. The CUSA and Mountain West have formed a crazy alliance. The SEC is at 13. The ACC is at 14. Boise State and Air Force will be in a conference with 'East' in the name.



October 14th, 2011 at 9:30 PM ^

Their math must be wrong.  Its not like when you put 11 bottom feeding teams in C-USA with 11 from the MWC you get a competitive conference with good teams.  Now its just one really bad, big conference instead of two smaller ones.


October 14th, 2011 at 9:50 PM ^

I like this move by CUSA and MW; it's smart and pre-emptive given the Big - (L)East's current attempts to poach some teams. In looking at the media reports, it seems like the Big (L)East was not expecting this development and that UCF may well not be leaving and that their plans to expand might be also more limited than they originally thought. 

I think you'll see CUSA/MW get an AQ out of this (for their super overall supreme champion of football championship game) for the BCS. The follow up will be the Big (L)East have to turn tail and go groveling to Temple to come in as an all sports member and the elevation of Villanova football (and their 15000 seat stadium...to FBS...

With 22 teams the CUSA/MW football merger could easily supply random Friday night and Saturday noon games forever.


October 14th, 2011 at 10:47 PM ^

I guess this works, but that means certain teams won't play each other more than once or twice a decade. Kind of hurts rivalries, but I guess it snags them a BCS bid.