The talk last week was of the creation of a super conference, merging the Mountain West, Conference USA and Big East.
The conference would have 28 or 32 teams and have its conference champion determined by a playoff.
What happened? The Oct. 26 meeting was cancelled at the last minute and the Big East was contemplating whether or not to just grab teams instead of joining the conferences where those teams currently call home.
And the Big East did the latter.
Wednesday, it was reported that the Big East is officially going to try to raid the Mountain West and Conference USA, inviting the MW’s Boise State and Air Force as football-only members and inviting Houston, SMU and Central Florida as full members.
What’s the Mountain West’s response? It looks like it might raid the WAC again if Boise State and Air Force do leave.
“If we were to find out that people are leaving, I’d make my recommendation to the board,” MW commissioner Craig Thompson told the Union-Tribune. “I have a recommendation for the board that includes several contingencies. I have not sent it but am prepared to send it if necessary.”
That recommendation might include inviting current WAC stalwarts San Jose State and Utah State.
It would be the second time in two years that the Mountain West has grabbed teams from the WAC. Last year, the MW added Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii—the latter three joining the conference starting in the 2012-13 school year.
According to the San Jose Mercury-News, San Jose State has already had conversations with the Mountain West about the possibility of joining the conference.
Any additions would be for the 2013-14 school year.
“We’re very committed to the integrity of the process,” San Jose State athletic director Tom Bowen told the Mercury-News. “We have not jeopardized our support of the Western Athletic Conference…(If invited by the MW), we’d have to do what’s best for San Jose State.”
This process may actually be happening faster than many thought it would. Thursday, the Idaho State Board of Education gave Boise State the green light to pursue a move to the Big East.
While Boise State seems eager to move to the Big East, sources have told ESPN.com that Air Force is reluctant to leave the Mountain West.
The only possibility that would guarantee Air Force’s departure is if Navy commits to joining the Big East.
All of this has Thompson a bit worried and is admittedly trying to stop the moves.
“What we’re doing is cannibalizing each other,” Thompson told the UT. “I wish we could convince all parties to call a timeout, go to you respective corners and take a deep breath. Then let’s all come back, sit down at a table and see how this might work.”
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