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C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:15 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 6:20 am
 
The institutions from Conference USA and the Mountain West are dissolving both leagues to create their own conference, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com.

The new conference will consist of 18 to 24 members and start in the 2013-14 academic year. It would not only have a conference championship football game, but also conference semifinals. Conference USA and the Mountain West would continue as is for the 2012-13 season.

The reason that the institutions are dissolving and forming their own league and not just merging is for legal reasons, sources said.

"This presidentially led association will ensure stability and be built upon the principles of operating at the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship, enhancing the student-athlete academic and competitive experience, bringing fiscal discipline into athletics and ensuring competitive fairness," said a statement from UNLV president Neal Smatresk and Tulane president Scott Cowen.

"This is an exciting development that will stabilize the current conferences and create the first truly national conference with members in five time zones and television viewership from coast to coast," Smatresk said. "This partnership brings together like-minded institutions to improve the integrity and stability of intercollegiate athletics. We are moving our plans forward rapidly and expect to complete our conversations in the near future. Look for further announcements soon as we work together on this exciting new venture."

The structure of the new conference, Smatresk and Cowen's statement said, will have a "national scope from the Atlantic Seaboard to Hawaii, regular season scheduling in divisions, NCAA FBS affiliation and mechanisms to emphasize and improve academic standards and fiscal responsibility."

The presidents and chancellors will have follow-up meetings during the next six months to fully develop the operational issues essential to the formation of the association.

The new league -- which is yet to be named -- is expected to consist of  Southern Miss, Marshall, East Carolina, UAB, Tulsa, Rice, UTEP and Tulane from C-USA and Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico, Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii from the MWC. Hawaii would be a football-only member.

Temple also is a possibility. The school was contacted by Conference USA, sources told CBSSports.com, when the Big East last week opted to invited Memphis instead of Temple.

CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd first reported last month about the possibility of the leagues dissolving and forming their own league.

Both leagues have suffered significant losses. BYU went independent last season, while TCU is leaving for the Big 12 and Boise State and San Diego State are leaving for the Big East, with Boise State possibly joining the Big East this summer. C-USA also lost Houston, UCF, SMU and Memphis to the Big East, starting in 2013.


Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:42 pm
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

it's called free enterprise.  It's what built America.  I would hate to think what Uncle Stupid or Uncle Sugar would do to the system.  believe me, it will adjust itself in about three years.  The talk is no AQ conferences, and a 4 team playoff.  In about 10 years a 16 team playoff will be in place. 



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:26 am
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

Want to hear something that is funnier than that? English is not my first language and I most likely spell better than most on here, including you.
Well, that's just not funny at all.  I congratulate you on your world class spelling ability, but a comedian you are not. 



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:17 pm
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

Realignment is getting out of hand. Someone needs to step up and put a stop to this. A few teams moving here and there, that's one thing, but what we have now, it just ridiculous. All for what, a BCS AQ status, television money? If the BCS AQ status is not retained for conferences, all the shuffling was for nothing. Come on Conference commissioners , school AD's, the powers that be that run the BCS and the NCAA; time to step up and end this madness.





Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:48 pm
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

You can get to 24 teams quite easily, MWC-CUSA and add the WAC and three Sunbelt teams. That gets you 24 teams that you can split into four regions/divisions. All those divisions make absolute geograpgoc sense:

Conference USA

Pacific    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;  Mountain  
;     &nbs
p;   Plains     
;     &nbs
p;     East
UNLV     &
nbsp;     
      
;    Wyoming&nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     Tulsa     
      
;     &nbs
p; Marshall
Nevada     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp; Air Force     
      
;  Rice     &
nbsp;     
      
;  East Carolina
Hawaii     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;  Colorado St.     &n
bsp;  UTEP     &
nbsp;     
      
; UAB
San Jose State     
  New Mexico     
;    Louisiana Tech    Southern Miss.
Fresno State     
     Utah St.     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;  Tulane     
;     &nbs
p;     Western Kentucky
Idaho     
      
;     &nbs
p;   New Mexico St.    Arkansas State    M. Tenn. State

Schedule is 8 conference games, i.e. Pacific plays all in conference and rotates playing 3 in mountain division each year that way you are playing those in your region at least every other year. Divisional champs play a semifinal (Pac v. Mtn and Plains v. east) with winners playing championship game. This leaves the Sunbelt in a bit of dissarray with Arkansas State, Mid Tenn. and W. Kentucky leaving but they can be replaced by the Texas schools that had committed to the WAC in the future.    &nbs
p; 




Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:36 pm
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

You can get to 24 teams quite easily, MWC-CUSA and add the WAC and three Sunbelt teams. That gets you 24 teams that you can split into four regions/divisions. All those divisions make absolute geograpgoc sense:

Conference USA

Pacific    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;  Mountain    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
      Plains     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;East

UNLV     &
nbsp;     
      
;     &nbs
p;    Wyoming    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
Tulsa     
      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp; Marshall 
Nevada     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp; Air Force     
      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp; Rice     &
nbsp;     
      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;  East Carolina
Hawaii     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;  Colorado St.         
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;    UTEP     &
nbsp;     
      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp; UAB
San Jose State     
      
;  New Mexico     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   Louisiana Tech     &
nbsp;     
     Southern Miss.
Fresno State     
      
;     Utah
St.     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
      
;     &nbs
p;  Tulane  &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
      
;  Western Kentucky
Idaho     
      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;   New Mexico St.     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
    Arkansas State     
      
;     M. Tenn. State

Schedule is 8 conference games, i.e. Pacific plays all in conference and rotates playing 3 in mountain division each year that way you are playing those in your region at least every other year.

Divisional champs play a semifinal (Pac v. Mtn and Plains v. east) with winners playing championship game.

This leaves the Sunbelt in a bit of dissarray with Arkansas State, Mid Tenn. and W. Kentucky leaving but they can be replaced by the Texas schools that had committed to the WAC in the future.    &nbs
p; 

 


 



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:41 pm
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

Navy over Mizzou for the Big 10? I don't see the reasoning behind that, but it is a moot point anyway with Mizzou now in the country's premiere football conference.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:40 pm
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

What's even funnier is the guy who criticizes someone's spelling, then misspells the very next word he types.

Want to hear something that is funnier than that? English is not my first language and I most likely spell better than most on here, including you.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:26 pm
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league


Maybe you have in mind America's Empty Quarter? Two words: Mormons and Buffaloes.

In your observations of Mormons and Buffaloes, cities like Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, Honolulu, El Paso, Houston, Las Vegas...all of these cities but one has a population greater than 1 million in their metro's. That must be a huge number of Buffalo and not people. The conference was formed in all sports, not just football. How much revenue do you think this conference will take in basketball, considering there is twice to trice the number of games than football? Anyone really think that football is the only game here? Now let's take a look at academics, many of these universities transfer students frequently, and when I say universities, this is from coast to coast. Credit acceptance, scholarships and financial transfers, all these locations have similar COL indexes, except hawaii of course, and movement would be as simple as signing a name. Think outside your box of the east coast, we Buffaloes will stampede your elita A soon.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:14 pm
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

Delusions of granger.  That's funny.  What's even funnier is the guy who criticizes someone's spelling, then misspells the very next word he types.




Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:37 am
 

C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

Let's try that one more time. CBS left out the intro to my second paragraph in my first try to post this.
Re my last post, I got ahead of myself and was giving your argument unwarranted credit, by assuming not a simple merger of C-USA with the Moutain West, but a menage a trois that also involved the Big Least. Never mind. No San Diego or NYC in which to rustle up enthusiasm for new-found rivalries with Wyoming and Nevada-Reno. (Do New Yorkers even KNOW that such places exist? "Yes, that's right, dear...that little bitty speck down there...or is it over there?") Nor even the possibility of gaining significant mindshare in Florida.

So, 50 million pair of eyeballs or more, eh? Let's do some math:
First, add the Metropolitan Areas of each of the cities which these future football titans call home. That'd be fewer than 17 million. That includes Houston's 5,900,000 people, approximately 43 of whom might watch a Rice game because (a) it's too damn hot to go outside and (b) I think the wife is on to my porn stash. Plus 1,400,000 Hawaiians who wouldn't attend a game if you gave them free tickets and free beer. (No, LITERALLY; they already tried. And failed.) Then there are the 1,200,000 who call NOLA home, most of whom can probably think of a million things that they'd rather do than get drunk and mugged going into the city for a Tulane game while there's a perfectly wonderful LSU game for which they can get a head start getting plastered. Then there's Colorado Springs and its 646,000 Buffaloes fans. Several of the other cities also have, shall we say, conflicted loyalties. I'll give you El Paso, but only because I'm feeling generous; it's heavily Latino, true, and quite civic-minded, but I'm still not at all convinced that the Longhorns need fear too many defections. (In Amarillo, maybe, because they identify as Westerners and Tech is an unavoidable fact of life there.) Now, Mississippians and Alabamans can never get enough football, so I imagine that they'd squeeze the occassional game in around pep rallys and BBQ and prop bets for the Tide and the War Eagles and the Rebels and the Bulldogs, but only if no other SEC game were on TV, so you'd best load up on Tuesday night lights.

So, that's fewer than 17 million, less 7.7 million Houstonians, Colorado Springbok, and New Orleanians who for sure won't even care and 1.4 million Hawaiians who just won't find the time. Yeah, the new Great Atlantic & Pacific (A&P) Conference will really clean up selling Madison Avenue on the remaining 8-9,000,000 potential fans. Not to mention all of the tradition and success which they bring to the party.


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