...is going to be the new 18-24 team C-USA/Mountain West Merger conference.
The news today was that this new conference isn't going to merge for just football, but it will be an all-sport merger in order to negotiate new TV contracts. The conference press release gave a couple interesting details
1. The new conference will encompass 18-24 members. That means 2-6 new members will be added. I'm assuming they'll be all-sport members. Temple is the only one confirmed in talks.
2. There will be a 4 team playoff for the conference football championship. I guess this answers the questions we had about whether a conference can hold a playoff for its football championship or not...
Possible expansion targets probably will include Temple, UMass (adding BCS football next year), North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Utah State, San Jose St, New Mexico State, and Idaho.
Adding any WAC teams will essentially provide the death blow to the remnants of that conference...
If you can split things into 'pods' and play mostly regional games, basically having regional conferences within the conference as a whole for tv negotiating purposes, you can have the benefits of both large and small conferences.
Good for them. The free market is acting to create an opportunity for those teams that the current system of dozens of third tier bowls cannot provide. Sorry to offend anyone who was glued to the New Mexico or Idaho Potato Bowls back in December week 3.
The unfortunate thing is that if they get too cozy they will create a permanent/official subclass of football between FCS and FBS. Although that already pretty much exists right now-- so what's to lose.
I thought the NCAA explicitly stated that you were only allow a championship game. No additional playoffs allowed. I wonder if this got the NCAA's blessing. If so, I think we're headed to a 16 team SEC and PAC sooner rather than later.
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