Conference Expansion

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Earlier this summer, a seismic shift in the conference makeup of NCAA Sports was thought to be right around the corner.

Unfortunately, Texas decided to stay put and the Big 10 and Big 12 switched numbers. Oh, and Colorado and Utah went to the Pac-10

Utah going to the Pac-10 didn’t seem like a monumental shift at the time, other than increasing the odds against the Mountain West Conference getting an automatic qualifier in a BCS bowl game–something which was a previous stated goal of the MWC and the reason many schools such as TCU originally joined the conference. 

News began to break yesterday that BYU was considering going independent in football and rejoining the Western Athletic Conference in all other sports.

With that, the MWC officially had no more chances at earning at automatic qualifier into a BCS game. Therefore, the only loyalty to the MWC for many of its members was broken.

With that. it seems likely that the MWC will battle with Conference USA for a lot of schools. There are so many different options that it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

It was also announced earlier today that the MWC had extended invitations to California State University, Fresno and the University of Nevada, Reno.

That, it seems, is the start of some sort of shift in the landscape of conferences. It will be interesting to see how C-USA plays from here.

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About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

Posted on August 18, 2010, in cusa. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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