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Using the Big Sky to backfill the MWC
If the following defections happened:

To PAC XII

SDSU
FRESNO ST
HAWAII
UNLV/NEVADA/BOISE ST./SJSU (1 of those 4)

To BIG XII

CSU
BYU
UNM

Would the MWC backfill with Big Sky teams from the Mountain Time Zone (4 corner states and the Montanas)
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Using the Big Sky to backfill the MWC
Hawaii barely competes in MW, not going to PAC. If this happened it would probably be SDSU, Nevada, Boise (football only)and Fresno.




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Boise needs to be all-in or forget it. But I agree those would be the top 4. Who from the Sky would the MWC backfill with?
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Well....it's the off season. The PAC is only going to be interested in the Big 12 schools.
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(02-10-2017 08:00 AM)MWC Tex Wrote:  Well....it's the off season. The PAC is only going to be interested in the Big 12 schools.

And a selective few of those...
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I don't see the PAC 12 wanting any MWC schools unless there were a sudden population boom in New Mexico.
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If you had 6 vacancies per the OP:

1) Sacramento State
2) Montana
3) Montana State
4) Idaho
5) Portland State

New Mexico State isn't in the Big Sky, but they would be taken if the Mountain West had that many vacancies.

I could see Cal Poly or UC Davis possibly sneaking on to the list as well.

The Mountain West would probably only reload to 10 members, which likely would only mean 3 teams being invited from the Big Sky. In that case, the Big Sky may be content with just 8 members.

If the Big Sky fell to six members, it would be interesting if they could find 2-4 Southland schools willing to move over. Those schools travel costs would increase, but there should be some exit fees available and there would not be nearly the competition for automatic bids in most sports.
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Chargeradio: would the MWC want N CO or S UT? 2-4 from your list were the obvious ones for me, the bookends less so.
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North Dakota State, South Dakota State, UTEP and UTSA could be interesting choices as well.
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It's all up to how many of the front-range schools are left that would force the direction of the glance. C-USA's likely to get gutted before Big Sky, Big West, or Summit get wooed.
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(02-10-2017 08:04 AM)Chappy Wrote:  I don't see the PAC 12 wanting any MWC schools unless there were a sudden population boom in New Mexico.

New Mexico, Colorado St and Hawaii are the only 3 MWC schools that meet the minimum requirements to join the PAC 12, CSU wont get in because Colorado is already there. Hawaii needs about 1.5 million more people, and New Mexico would need a million people to move there to make it. New Mexico is one of the strangest situations there is. Their border state neighbors Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas are booming with population growth while they move forward at a snail pace. Air Force would normally be a great candidate; but not for PAC. UNLV and SDSU are non-starters. Wyoming would need an oil boom that brought 10 million people. Boise St has less of a chance than Idaho. Nevada--I don't know enough about them.
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Not sure which is less credible: MWC to PAC or Big Sky to MWC?


Neither are going to happen.
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Using the Big Sky to backfill the MWC
nah the big sky will all be in the WAC


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Totally agree. Besides, if the MWC got hit that hard you would see the MWC/AAC merger finally happen.

(02-10-2017 12:54 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  Not sure which is less credible: MWC to PAC or Big Sky to MWC?


Neither are going to happen.
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And all cows and pigs will fly right.
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The Cal State schools will never be in the PAC-12. Cal and UCLA will make sure of it.
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The MWC would go after Texas schools first

UTEP, UTSA, TxSt, UNT
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Goofus: I'm inclined to agree about that.
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UTEP for sure should be in the MWC. Zero doubt about that.
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(02-10-2017 02:14 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  UTEP for sure should be in the MWC. Zero doubt about that.

I would assume UTEP would be the most likely replacement as its close to NM, and shares a history with every single MWC school.

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