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Alternate History and Future College Sports Realignment Scenarios
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RE: Alternate History and Future College Sports Realignment Scenarios
In this alternate timeline, the fabled merger between the MWC and CUSA occurs!* After initially toying with the name "Mountain West Conference USA", they decide to just stick with the generic "Conference USA". Having planned for 16 teams by 2013, the intended year of the merger, the members are surprised (some pleasantly) by Boise and SDSU backing out of the Big East/AAC. They press on with an 18-team league that lacks interdivisional FB play aside from the CCG. Incidentally, the merger spares the WAC from its seemingly imminent doom as an FBS conference, though they need an NCAA waiver to limp along with only 7 full FB members instead of the required 8. The Sun Belt membership also remains blissfully unplundered.

CUSA 2013
East: East Carolina, Marshall, New Mexico, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UTEP
West: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii* (Big West), Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming

Sun Belt 2013
FB: Arkansas State, FAU, FIU, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, South Alabama, Troy, Western Kentucky
NFB: Little Rock

WAC 2013
FB: Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Utah State, UTSA
NFB: Seattle, Texas-Arlington

Fortunately for the conference that bit off more than it could chew, the membership is downsized the next season, as ECU, Tulane, and Tulsa depart for the AAC. Marshall, far from any remaining conference mates, wisely defects to the Sun Belt, giving that conference 12 FB schools. This leaves CUSA with a more manageable 14 teams for 2014. The desperate WAC eventually finds an 8th FB member in remote, controversial Liberty, which is able to join the FBS earlier than in our timeline and with an actual conference invite (although this does require the loaded "non-profit" to subsidize the other members' hefty expenses on travel to Lynchburg).

So here are the 3 conferences today:

CUSA
East: Air Force, Colorado State, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, Wyoming
West: Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii (FB only), Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV

Sun Belt
East: FAU, FIU, Georgia State, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky
West: Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, South Alabama, Troy
NFB: Little Rock

WAC
FB: Idaho, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Utah State, UTSA
NFB: Seattle, Texas-Arlington

* Never mind the implausibility of voluntarily surrendering an NCAAT autobid....
(This post was last modified: 10-12-2019 05:45 AM by Nerdlinger.)
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