MWC could seize shot to get stronger

June, 10, 2010
Depending on how much more the landscape of college athletics changes, the Mountain West Conference might be in position to really take advantage of it and strengthen its league.

Commissioner Craig Thompson was not available for interviews thanks to a pre-arranged family vacation. But he did issue this statement today:
“The Mountain West Conference is fully in tune with the ongoing developments in the intercollegiate athletics landscape, including today’s announcement of a change in other conferences’ memberships,” Thompson said. “We remain in communication with key parties and are continuing to implement our internal strategies. These deliberations are ongoing and will be remain confidential until the appropriate time.”

So what if Big 12 teams Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State bolt for the Pac-10, er, 16? If I'm the MWC, I'm ready to jump in and expand in a hurry.

And the best part for the MWC is they sit at 9 teams now. They could expand all the way to 16 or settle at somewhere in between. For TV purposes, this game of realignment and expansion is all about college football. But how good would Kansas' basketball program look for the MWC. They could add the Big 12 leftovers: Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Iowa State and throw in Boise State and go with a 14 team conference with two 7-team divisions. They could even go another step and take Houston and UTEP or a host of other possibilities (Mizzouri if they don't go Big 10?) and go to 16 teams. Of course, the MWC could also just invite Kansas, Kansas State and Boise and leave Baylor and Iowa State on the outside looking in.

The bottom line: There are plenty of options to make the MWC stronger. Yes, they are already on the path to inclusion in the BCS. But adding these types of teams only enhances that position.

What do you think?
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Fitzsimmons and Durrett: OSU scandal

Part 2 of the articles on OSU's involvment in academic fraud was released. Some claim the expose is unfounded. Ian and Richard warn that there are two sides to all stories.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Longhorns talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mack Brown, Manny Diaz and all the latest with the Texas Longhorns.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Barkley on Manziel

Fitzsimmons and Durrett give you the latest on the Johnny Manziel story and Charles Barkley weighs in. You won't believe who the outspoken NBA Hall of Famer is disappointed in and what he thinks about the autograph allegations.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Kirk Herbstreit

Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly visit to preview the 2013 college football season.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Andy Dalton

Former TCU and current Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the expectations for the Bengals this season, give a prediction for the TCU-LSU game and talk about what it's like having the Hard Knocks cameras follow him.

Galloway and Company: Manziel talk

Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley, and Mark Friedman react to Dez Bryant's comments regarding the NCAA's ongoing investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dez Bryant sounds off

Richard Durrett, Ian Fitzsimmons and Glenn "Stretch" Smith react to Dez Bryant sounding off yesterday after practice about Johnny Manziel and the shadiness of the NCAA.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dan Beebe

Former NCAA investigator and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to weigh in on the Johnny Manziel drama and give some insight as to what goes on during an NCAA investigation.