My P.I.C. at the H-D, Chuck Landon, wrote this column Tuesday on the potential for more conference shuffling that could impact Marshall’s new league — some combination of the leftovers from the Mountain West and Conference USA.
I discussed the topic on a Charleston radio show Friday after the gentlemen Landon cited, Bruce Marshall, went on a San Diego radio station last week and revealed the possibility that San Diego State and Boise State — two soon-to-be Big East members — could renege on that deal and stay in this new, massive, revised league that stretches five time zones.
If you missed Bruce Marshall’s radio spot, I transcribed most of it for you:
I am hearing there’s a lot of wiggle room for Boise State and San Diego State to get out of this thing. I would not be surprised if come 2013 both of them are staying in the Mountain West, which will have amalgamated with Conference USA at this point. Probably, before the end of the year, we’ll know.
What you’re going to want to see what is going to happen with the BCS coming up here because there’s a very good chance — now they just had a meeting in Dallas last week with the conference commissioners and Notre Dame. They are going to reconvene soon. But by the summer they are going to come up with some sort of Plan B on 2013 for the BCS which many people believe is going to eliminate that automatic conference qualifier for a league like the Big East.
Frankly, Boise and San Diego State made some decisions short-term money-wise for football. It seemed like a pretty good decision, better than what they had in the Mountain West. But there’s still the deal of a new football TV contract for the Big East that is yet to be signed and the fact ESPN pulled out of that last fall … that prompted TCU to back out of that deal with the Big East.
The new development, though, is that the Mountain West-Conference USA amalgamation will result in a better TV deal. It’s not going to be Pac-12 or SEC quality, but the Mountain West and C -USA schools can each look to get three to four times money from a conference TV deal coming up in conjunction with C-USA. Given the other sports in there too, there’s some people wonderng if Boise State and San Diego State made the right move and I could see this thing unraveling for both of them before the end of the year.
So, what do you think? Should San Diego State and Boise State stay put? Should they?
It’d certainly benefit Marshall if that were to happen.