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MW AQ bid to be decided sometime in the next 7 months

Because the MW decided to dissolve and join with the C-USA, the fate of the AQ bid will require even further scrutiny. The time frame, which may take up to seven months, is indeed an issue, because the new conference will have to be judged on its present merit. Without Temple, Memphis, Houston, SMU, UCF, SDSU and Boise, the alliance looks mighty thin. The bright spot is that the alliance will keep many of these teams, at least for this coming year but not the following. Although there has been some movement, the MW and C-USA still manage separate leagues, have separate websites and haven't even figured out a name for the new conglomeration yet. Because of this time frame, it will further exacerbate the issue of expansion, because the 2 conferences and the new alliance can't afford to reduce the conference strength (and no power teams are left to come in). If the 11 voting members + ND (that's pretty powerful, that one school's AD has a whole vote to himself and you know he will vote "no" because it would reduce the number of at large bids) don't vote before the deadline of June 30th, that could throw any future expansion plans into disarray, as that is the moving announcement deadline.

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