The still unnamed Mountain West and Conference USA merger could be getting a little more crowded. Apparently 11, schools including every school within the WAC, has shown interested in joining this monster league, according to CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy:
The schools that have been in contact with either league are: Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Utah State from the WAC; Florida Atlantic, Florida International and North Texas from the Sun Belt; and Charlotte from the Atlantic 10.
The league has said that they want to get to 18-24 teams, and it is no surprise that the WAC schools are trying to get out from under that sinking ship. One side note that is interesting is that Charlotte, who is starting football in the fall of 2013, and Texas-San Antonio are showing interest in joining the Sun Belt to get that league to 12 teams. Texas-San Antonio sees the WAC as not viable long term and is trying to leave even before it begins play this fall with the WAC.
Again, none of these schools do anything to help the league. An argument could be made that Utah State, the Texas and Florida schools could be of some help for recruiting and television markets.
So, is it worth jumping from a really fast sinking ship or a much larger slowly sinking ship?