Conference Expansion: Mountain West, C-USA To Have League Decided By June

There seem to be some small hiccups between what the plan is for the Mountain West and Conference USA. Are they making an alliance, merging together or something new. The only certain thing is that the two leagues are working together.

C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky confirmed the league will be completed by early June, but the details of this new league are still very much up in the air.

The latest updated once again comes from CBS Sports Brett McMurphy:

Banowsky said the 16 institutions - East Carolina, Marshall, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB and Texas-El Paso from C-USA and Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, UNLV and Wyoming from the MWC - have "decided to work together to form a new association.

"They've entered into binding agreements to that affect. They've received govern approval in some cases from their various regents and trustees," Banowsky said. "A lot of details to be worked out, obviously, including structure, management, a name of a new association, television, media rights."

A new word has cropped up with "new association," whatever that means. It now joins merger and alliance as the latest buzz words surrounding this mess. It is an understatement that a lot of details need to be worked out, and from my end it looks like every detail needs to be worked out.

I guess we have to wait until June to see what happens, but it seems like these issues such as earning NCAA money or earning only one automatic should have been resolved earlier in this process. Banowsky also added the league may grow to 24 teams with two independent divisions, again is that a scheduling alliance or one large conference with two divisions that rarely play each other.

This is why I am still leery of this conglomerate actually working well long term.

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