Forget what a 16-team superconference would do for college athletics — that’s so six hours ago anyway — it’s all about the 22-team “Super Friends” conference now.
At least that’s what the Mountain West and Conference USA are potentially discussing. MWC commissioner Craig Thompson told the Idaho Statesman reports today that both conferences are considering a football-only merger that would include a whopping 22 teams spanning from North Carolina to Hawaii.
Seriously, has no one thought of the consequences for women’s volleyball? (Don’t answer that)
Earlier today, Texas and Oklahoma authorized their presidents to have complete control over their conference realignment future. Based on the comments of OU president David Boren, It’s widely believed that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will move on to the Pac-12. Whether Texas and Texas would do the same isn’t quite as clear, as the Longhorn Network continues to be a hurdle for any possible move.
If Texas does not end up staying in the Big 12, those left behind could connect with any remaining members of the Big East. Thompson added, though, that he would consider taking teams from the Big 12 and Big East who were not picked up as part of the conference realignment shift that appears to be on the cusp of action.
“What I’m hearing from most parties is the Big 12 and Big East institutions that might not get invited (to other BCS leagues), their No. 1 option is they are interested in getting together. That is the highest option on those institutions’ part,” Thompson said, noting that former member TCU would “probably” be ndorsed by the MWC Board of Directors for a re-invite.
Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky also added the following statement:
“We find the activities involving conference realignment fascinating. We are closely watching the recent developments in other conferences, and the potential for change. At the same time, we are working on some creative consolidation strategies that have the potential for positioning our members well into the future. We are particularly intrigued by cooperative possibilities with the Mountain West.”
Fascinating; intriguing. Those would definitely be words you could describe how the “Super Friends” conference would looks. The Houston Chronicle takes a guess at the possibilities:
San Diego State
As we noted yesterday, the Pac-12 could use a similar Pod system if it expanded to 16 teams.
But just think: there was someone all along with the foresight and knowledge to see this type of superconference coming from a mile away.