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MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal

Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: October 22, 2011 11:20 am

You thought Big Country was big? Wait until you wade into the details from a consortium that would include more than a quarter of all Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Under the plan being circulated by the Mountain West and Conference USA to FBS administrators, those two conferences would hope to join forces with the Big East in a grouping of 28 to 32 schools in football only. The Big East is still pursuing a 12-team football league.

The idea is for the three conferences to stay viable to the BCS for automatic qualification to a BCS bowl or bowls. For now, call it the Global Conference. 

Those conferences would reorganize to compete in four, eight-team divisions or four, seven-team divisions. It’s not clear from the document how many automatic bids would emerge out of the group.

The Boston Globe and received the document detailing the plan. The Globe first reported its details on Friday.

“In the event the concept of the AQ (automatic qualifier) goes forward,” the document states, “the decision of which conferences receive it, will likely be based on multiple factors, some of which are tangible and others intangible.”

It adds that nothing is assured in the postseason landscape after the 2013 season, the final year of the current BCS/ESPN agreement. The document acknowledges that the five power conferences have “clearly distinguished” themselves – Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and SEC – but that the Big East “has not compared well to most Power Conferences from a competitive standpoint”.

The document goes on to say that there is a “low probability” the Big East would retain its automatic BCS bid after 2013. It states what is already known -- that the conference needed a waiver from commissioners to retain BCS membership in 2008. It also says that the Big East is so low in the current qualification standards that it wouldn’t even qualify for a waiver to remain a BCS league at the moment. It concludes the Big East in its current form does not merit BCS inclusion over “the MW/CUSA.”

That could be self-serving propaganda from the Big Country. Conference USA and the Mountain West announced last week a 22-school alliance from which a champion could emerge that would snag a BCS bowl. Separately, the Mountain West recently proposed a 16-team FBS playoff.

The document obtained by and the Globe goes on to detail “an alternative path” for the Big East worthy of “serious consideration.” If there is a BCS going forward after 2013, it states, the Big East’s best future lies with a “cooperative initiative” rather than individual efforts to rebuild.

“We are at a crossroads,” states the document.

The Global Conference divisions



Boise State




Fresno State

San Diego State

Utah State



Air Force


Colorado State

New Mexico

Texas –El Paso







Southern Miss





Louisiana Tech


Big East





South Florida

Central Florida

East Carolina



The 28-team model would be slightly reorganized and not include San Jose State, Temple, Louisiana Tech, Navy


Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:08 pm

MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal

The only way the madness will end is with a playoff system that the top 16 BCS teams qualify (that will never happen). So we have AQ today and after 2013 the TV money will demand that the BCS games be the top 10 BCS teams (we all see this comming). So how does a college become a top 10 BCS team? Will the conference be the answer? Will win-loses be the only answer? Will TV ratings be the answer? Get ready because we will be no this ride for the next few years.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:29 pm

MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal

There's eight teams. Count them again brother.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:28 pm

MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal


There are more college football fans that enjoy the current way that college football is. We are just not as vocal as those hollering playoff playoff playoff.

With a playoff system, which game do you plan to attend and if your team is knocked out the first round then you have no family gathering at a football game that year.

Under the current system you know when a bowl game is gonna be played, you know where the game would be played and if your team have been invited. You and your family is able to plan for that bowl game.  You are even able to get a bus load of family and friends, frat or sorority members to go with you.

A playoff game played in New York on Jan 2 is not feasible. You have Christmas, New years with all those that are traveling for those holidays, competing with travel arrangements as well as hotel accommodations    

A playoff system would lose the fan base of a team. Pretty soon there would be no one at the games except the few die hard students and a few die heart alum and fans. You must attract the casual fan to be able to fill the seats in an arena.

All that would be taken away with a stupid playoff system. Eventually college football would be destroyed.

The more mature college football fans, alum can see this, it is the immature ones that want to watch a pro game that currently have a playoff. D-1 college football does not need a playoff system.

The need to remain student, alum, family and fan friendly. Take those away and you simply have another pro league where the players don't get paid.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:25 pm

MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal

Are you an idiot or just a "dwebe?"  I recall Southern Miss beating Alabama, albeit not dominating, MORE times than your so called SEC comrades Ole Miss and Miss State.  In fact, Alabama has not renewed the contract to play us on YOUR terms.   Check the 2011 Southern Miss scores against Virginia, Navy, and SMU........................get real idiot..................ya'll keep talking about teams Southern has owned or has beaten lately, like SMU.  I think Southern Miss will take Houston this year given our defense.  This (&*&^&+  against USM has gone on forever, but you can say it all as you like, but records on the fields WILL be worth something.  Give Southern Miss the AQ and can you say "Boise?"  No, you can't because all you can do is snicker and villify. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:07 pm

Global Conference minus 1

Where's the eighth team in the proposed West division? I only count 7 teams.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:07 pm

MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal

This global BS though... That's for the birds. Stupid. 28 teams? 32 teams? Don't need it! Seriously. That layout looks ridiculous.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:05 pm

MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal

This is a truly retarted model. Just take the best 16 teams and form two dvisions. East and West. West= Boise, San Diego, Air Force, SMU, Southern Miss, Houston, Nevada and Fresno/Hawaii or Tulsa... East=Louisville, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Navy, UCONN, South Florida, UCF, East Carolina. This is a for sure BCS conference. Also, MWC could just create on themselves and then teams aren't flying back and forth 2000 miles everytime they play. Just put in 12 best teams from the west. Boise, Nevada, Hawaii, Houston, SMU, Southern Miss, Air Force, San Diego, Fresno, Tulsa, Utah State, and BYU would probably come back if MWC was an auto qualifier. There are the best twelve teams in the west that would most likely do it.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:22 pm

MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal

Hate to break it to you Aztec but most schools do not want a playoff. Of the 120 or so voting members, maybe five want a playoff. You also have to remember there are two types of fans, and they are not equal. You have casual fans and alumni and while there are fewer of the later, they count for a heck of a lot more than the casual fan does. Furthermore, the NCAA has no power to force or encourage a playoff. That resides exclusively with the university presidents of which a significant majority are needed. T

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:40 am

MWC/CUSA behind Global Conference proposal

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:09 am

Global Conference: Good idea for bad reason

Don't like the fact that this is about getting a AQ to the BCS.  What I think is valuable, is it is forcing what most fans and schools want -- a playoff system.  Instead of using this to force AQ, the NCAA should jump on this and use it as a way to do away with the BCS and create a football playoff system.

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