Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Today it was announced that San Diego State and Boise State would be heading to the Big East as football-only members, likely in 2013. The move makes sense from a football perspective, I suppose. The plan would be that Boise State and SDSU would play in a new "west" division of the Big East, that likely will include SMU, Houston, and perhaps Louisville. Obviously, SDSU wants a cut of the guaranteed BCS money that the Big East can offer, as well as a much better television deal.
The football conference, however will be watered down. I think the Mountain West is an extremely underrated conference, with Boise, TCU, and Wyoming all having solid seasons. Utah and BYU also had a great deal of success in their time in the Mountain West. The Aztecs have a shot to make a BCS Bowl each year, but what about the basketball program, the same program that might be the strongest on the West Coast currently?
Well don't fret Aztec fans, the basketball programs, as well as the dozens of other sports that no one cares about are headed to the Big West. The competition in the conference is far below what the Aztecs have faced in the MWC. Currently, the Mountain West has the 5th highest RPI rating in college basketball; the Big West is currently ranked 25th out of the 32 conferences in Division 1 basketball. The Aztecs will play against such stalwarts as UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and Cal Poly! Feel the excitement building!
I suppose the positive is that the Aztecs should be the favorite in that crappy conference every year. The school should also save money on travel, since every school, with the exception of Hawaii, are located in California. (Hawaii joins the Big West for all sports except for football in 2012). However, Steve Fisher is building a truly special program in San Diego. Viejas Arena is packed for each game, and a move to the Big West just seems like a step backward for a team that was ranked as high as #4 last year. Not to mention that the Big East headquarters is over 3,000 miles from San Diego. I do not like the move at all.
Posted by Kevin Charity at 8:09 PM