Originally Posted by paintmered
As for the leftovers, the best case scenario is to merge with the Big XII north schools. UC's best hope is to hitch their wagon to Louisville, wherever that may be.
I don't see a happy ending to this story for UC, USF and Louisville.
UC's best option in all of this might be to try and carve out a new regional conference for itself out of BE / MAC / B12 / C-USA programs and then immediately file a lawsuit against the BCS or lobby for government action to force some sort of inclusion.
The reality of UC / Louisville / USF situation is this -- when you look at the level of competition that will exist in the new "Super 4" conferences, there is absolutely no combination of schools that will get a new conference a seat at the BCS table. Conferences need "tentpole" programs, and all the B12/BE merger scenarios lack anything resembling that. Further, these franken-conference suggestions lack any sex appeal for television (especially considering how much money will be committed to the Super 4 deals).
The best move would be to form a conference that's competitive, and minimizes travel costs -- because the simple truth is that this process will leave the outsiders as functionally D1AA programs. The only way to solve it will be legal or governmental action.
Thus, my suggested conference -- the MAC12:
- Iowa State
- Kansas State
- Northern Illinois
- Ohio University
- Bowling Green