The new kid on the block

Jun 152010
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

The Mountain West Conference got a little more crowded last week, and it seems all on board are OK with getting a little cozy.

In reaction to college athletic conference realignments, much like a game of chess in which CU-Boulder blinked first, joining the Pac-10, MWC presidents unanimously voted to add Boise State University to its now 10-team conference.

And not a moment too soon.

The Broncos, who’ve made a living off busting the Bowl Championship Series, not only add another high caliber team to an already rising conference but also boost the chances the MWC will receive a BCS automatic qualifying bid.

Let us explain. See, big conferences like the Big 12, Pac-10 and the Southeastern Conference have a edge up as automatic bid schools in being asked to play in a prestigious bowl games, like the Rose and Sugar Bowls.

Adding a school like Boise State should further push the NCAA to give the MWC automatic bid status, letting the best teams in our conference to vie for a chance at a large bowl game, or national championship.

More bowl games equals more athletic recognition and therefore a better reason to cheer on our Rammies.

But all rah rah stuff aside, this is a good move for one reason: money. Specifically filtering back into our Athletics Department.

See, these big shot conferences get automatic invitations to big shot games, where they make big shot money. And they don’t want to give that up.

So adding Boise State to the already highly-visible Mountain West Conference strikes a blow to the collusion that is college football right now, and in the long run should garner notoriety, and funding, for CSU.

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