Quick look at his Twitter feed shows Tulsa, Northwestern, KSt, and Toledo offering. I still want to know how out of state programs are identifying and offering prospects 20 minutes from us quicker than our staff. Toledo? Really?
I agree that the Pac-Whatever name would prevail.
I know it looks bad to be coming up with an exit plan for a conference we've been in for less than a year and haven't won a championship in, but always have to be looking ahead. Considering the conference has already lost one school since we've joined, and programs like Memphis, Tulane, and USF are trying to escape (probably trying to position themselves to join the ACC if that conference falls apart). The American I think is extremely succeptible of allowing future conference realignment/purging pushing it to look like CUSA 2.0.
While this hypothetical Pac-18 wouldn't have the prestige it did with all the schools that just bolted for the B10/B12, I do think there is a bigger sense of pride for the conference you play in when it boasts the name of the region it represents (Pac, SEC, ACC - although ACC is now the Any Coast Conference). The American, like CUSA, has a very random geographic footprint. Also, having institutions that are the University of their state (New Mexico, Hawaii, Nevada, Wyoming), or the State University of their state (CSU, USU, OSU, Wazzou) looks more big-time to me. Meanwhile in The American you've got a random collection of directional schools, schools that are branches of bigger institutions, small-name private schools, etc.)
ESPN, or another media rights bidder, will determine which school's brand have the most value to offer, as far as media goes, if they trim down the MWC roster.
Obviously, the PAC Conference brand > MWC brand in name recognition and media value.
8 schools is the NCAA minimum number to keep a conference whole. There is a 2-year waiver if membership falls below that. The 2-year clock for OSU/WSU starts with the 2024-25 sports year.
If the PAC-2 / ESPN cherry pick from the MWC, I'd rank the programs as:
Boise, SDSU, Fresno, AF, UNLV, Colo St, Wyoming, Utah St, Nevada, UNM, Hawaii, SJSU
Major media city connections = San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Denver, Honolulu, Reno, Albuquerque
Here is the current MWC map. Oregon St and Washington St would fit in nicely but their fans will not be happy if it's under the MWC banner.....