Friday, August 20, 2010
MWC, C-USA have 'think-tank session'
By Joe Schad ESPN
Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson and Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky met in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a few hours Thursday to discuss strategy regarding television, the BCS and scheduling, Thompson said Friday.
"It was a think-tank session. They might listen to it," Thompson said of BCS presidents and chancellors. "There are hundreds and thousands of ideas out there. This is nothing formal. The world is changing by the week."
Among the ideas that were discussed was if a meeting of the MWC and C-USA conference champions could bring the conferences closer to an automatic berth in the BCS.
C-USA already plays a conference championship game.
The BCS presidents and chancellors would have to agree to any such structure.
Thompson said he doesn't envision a full-blown merger between the two conferences. With BYU considering leaving the MWC, Thompson said he has had "very good dialogue" with BYU president Cecil O. Samuelson since Fresno State and Nevada announced they would join the conference.
Thompson said the MWC has "shown a willingness to work through some TV issues" in an effort to prevent BYU from declaring its independence.
BYU is exploring putting some sporting events on its own television network.
Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.