If you’ve been following the ACC/Big East brouhaha (ably covered by Eric McErlain), the one thing that you can hang your hat on is that if and when the ACC raids the Big East for one or more teams, the Big East will look to invite schools from other conferences, most notably Conference USA. C-USA will then do the same, and in the end a whole lot of conferences will look very different, with one or more possibly in mortal danger.
As a Rice fan, I know what it’s like to be abandoned by a conference. I know the WAC has been about as stable as Texas’ congressional district boundaries lately. What I don’t know is what to do about it.
Fortunately, someone else has been thinking about this. Check out The Yoda Plan, put together by WAC fan Bill “Yoda” Tanner, who is a regular poster on the WAC Fan Forum. It covers pretty well the issues that the old WAC-16 faced, how to work around them, and how to ensure stability for the future. He’s gotten some mainstream media coverage of his plan (there are at least two other competing plans out there), and from where I sit he’s pinned the sentiments of the Eastern WAC schools. Good job, Yoda.