What if the Big West still sponsored football at the FCS level? it's pretty thin on the west, but one can imagine.Bear with me, I'm bored on a break:
Current members, no FCS football: LB 1, CSUN 2, UCI 3, UCR 4, Full 5, UCSB 6, Hawaii 7
Current football schools FCS: Cal Poly 8(1), UC Davis 9(2)
Football only add: U of San Diego (3)
Full member w/football add: Sac State 10 (4),
Go full northwest commitment:
University of Idaho (throwback to Kibbie Dome!) 11(5)
Eastern Washington (Idaho travel partner) 12 (6)
Portland State 13 (7)
Then invade the southwest:
NAU 14 (8)
NMSU 15 (9)
I'm brilliant. The Big Sky gets back to Big Sky country. The Big West is actually a Big West. And the schools that are nostalgic to get football back (LB, Fullerton mainly) have a vehicle to do so. Further, if you want to leave a spot for people falling back to FCS from FBS, then there is one available, or leave out one of the regions and you'll have two or more!
Wait, we took on Bake and UCSD??? My plan is foiled!
Back to work.
Unless you have a plan for undoing Title IX, this is the closest to football the Big West will get.