Boston called the return to the NCAA tournament "a first step" toward the goal he and Theus talked about in Atlanta two years ago. "We talked about winning a national championship, not about getting into the NCAA tournament," Boston said.
As minor league baseball is to MLB, Power 5 football is to the NFL. The P5 programs have the history, the fan bases, the attendance/ticket revenue, and most important----the massive TV and Bowl revenue---that far out distances the other leagues. Yes, non-Power 5 teams have beaten their big brothers, but all-in-all, it's not close. The MWC desperately want to move up, and some teams like SDSU, Boise State and CSU are borderline (and look for them to try and move up), but not UNM, Wyoming, Air Force, Fresno State and San Jose State.
The bottom line is that the the massive difference between P5 and everyone continues to increase while the difference between the non-P5 programs and FCS programs becomes narrower. How that helps NMSU's problem remains to be seen. But, it may open the door for more FCS conferences to move up, increasing the odds for NMSU to find a conference.
This is a tough topic. I'm a huge fan of the traditional bowl system and maintaining bowls value(I do acknowledge the number of bowls have gotten out of hand and need to slim down). Then on the other hand we have this huge issue of the P5 and non-P5 gap. The installment of the playoffs have diluted the value of these traditional bowls and changed traditional college football as we knew it. I hate to say it but I'm beginning to believe that the NCAA needs to reevaluate/realign the current division format. The NCAA should raise the criteria for schools to remain D1 based on athletic funding, fan base, game attendance ect. This would give D1 anywhere from 4 conferences with 16 teams or 6 conferences with 12 teams (might even add in a couple of independents). Or whatever television tells college football they will fund. Then this effect should trickle down to the lower divisions. I believe this will allow for more consistency and fairness play across the board.
I would like to see a separate G5 division. With 64 + teams in the P5 there aren't enough slots to give all of the available players in this country the PT they are looking for. If done right, I believe the G5 could could field quality teams and could compete with the lower P5 teams. Look at what FCS ND State has done. Eventually the G5 bowls/playoffs could be meaningful and regional match ups could be popular. I also believe that the schools in the P5 will end up fighting over revenues. Greed always corrupts. I'm not interested in watching or supporting any P5 athletic events(unless it involves the AG's or other G5 schools). They don't give a rat's behind about mid-major programs and only use them for their own benefit. So screw them and let's build a separate league ala before the NFL's unification of NFC and AFC.
Interesting post at UTEP rivals site: The G5 should break away from NCAA's FBS and form own league and play alternate season beginning in January and ending in May. Hmmmm Negotiate own TV contracts etc. No competing with P5 for exposure bowls etc.
Screw the NCAA, they represent the upper tier of the organization in defiance of the total body they're tasked and obligated to represent. Ive always said there is a class action lawsuit just waiting to be filed. Can you imagine the penalty available if exposed for their misrepresentation. Screw the NCAA!
Drain the NCAA/P 5/ESPN swamp. Make college athletics great again.