Might there be some interest in NMSU joining the MVC if WSU leaves for the AAC? At this point, given the geography (no western teams) and the weakened MVC with WSU gone, and an improving WAC, I think not. If the MVC was an FBS conference, then maybe...but that's not happening. Would be interesting to get MM's take as he is quite familiar with the MVC.
With no D-1 football and the geographical issue, I say no. The Valley has a proud tradition of Midwest basketball, but with Creighton gone and possibly Wichita State, it will have lost its luster and the RPI will drop.
IF, and that's a big IF, NMSU opts to drop down in football, the Big Sky is a better geographical fit, although basketball isn't very good.
We should not leave the wac, we currently compete for championships in almost every sport and have a budget that is at the top or near the top of all wac schools. Sit tight and wait for a football conference to open up. That's my opinion.
Although the possibility of Wichita State leaving the MVC doesn't really help NMSU football. The trickle down effect of having Wichita State move to the AAC could cause the MVC to look for new members in order to regain some basketball strength again. The Missouri Valley could pull teams away from either the Horizon League, the Summit League (UN Omaha), the Ohio Valley (Belmont and/or SUI Edwardsville), or even the Sun Belt (UA Little Rock and/or UT Arlington). And, in turn those conference might be caught scrambling to replace their membership. A Wichita State move could either open up prospective D1 members for the WAC. Or, cause some eastern WAC schools to leave the conference for a more regional setting.