Yesterday news broke that Conference USA and the Mountain West had re-opened talks on a possible merger. Instead of the full blown super conference talked about earlier this year the new discussions have centered around a football only merger. Under this system each league would play separate schedules and hold a mutual championship game, the winner receiving an automatic BCS bowl bid.
Obviously, any discussion about a Mountain West/Conference USA football championship game is in the infant stages. There is no guarantee that the BCS conferences (ACC, Big East, Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12) would grant an automatic BCS bid to a MWC/C-USA champion. As the world of college football continues to change right before our eyes this will be another interesting story line to follow.
Here are a few links on the proposed C-USA/MWC football merger:
The Idaho Statesman reports that TCU has heard from the Mountain West about staying put instead of joining the Big East.
CBSSports.com first reported talks between C-USA and the MWC here.
ESPN.com talks with MWC commissioner Craig Thompson and C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky about a potential deal.
The Houston Cronicle speculates on what a MWV/C-USA merger would look like.
If a MWC/C-USA merger does not occur the Mountain West is also looking at the Big 12 for new members.