Now that two more Conference USA schools are leaving to join the "raided" Big East, it seems logical to finally invite "stranded in the desert" New Mexico State University.
The Big East, losing teams to BIGGER conferences, chose to take Tulane and East Carolina. The Big East followed a trend to take schools from big cities. Tulane is in tourist friendly New Orleans and football can be played in the Super Dome. East Carolina? They have a decent fan-base for football in a big TV market in North Carolina.
Perhaps C-USA is relegated to looking at replacements that are geographical fits, if not big markets such as New Orleans/southern Louisiana.
With the loss of Tulane, C-USA has a West division of UTEP, Rice and Tulsa. Gone already are Houston (big city) and SMU (big city Dallas).
New Mexico State is a school without a conference now that WAC football hasjust about gone away. Those Aggies have a strong university, good facilities and are localted at the same airport as is UTEP.
It's time for C-USA to see the geographical plus in having both UTEP and NMSU in the same conference. Since UTEP is now an even farther western outpost, why not add NMSU and give C-USA teams a two-games-for-one-trip. That's a financial savings in all sports.
NMSU is a good fit for C-USA.