For years, one of the easiest jokes in college football has involved pointing out the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs play in the Western Athletic Conference and are annual rivals with Hawai'i and Idaho. So when it was announced that the Mountain West Conference and Conference-USA will dissolve and start up a new conference, featuring a couple of teams who were set to leave the WAC anyway, the mind immediately discovered a plan to free La Tech from its rigorous travel schedule.
The mind of Bulldogs athletic director Bruce Van De Velde is one step ahead:
"We are very excited about the opportunity that may exist with the creation of the new athletic conference," Van De Velde said. "There are so many advantages to this type of association as it relates to emphasizing traditional rivalries and ease of travel for fans and teams which is tremendous for television."
La Tech would add an up-and-coming (conference champs!) football program to the conference, plus provide an easy local rival for the several Texas-esque programs and a state rival for Tulane.