I agree with all of that. However, I have a feeling there is more money to be made being a member of the MW than the West Coast. I doubt they would get any football money, but I have to imagine the TV deal pays more and would jump quite a bit with the Zags. In addition, with a deeper league, you get more NCAA Tournament bids and thus more chunks of the pie. I honestly have no idea how much money we would be talking so who knows if it would make it worth it for them.Gonzaga is interesting. As a fan, it would be fun to see them in the MWC playing SD St., Nevada, CSU, USU, etc. Some great buildings with great crowds.
But if you’re Gonzaga, it ain’t broke. You play an awesome non conference schedule, then slap everyone in the league around with the very occasional loss or close game. Then you go to the NCAA tournament and more often than not, make a deep run.
MWC is clearly better top to bottom, but St. Mary’s, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, and San Francisco are good, Pacific and Loyola are competitive, etc. And recruits are coming regardless because you’re playing Baylor, Duke, Illinois, etc. They have a niche position that nobody else really has.