Not that it comes as any shock, considering there haven’t been many positive reports about a Mountain West-Conference USA merger since that option was called “unlikely” by CBSSports.com, but Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said on the SiriusXM radio show “College Football Playbook” with Jack Arute and Rick Neuheisel that he doesn’t think the merger will happen, at least not at the moment.
“I don’t think right now that will occur,” Calhoun said.
The two conferences could still form a scheduling or marketing agreement even if they don’t merge together or form some kind of formal alliance. Calhoun said he thought extending the season – which would happen if there was a football semifinal and final between the top four teams in the conferences – would be too taxing on the athletes.
“Our concern, a little bit, is once you start getting into a first or second weekend in December, you do take away from somebody’s ability to succeed – at least I think you do – in terms of preparation and what they do in academics,” Calhoun said on the show. “There’s a right medium that can be struck, but right now I’d say no. Now, the way this conference realignment works, in about 15 seconds it might do a 180.”
The other main topic of conversation in the interview was the Waldo Canyon Fire that has affected Colorado Springs. Calhoun described the destruction of the fires to a national radio audience, and offered sympathy for those who lost their homes.
“For about five days there it was a bit dicey, it was unlike probably anything we’ve experienced here in Colorado Springs,” Calhoun said.
“People will move forward. It’s just something that doesn’t happen instantly.”