SDSU's Long doesn't consider bowl game against BYU a home game

Published: Friday, Dec. 14 2012 7:34 a.m. MST

"Division I college football is going to five or six major conferences and they're going to have a tournament," Long said. "And I think it's going to happen real soon. You have to be associated with one of those conferences or associated with those kinds of teams to be considered to go into that mix. Here, we want to be able to compete for a conference championship as well as a national championship. The only way to do that, in my opinion, is to be associated with those leagues that are going to be in that tournament. I think they're developing as we speak. It's not over yet. I think there's going to be a lot of teams moving around over the next two or three years before they get to the tournament … On ESPN the other day, they had a mock-up of a 12-team tournament if it were this year, and as soon as TV starts talking that way, guess what? It's getting ready to happen … When I say those conferences are going to break into five or six super conferences and be in a tournament, I think it's all going to be football-related."

When asked how SDSU would fare if it were a member of the Pac-12, Long said, "I think we'd be just fine. I think we'd be in a bowl game. I don't know if we'd be playing for a national championship, but I bet you we'd be in a bowl game and have a winning record."

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