I have already updated this in the feature we recently ran about Cal State Bakersfield’s fledgling program, but I wanted to point it out here on the blog as well. The Roadrunners are not yet affiliated with a conference, and while coach Bill Kernen expressed interest in joining the Big West, there has not been any vote on the issue and probably won’t be until late 2008 at the earliest. In addition, Big West associate information director Julie St. Cyr said this in an e-mail:

"The Big West Conference is not currently looking to expand on their nine-member
conference, thus there is no time frame for CSUB to join the conference."

I still think the Big West is a good fit for Bakersfield, but the Western Athletic Conference might be another option for the Roadrunners. There, CSUB would likely have a natural rivalry with Fresno State.