The addition of the University of Hawaii to the Big West Conference, announced Friday and scheduled to begin for the 2012-13 athletic year, should bring a little marquee value to the previously all-California alliance.
It will also add some logistical challenges that have already drawn concern from Anteaters coaches.
In terms of competitive equity, the Warriors (men's teams) and Rainbow Wahine (women's teams) don't send shivers down the spines of most coaches at UCI, though Anteaters' women's volleyball coach Paula Weishoff's job is now monumentally more difficult.
Hawaii, competing now in the Western Athletic Conference, will instantly become the conference's most rabid fan base, with impressive home attendance in many sports bringing the biggest home-site advantage for Big West visitors.
The first thing most UCI coaches thought about when hearing the news had to be travel. Nearly 2,600 miles separate UCI from the Honolulu campus, and depending on how sports handle the scheduling, a two-game weekend road trip could be considered anything but paradise. There is also a time-zone issue, with California being either two or three hours ahead, depending on the time of year.