Aloha, Fresno State and Nevada

August 17th, 2010

BYU wants to be the Notre Dame of the west, and that’s why it might go independent in football and join the WAC in other sports, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.


UPDATE: The Mountain West has struck back, sweetening offers to Fresno State and Nevada. Both schools have announced press conferences this evening in which they are expected to accept the offers.

The WAC has gone from upgrade to serious trouble in the matter of a few hours.

18 Responses to “Aloha, Fresno State and Nevada”

  1. dreardon:

    Katz’ hypothesis

  2. kev-1:

    Maybe with the WAC connection we could get them in Aloha Stadium once in a while to renew the rivalry?

  3. wes:

    Hey Dave, I think we need them in football too:-(. Wes

  4. kev-1:

    off topic . . . but just read the article about the o-line. I’m a little nervous about having a starting center be a guy who is inconsistent with the snap. Nothing takes the wind out of your sails like turnovers. Don’t leave blood in the water for USC to sniff. Pick a guy to start who makes the snap EVERY time.

  5. Dave Reardon:

    2. If BYU is going to be independent in football, you’d like to think Hawaii would be a regular opponent. BYU may like to take advantage of the Hawaii exemption, as well as recruiting in the islands.

    3. Obviously you’d like to have them in football, but if BYU’s aspirations are as big as we’re hearing, they want scheduling flexibility in football.

  6. Dave Reardon:

    4. I’m concerned that the offensive line is not set yet. IMO, should’ve been set heading into camp.

  7. Drew:

    According to the Salt Lake Tribune, BYU will play four WAC Teams a year in football.

    With the Hawaii Exemption, it would make UH an attractive oppenent to play every year!!! This is exciting news!

    The same article also says that Boise State is re-thinking their move to the MWC and may stay put in the WAC.

  8. kev-1:

    Drew . . . thanks for posting that. This sounds like it could be HUGE for the WAC and UH!!!

  9. Dave Reardon:

    7. @Drew Yes, this looks like positive development all the way at this point. Some fans will hold grudges and not want BYU or Boise back, but that’s silly … this is the best thing that could happen for the WAC, other than getting BYU back as a full-fledged member.

  10. David L.:

    Again, my feelings are clear. All former WAC teams can shrivel up and die. They can go to the Big West for all I care. I say no.

  11. jeff:

    yes yes i hope benson gets this done and sticks it to boise st and then have boise beg to get back to the WAC UNLV & SD st. would be nice too never Colorado ST.ever

  12. Patrick:

    My, my, how attitudes change in college football. Two years ago, when the WAC reaped national attention/regular ESPN coverage for Boise State and Fresno State & UH was playing in the Sugar Bowl, I would have told BYU to take a hike.

    Now, as the WAC struggles to remain relevant, I welcome BYU with open arms and hope (actually pray) the school schedules a football game with UH.

  13. Dave Reardon:

    Major development … Mountain West strikes back, and Fresno State has reportedly accepted its offer to join MWC and leave WAC.

  14. kev-1:

    Earlier I was excited about what was going on. NOW WE ARE SCREWED!!! What the heck are we going to do now?

  15. Dave Reardon:

    Funny how things can change so fast, eh? This reminds me of a fight where one guy throws a jab, and then the other guy throws a roundhouse, knockout hook.

    I think JD needs to go to DEFCON 5 and look at that independent plan.

  16. Dave Reardon:

    Borrow a page from BYU’s playbook? Independent in football and Big West in everything else?

  17. Patrick:

    I had the same thought about Jim Donovan & UH going independent. Herman Frazier sat on his butt & did nothing for almost five years. But JD is facing very difficult financial and league affiliation choices. And whichever decision he makes, JD will face criticism from fans and the media.

  18. jeff:

    Why does Karl benson have a Job?

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