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Fri., Aug. 20, 2010, 8:46 a.m.

Murphy: UI Happy Among WAC Dwarfs

Members of the WAC Lite confronted their new realities Thursday morning — the left-behinds taking various approaches to their suddenly depleted conference. Utah State bragged about having the integrity to turn down advances from that dirty Mountain West Conference, which snagged Fresno State and Nevada on Wednesday, leaving the WAC in its current shambles. The Aggies let everyone know they were the first school to be contacted. Louisiana Tech boasted about its lack of ties to any one conference or rival, as if sending a signal to any league with a potential opening. "Louisiana Tech has never been defined by its association with any one or two schools," athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said. "We have positioned ourselves to be a strong and proud member of any conference." Hawaii, isolated and left behind again, pondered independence from its conference of more than 30 years, having seen this scene play out too many times. And then there was Idaho — Happy among the remaining WAC dwarfs/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Disney illustration: Happy the dwarf)

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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