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Hawaii To Abandon WAC, Too

Hawaii slotback Greg Salas, center, holds up the WAC championship trophy as Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin, right, looks on at the end of the NCAA college football game against UNLV at Aloha Stadium, Saturday in Honolulu. Hawaii defeated UNLV 59-21. The Hawaii victory won them a three way tie for the WAC title with Boise State and Nevada. Now, Hawaii is poised to announce that it’s joining Mountain West Conference in football only in 2012. More here. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) And: you can read Vandal football coach Robb Akey’s thoughts about Idaho’s future here.

Question: Should the Idaho Vandals begin looking for an alternative conference to play in, now that the best football schools have left the Western Athletic Conference?

Mountain West Hijacks 2 WAC Teams

Another tumultuous day on the college athletics landscape left the Mountain West Conference with two new teams, the Western Athletic Conference in peril and BYU’s future in limbo. Fresno State and Nevada accepted invitations Wednesday to join Boise State in the Mountain West. Boise State moves in the summer of 2011, but it’s still unclear whether Nevada and Fresno State will take that step in 2011 or 2012. The schools missed the July 1 deadline to leave the WAC for 2011-12, but there is room for negotiation. … The departures will leave the WAC with six members and could block BYU’s reported intention to leave the Mountain West to play football as an independent and in the WAC in all other sports/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What should the Idaho Vandals do now?

All Hell Breaks Loose In WAC, MWC

All hell is broking loose today as the Mountain West and WAC conferences are fighting over teams in an attempt to survive. Brian Murphy/Idaho Statesman (pictured), who has been following the situation all day, just posted quotes from UI Vandal Coach Robb Akey re: possibility of WAC losing Fresno State and Nevada: “As a coach, it’s something I obviously pay a lot of attention to. I’m anxious to see how everything is going to play itself out because there can be a pretty strong impact on our future depending on the ways the thing might go. At the same time, I’m not going to get to have a voice in it. You hear so many different things and we even get a little bit of inside information and that stuff doesn’t always match up, either.” … “Selfishly, I just want to see the WAC come out of it in the strongest fashion. That’s what I’m pulling for.” Folo Murphy’s updates here

Question: What do you make of this struggle to the death between Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences?


Benson: WAC Won’t Expand For Now

WAC commissioner Karl Benson (pictured) announced today that the WAC will delay any expansion of its membership until July 1, 2012 at the earliest. This means that for the 2011-12 season, the WAC will operate as an eight-team league that consists of Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State. “The WAC and its eight member schools remain well positioned for the future,” said Benson. “Over the past few weeks, the WAC’s Board of Directors and athletics directors have explored several membership options. We believe it is in the best interest of the WAC to operate as an eight-team league for the 2011-12 season. We will now take several months to ‘drill down’ on the various membership options before making any decisions that would impact the 2012-13 season”/via Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is this decision not to expand the WAC before July 1, 2012, a good one?

Boise State Jumps To Mountain West

Boise State on Friday accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference in 2011-12, the Mountain West announced. A press conference is scheduled for noon. The school sent a release with comments from several officials: Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson “We are pleased and excited to welcome Boise State University to the Mountain West Conference. Since our inception just 11 short years ago, the Mountain West has experienced tremendous success, and the addition of Boise State will further enhance that strength. The MWC continues to strategize regarding potential membership scenarios and bringing Boise State into the Conference is an important part of that evolution”/Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP File Photo from September 2009/Gary Kazanjian, File)

Question: What does this mean for the Idaho Vandals and the Western Athletic Conference?

Wright: UI’s Spear Reacts To BSU Move

“Well, it’s never good to lose any member,” he said while traveling in Boise. “When you lose an institution like Boise State, which has had recent BCS success, it’s not a good thing for our league. But one thing about the Western Athletic Conference, it’s been resilient. They’ve been through this many times before and we will find teams possibly to join the WAC. And what’s happened when teams join the WAC is they become better.” Spear said he “absolutely” hopes UI will continue playing BSU once the Broncos are in the MWC. “I think it’s good for our state, it’s good for both institutions”/Josh Wright, SR SportsLink. More here.

Question: Can the Western Athletic Conference get better without the Boise State Broncos?

Boise State Ready To Leave WAC

Football power Boise State appears to be only waiting for an invitation to become the 10th member of the Mountain West Conference. That invitation could officially come as early as Monday when the MWC’s board of directors meets in Jackson, Wyo. Speculation around the MWC and the Western Athletic Conference is that Boise State will bolt from the WAC. Typical is the comment by Idaho athletic director Rob Spear, who recently wrote to Vandals fans in his blog, “I am predicting June 7 will be the day when the first shoe drops regarding conference realignment”/Irv Moss, Denver Post. More here.

Question: What will be the impact on Idaho if long-time rival Boise State jumps to the Mountain West Conference, as expected?

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