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Vandals to play BYU … but not at home

Brigham Young, which is going independent in football and joining the West Coast Conference in other sports, will play Idaho next year as part of an agreement with the WAC. But unlike BYU’s other WAC opponents in 2011 and 2012, the Vandals won’t reap a home game as part of the arrangement. However, the Cougars and UI will play a home-and-home series in men’s basketball starting in 2011-12.

We’ve got more after the link, including a statement from Idaho athletic director Rob Spear.


You can read more about BYU’s here. According to the Idaho Stateman, WAC commissioner Karl Benson explained the situation this way: “It was a decision by BYU. It was their demand, so to speak, that this agreement would not include a BYU at Idaho game.”

Here’s what Rob Spear had to say:

“I look forward to working with the WAC membership committee as we build for the future. As everyone knows, we are in a very fluid environment and there is a lot of speculation regarding conference realignments. It is important to control what we can control, which is to continue improving our athletic programs and continue membership in the WAC. The WAC has been in existence for 48 years and I’m confident it will be a viable conference over the next 48-plus years.
“The recent scheduling alliance with BYU presents an opportunity for the WAC. Like many of our Idaho supporters, I am disappointed that BYU did not agree to a return home football game with the University of Idaho. People in college football understand our program has made substantial improvements, which has created an opportunity to build a future schedule that will be competitive and attractive.”

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