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FROM PROVO, UTAH — They're limited, but we do have some postgame quotes from both teams to pass along for you. Read on.
FROM PROVO, UTAH — Players and coaches made their way out of the visiting locker room at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Thursday night, bags of Chick-fil-A in tow, family members awaiting conversation.
Two younger fans wore Texas Tech jerseys. A reminder of days better than the 30-6 shellacking Mike Leach's Washington State team absorbed against BYU here tonight.
The first game of the Leach era came and went without much offensive gusto. And without a touchdown, for the first time in a WSU season opener since 1971.
“We definitely squandered too many plays,” Leach said after the clock had struck midnight in the Mountain time zone.
“We vascillated between playing frantic and overly conscientious where we’re trying to not make a mistake. At some point we’ve got to get the happy medium where each play’s separate and you’ve just got to do your job on each play.”
FROM PROVO, UTAH — It's the calm before the storm here at LaVell Edwards Stadium. As we parked across the street, attendants were blocking off roads and barricading parking lots in preparation for the 60,000-plus who are expected here today to watch Brigham Young and Washington State begin their seasons. We've written just about as much pre-game content about this matchup as most folks can handle, but we do have a few more thoughts after the jump.
FROM PULLMAN — To get a better idea of what Washington State will be facing tomorrow in Provo, we're joined today by Brandon Gurney, who covers BYU athletics for the Deseret News. He was nice enough to answer five questions for us about the game. You can read them below.
Gonzaga's Marquise Carter, right, takes a shot after he was fouled by BYU's Brock Zylstra during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Provo, Utah, tonight. Gonzaga fell 83-73 in the first WCC meeting with BYU. ESPN boxscore here. (AP Photo/George Frey)
In case you never thought you’d see it, a Catholic family just invited a door-belling Mormon missionary into their home. Such is the influence of college athletics. Consider this just the first of the jokes, ironies and wonders that will attend the marriage of Brigham Young University and the West Coast Conference, confirmed by both parties on Tuesday as the latest – but certainly not the last – quake to rearrange the intercollegiate furniture. Also confirmed:
- Latter-Day U. is no longer just a latent Notre Dame wannabe, but an actualized one with its declaration of football independence.
- Any notion that the WCC remains the scared-of-its-shadow CYO league of yore is severely misplaced.
- More from SR sports columnist John Blanchette here
Question: Can anyone make up and ending to this joke: What do you get when you mix a Mormon college with a Catholic basketball league … ?
BYU will go independent in football and join the West Coast Conference in other sports in 2011-12, ESPN.com, the Salt Lake Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday afternoon. BYU will be leaving the Mountain West Conference just as Boise State joins, leaving the league with 10 long-term members. The Mountain West may have to play football with eight teams in 2011 if Nevada and Fresno State can’t get out of the WAC until 2012. ESPN.com and the Mercury News reported that a formal announcement will be made later today. The Mountain West now has lost Utah and BYU since Boise State joined in June/Chadd Cripe, IStatesman. More here.
Question: Can you imagine the basketball games between Gonzaga & Brigham Young beginning in 2011-12 season? Wonder what Boise State, Fresno State, & Nevada are thinking now. Is new Mountain West any better than old WAC?
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.
- What’s next for Mountain West, Idaho, WAC?/Brian Murphy, Statesman
- Murphy: Mountain West, WAC fight for survival/Brian Murphy, Statesman
- Bronco Nation tries to stay positive thru conference turmoil/Katy Moeller, Statesman
Question: What should the Idaho Vandals do now?