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MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

Posted on: August 18, 2010 6:05 pm
 
The Mountain West just announced on its Twitter account that it had offered invitations to Nevada and Fresno.

Earlier in the day, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported that BYU would leave the MWC and go independent in football and move its other sports to the WAC. The MWC's move seems to confirm that report. The league is attempting to stay alive by adding the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack.

It looks now like the two leagues are trying to put each other out of business. The old 16-team WAC was almost killed when half the teams broke off in 1999 to form the Mountain West.

If both schools leave for the MWC then the WAC is on the clock. The addition of Nevada and Fresno don't do much for the MWC's BCS numbers but that's hardly the point right now. It's all about survival now. The MWC has lost power teams Utah and BYU in the last few weeks.

As of now, none of this impacts BCS leagues causing the Big Bang (superconferences). The WAC will likely have to retrench with the likes of Montana (moving up from Division I-AA).

How the MWC might look in 2011

Nevada
Fresno State
Colorado State
UNLV
San Diego State
Wyoming
Boise State
TCU
New Mexico
Air Force

Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2010 9:10 pm
 

MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

I'm trying to wrap my head around this changing so much in a matter of hours.

Think about it. You're Fresno and Nevada, and this morning, news breaks that your conference is getting Brigham Young for all sports except football. Surely, you have known about this development for at least a few days.

The ESPN TV contract with the WAC is likely to be sweetened a bit, BYU raises the basketball appeal of the league -- and now you've got a home-and-home with the Cougars.

Texas Christian has to be considering its options in the MWC, and -- most important -- so does Boise State.

You're holding the cards. It's not a royal flush by any means, but you're holding the cards. After YEARS of withstanding defections, you get to finally go on offense. Play chicken with Boise, at least for 72 hours. If Boise chooses to stay in the WAC, chances are San Diego State and UNLV come with them.

Then, the MWC makes its retaliation (desperation) offers to a weakened conference with a bad TV deal, and you just drop everything and join?

Doesn't make sense.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2010 8:10 pm
 

MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

Reportedly Fresno State has already accepted.  Also reportedly Nevada does NOT have a $5 million buyout - they did not sign the buyout agreement.



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2010 8:02 pm
 

MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

Hmmm...Fresno State for BYU...this does not solve the dilution of the conference. Both are now screwed and the BCS laughs it up now that they no longer have to worry about the MWC moving up...



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:57 pm
 

MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

oh yeah,

Fresno State has already accepted:

http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/08/18

/2045731/fresno-state-to-join-mwc.h

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Nevada still talking it over...



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:54 pm
 

MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

It is looking more and more like the non BCS conference schools will not be in a national title. I think if Utah would have stayed BYU would have never even though about moving. If no one would have left the conference like BYU and Utah this conference would have had a shot at being a BCS conference. They could have stayed together intstead it was every school for themselves. I hate to see this happening but TCU and Boise St. may be in a lot of trouble.



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:47 pm
 

Apparently, Fresno says yes to the MWC

This report says Fresno will accept.  http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/08/18

/2045731/fresno-state-to-join-mwc.h

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Anthony Carmelo
Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:46 pm
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Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:37 pm
 

MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

Good luck with that: The WAC must have seen this coming with the $5 million buyout agreement put in place just a few weeks ago. Not only that, but Fresno and Nevada stand to look a little better in front of BYU's upcoming and potentially lucrative network than they would sitting put in the Mountain West. If Boise State gets fired up and jumps back to the WAC, the chunk of money expans. Meanwhile, New Mexico and TCU might be inclined to get in on the Big Texas Conference if things fell in their direction. Another possibility, could New Mexico get another suitor  (UNLV?) to join them and petition the Pac-10, 11, 12 to become the Pac-14, giving the Pac-10 the Las Vegas TV market and pretty much all of New Mexico sans the southern half of the state.
This mess is not over yet.



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:31 pm
 

MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

If BYU leaves the MWC, expect others to be also looking for exits.  The MWC was formed when the 8 members of the 16-team WAC dislikes the loss of traditional rivalries.  With Utah already gone and BYU right behind them, those traditional rivalries are no longer going to exist, and the original purpose of the conference gone.  Expect teams like Air Force to put out feelers to the Big-12 and others – a solid program that bring academic and national respect. 




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:28 pm
 

MWC offers Nevada and Fresno State

So this could be the new Mountain West:

Nevada
Fresno State
Colorado State
UNLV
San Diego State
Wyoming
Boise State
TCU
New Mexico
Air Force


The Mountain West as described above is loaded and just might become a BCS conference should the "powers that be" deem it so. 
What are you smoking?  How is this alignment any more potent than the current Mtn West with BYU, TCU and Utah?  You know, the current alignment that was deemed not-worthy of joining the BCS ranks.  I'll give you a hint....IT'S NOT!!!  This potential new lineup is basically BSU, TCU and a bunch of mid-major dreck.  IF (and it is a mighty big IF) Fresno St and Nevada make the jump to the Mtn West, it will be because it is a stronger conference than the WAC.  Stronger than the WAC?...definitely.  BCS worthy?...not a chance.


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