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Expand-O-Meter, Wednesday June 16

Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: June 17, 2010 12:14 am

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 183

Had a good Wednesday:
Utah received a formal invitation from the Pac-10, then scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon, at which point administrators will announce that the invitation has been accepted. In other words, the Utes are heading to a BCS league. That means they'll likely never again have to worry about going undefeated and being left out of the national title game.

Had a bad Wednesday:
The Mountain West learned that it's losing its premier football program, and even the addition of Boise State won't offset Utah's departure. It's a shame for MWC commissioner Craig Thompson. He's done a good job developing a good league, but it's almost like he's the Royals and Larry Scott is the Yankees considering Thompson oversaw Utah's rise, then lost the Utes to an entity that could guarantee more money.

Quote of the day: "This recognition can only be a matter of pride for the people of Utah," Utah president Bernie Machen, now the president at Florida, told the Salt Lake Tribune.

Link of the day: Click this link to read the Salt Lake Tribune's coverage of Utah's invitation from the Pac-10. 

On tap: There's still some speculation that the Big East could add another member or two. Memphis and UCF are the schools most commonly mentioned as possibilities. But there is no known timeframe for the Big East to act, one way or another. Or not at all.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 10:28 pm

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All Boise St needs to do is keep playing, and keep winning whoever they play.
I think this is the first year in the BCS era where a mid major program has a legitimate chance at going to the BCS title game.If Boise can win all of their games, they could go to the BCS title game. THey should start in the top 3 of all of the polls, they lost only one starter from their lineup.
If they go undefeated they will certainly not be passed up by a 1 loss team this time.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 9:23 pm

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well, sort of - more than one sport and already with a toehold in the Pac-10

FULLERTON, Calif. - Boise State won its second straight Pac-10 Wrestling Championship with a dominant performance that sent seven wrestlers to the 2009 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis. The Broncos claimed six individual Pac-10 championships and one-second place qualifying bid in Monday’s championship round finals at Titan Gym.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:34 pm
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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:38 pm

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So true....the Pac-10 (12) wants no part of Boise for all of the above and then some! If the Big-12 does come apart in the next 12-18 months, though, it could be that the MWC picks up some of their schools and survives as a BCS conference. I would doubt the NCAA would give even a 16 team Pac-10 two NCAA bids, this would only cause the small schools/conferences to complain even further. Very interesting times, thankfully Texas staying put for at least one year will stave off any further changes for the time being. I still wonder what the Big Ten has planned for their 12-18 month time frame. I'm sure they're lobbying Notre Dame hard, and if not, they'll like go after a couple of Big East schools.  For my part, I'd love to see the Big East give some $$ to Notre Dame, get their football program into the league and hopefully survive again....the more they get poached by other conferences, the less likely it will be for them to come up with worthy schools to replace those that leave. In the meantime, let's hope Boise St. can win against Va. Tech and Oregon State and make a run to the mythical national championship!

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2010 4:29 pm

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Hey Gary you have it wrong the Premier school of the MWC is BYU not Utah.  Sorry but Utah's two BCS wins do not eclipse what BYU has done.  Neither does the recent rise of TCU.  Also BYU has a much larger fan base and National respect than does Utah. 

Here is what another sportswriter wrote:

"The Pac-10 can use a bump in glamour, and especially one at the bank, but I don't see how Colorado or Utah can help either. I'm aware of the negative variables and politics about adding BYU, but the Cougars have a history, a brand and a presence that neither Utah nor Colorado can touch."

I couldn't have said it better myself...Oh what were you thinking PAC-10 or should I say smoking?

Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 3:38 pm

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The "Premier School" is not entirely accurate.  Even considering their perfect run in 2008, Utah averaged a 3rd place finish behind BYU and TCU over the last 5 years.

Utah is a good school and a good fit for the PAC10, but they weren't the best of the Mountain West.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:50 pm

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...and THIS is why I couldnt understand Boise State's move to the MWC. Yes its an upgrade from where they were - though a small one - and the competition is better but with all the expanding other conferences are doing it was only a matter of time before one of them targeted a BCS buster...though I thought it would be the Big 12 trying to keep up. Now the conference takes a step back in regards to obtaining a conf championship and a BCS bid and Boise State pretty much made a parallel move.

First of all, as a BSU fan, I disagree with your statement that the football upgrade is small.  Go back and look up Conference power rankings last year and you will see there is a substantial difference in the strengths of the 2 conferences.  BSU beat their WAC opponents last year by and average of 25+ points per game.  I've seen many, many 40+ to around 10 point games, many, many..  I mean a lot of them.   But here are some more benefits

Vastly superior basketball -  Although the WAC had 2 teams last year, they are very lucky to get more than 1 team in the NCAA while the MWC had 4 teams last year all seeded higher than the 2 that the WAC had.

Travel expense -  No more trips to Lousianna or Hawii, 'nough said.

More money

No way is this a parallel move.

Just as BSU is improving athletically, they are also making strides on the academic front as well.  There have been several classroom construction projests with more in the works.  Boise is considered a "commuter" university but there has been construction of additional on-campus housing with more planned.  BSU is a growing and evolving institution and the move to the MWC will help continue that growth.  There may come a day when we will get that invitation from a BCS conference but until then we will just keep getting better on all fronts. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:33 pm

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Further to my previous comment, however, they will now have more money and exposure for their football program and their recruiting should get a big boost.  It will interesting to see.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:33 pm

Why not Hawaii?

The Warriors have been competative in recent years, and while they're no perinnial powerhouse, they've proven they can play football.  It also seems it would help Hawaii's athletic department woes by not having to travel all the way to Ruston, Louisiana to play a conference game.  Even with the time zone changes, the schools in the Mountain West are a heck of a lot closer. 

With all the talk of bringing in another WAC team, Hawaii makes sense, as does Nevada.

I do hope the MWC can get 10 teams and continue to be competative.  They've worked hard, and deserve the opportunities due them.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:32 pm

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It definitely will be much tougher to accomplish that feat. 

In 2009, they lost to Oregon and beat Cal.In 2008, beat Oregon St. at home by a FG.In 2007, they lost to Oregon St on the road, demolished UCLA at homeIn 2006, they lost to UCLA on the road.

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