Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:27 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Memphis has been looking for an invitation to the SEC (really) but they're not the only program looking to take a big step up in competition.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego State is all but begging for an invite to the Big 12. Athletic director Jim Sterk has passed information about the school and surrounding television market to Big 12 officials, including interim commissioner Chuck Neinas.
“We’ve been proactive as far as getting information out and just making sure their folks know what a valuable commodity San Diego State is,” Sterk told the Union-Tribune. “We’ve been able to show how well we capture the San Diego television market in the last couple of years and have a program that’s really on the rise and have a lot of things going for it. We’re a member of the Mountain West Conference, and we think it’s a very good conference. But if things realign, you never know how the sands are moving.”
The Big 12 officially welcomed TCU to the league on Monday, adding the school in the wake of Texas A&M's departure to the SEC in 2012. The league may continue to expand, possibly back to 12 members, or choose to remain at 10. Leaders are still waiting on a decision from Missouri, which is mulling their conference affiliation options and could choose to follow the Aggies to the SEC.
BYU, Louisville and West Virginia are the schools frequently brought up if the Big 12 is to expand again but Sterk wanted to make officials aware that San Diego State is just as close geographically to schools such as Texas as BYU is.
“If they look west, who knows what happens?” Sterk said.
Neinas is familiar with the school, having advised former athletic director Jeff Schemmel to hire football coach Rocky Long in 2006 as part of his consulting business.
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:06 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
It all started the way so many things in college football start: a blown call. Back on Oct. 9, a Mountain West conference replay booth ruled that BYU running back J.J. Di Luigi was down when he was obviously not , and a fumble recovery that could have led the way to a San Diego State victory instead became a first down that led to a BYU touchdown and a 24-21 Cougar victory instead.
Then it was revealed that two of the officials in the replay booth -- the "replay communicator" and "replay technician," who do not make decisions on reviewed calls but are responsible for providing the head replay official with the replay in question -- had BYU ties, one being an alumnus and the other a current BYU athletic department employee. Things unraveled from there: SDSU coach Brady Hoke called the situation "not appropriate"; the BYU-affiliated officials offered either no comment or an angry no comment at every turn; the MWC first suspended all three officials involved and then banned school alumni or employees from serving as replay officials at the schools they represent; an SDSU broadcaster called BYU " the dirtiest, slimiest, most ill-behaved football team" the Aztecs play and was forced to apologize.
And somehow, the furor has still more legs to it as three prominent SDSU boosters (one the former CEO of Jack in the Box ) have decided to take their complaint straight to the top of the BYU chain-of-command:
Leon Parma, Bob Payne and Jack Goodall sent the letter to BYU President Cecil Samuelson via express mail on Monday. In it, they also ask him to “declare the game forfeited” to SDSU if he finds evidence of gross negligence or foul play committed by the BYU alumni who were working for the Mountain West Conference video replay booth that day.Odds this leads to a hard-hitting inquiry from Samuelson's office that results in a forfeiture: very slim. Odds this leads to some sort of veiled "mind your own business" retort from the BYU administration: much better.
But this is not to say that the SDSU boosters don't have a point. No less a personage than SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk has claimed that head replay official Mike Angelis wasn't shown the primary television feed that showed Di Luigi fumbling; if this is true, and the issue is more complicated than a replay official simply overlooking an obvious call, then the Aztecs have every right to know why that feed wasn't offered to Angelis.
That the Mountain West has yet to confirm or deny that key detail means that the longer the two BYU-affiliated officials go on issuing "no comment"'s, the more it appears they have something to hide. For the sake of the conference's integrity, it ought to issue a statement either clarifying what replays Angelis had access to and exonerating the officials of "gross neglicence or foul play," or admit that Angelis was denied key information and reveal whether this occurred through unfortunate human error ... or something worse.
If the MWC does not offer further comment, all indications we have to date are that the volleys back and forth between San Diego and Provo are simply going to continue until it does.
HT: The Wiz .