Fresno St, Nevada to Mountain West

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on August 18th, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Per ESPN

Still waiting on confirmation from Melanie Collins on if this is legit info.

Comments

West Texas Blue

August 18th, 2010 at 10:59 PM ^

MWC making some major moves.  Lose BYU: gain Fresno St and Nevada.  Works out pretty well as they gain 2 WAC powerhouses and help establish appearance of conference who should get auto BCS bid.

Bleedin9Blue

August 18th, 2010 at 11:50 PM ^

If the MNW gets Nevada and Fresno State (or at least Nevada), if Boise State leaves then the WAC is dead.  If the WAC is dead then BYU has no home for its other sports, thus forcing it to stay in the MNW.  The MNW could gain Nevada and Fresno State (strengthening its mid-level teams) and keep BYU (preserving its top-level team).  We'll see what happens over the next few days and weeks.

Remember, Boise State hasn't actually left the WAC.  If Nevada and Fresno State stay in the WAC and BYU leaves the MNW, then Boise might decide to stay in the WAC and the MNW could start to decline and eventually die.

MGoShoe

August 18th, 2010 at 11:04 PM ^

...beget conference changes:

dennisdoddcbs Really, after Houston joins MWC and UTEP rejoins WAC doesn't CUSA start Big East raid? This could get reallllly interesting.

dennisdoddcbs Just filed MWC-WAC reax. It will be relevant for about 15 minutes or until CUSA begins raid on Big East. Delany then gets call from ND

the_white_tiger

August 18th, 2010 at 11:08 PM ^

Dennis Dodd is raving. Altogether, I think it's a great move by the MWC and Fresno State (Nevada too?), and my guess is that they might try to poach Houston, but I don't know how much APOCALYPSE there's going to be. IMO, the current BCS conferences wil be pretty unaffected.

MGoShoe

August 19th, 2010 at 12:48 AM ^

...helps to preserve the BCS status quo (Frank the Tank).

SCENARIO D: BYU becomes a football independent and the BCS conferences extend the school a Notre Dame-type deal.  With both Utah and BYU now within the BCS system, Sen. Hatch suddenly has a new-found love for the BCS bowls and Washington leaves college football alone entirely.  Meanwhile, it cuts the legs out from under the MWC and any other viable non-AQ upgrade possibility.

I don’t know about you, but it looks like paying BYU a couple of million bucks per year as an independent under Scenario D in order to preserve a cartel of hundreds of millions of dollars, extinguish its most prominent opponent in Washington AND destroy the MWC’s chances of ever moving up to AQ status makes a whole lot of business and political sense if you’re running the BCS. 

CRex

August 19th, 2010 at 8:55 AM ^

Nevada agreed to the $5 million buyout to stay in the WAC, but the school said it never signed the agreement. This should allow Nevada to leave without a penalty but likely will be a point of contention with the WAC.

They don't even have their schools sign the contracts? Ouch.