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MWC expansion appears unlikely after statement

Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:46 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

We really should have learned our lesson already when it comes to expansion talks.  The first time we think anything is going to happen, it likely will not.  It doesn't necessarily mean that won't down the road, but it seems that as soon as any move is brought up it is quickly put to rest by one of the sides involved.  

On Monday, the Deseret News reported that the Mountain West Conference was expected to vote "yes" on expansion, and "yes" on that expansion including Utah State.  That vote was supposed to take place late Monday or early Tuesday, and an official statement from the Mountain West Conference makes it seem as though the Aggies won't be making a jump anytime in the immediate future.

The official statement from the Mountain West Conference Board of Directors:
"Over the past two days, the Board of Directors has engaged in a very thorough discussion of several key topics pertinent to the future of the Mountain West Conference. This has included, but not been limited to, issues related to television, the Bowl Championship Series and membership. The Board feels strongly the membership configuration already established going forward creates outstanding prospects for future success. In addition, we are continuing with our strategic initiatives related to our television partnerships and the MWC's efforts to effect change in the BCS structure. The Board is excited about what is undoubtedly a bright future for the Conference."
If the board feels strongly about the "membership configuration already established," then they do not feel like the time is right to offer an invitation to any other schools, including Utah State.  One of the main reasons for expansion is to increase the conference's membership to 12 teams, securing the right to host a potentially lucrative conference championship game.  But with membership already in flux, it seems like the Board of Directors would like to see what kind of luck they will have with their current lineup, as the MWC will make a case for a television deal and an automatic berth to a BCS bowl game.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:42 pm

Utah State will belong in the MWC give it 5 yrs.

Utah State will not have to compete against, BOISE STATE, FRESNO STATE, NEVADA, AND HAWAII. 

Yes the WAC will be worse than the MAC, but.

If BYU doesn't return to MWC than it would make sense. It would fill a gapping whole in their "MWC" footprint and bring in at least 2 million plus more viewers. PLUS its basketball IS credible something BYU is fitting for in football.

If the MWC gets Utah State and Gonzaga [to fill in hawaii's void, or vise versa], than it will be in the top five conferences in basketball year after year.

When the MWC gets to twelve members in football it WILL get an Automatic bid, again filling in a major portion of the country, then everyone outside of the small states of the northeast, the dakota's, Montana, Idaho and Alaska will have a chance to win it all.

Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:41 pm

MWC expansion appears unlikely after statement

Good call to not move forward with expansion just for numbers sake. SJSU or Utah St would dilute the conference more than helping. Other wise the MWC would just be the MWAC. Football drives the bus and basketball is sitting shotgun. AC

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:34 pm

Utah State will belong in the MWC give it 5 yrs.

Utah State just Lost... Boise State.... Nevada.... Fresno State.... Hawaii.

Once the WAC recovers "Laugh, yawn, laugh" and if BYU is not back in the MWC then I can see Utah State adding some serious Basketball credientials.  If MWC is able to add Gonzaga then it will be no worse then in the top five basketball leagues in the country year after year.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:29 pm

MWC expansion appears unlikely after statement

Iowa State, Baylor, Rutgers, Washington could find success with BYU's schedule. 

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:27 pm

MWC expansion appears unlikely after statement

I completely agree. They [BYU] will never ever ever be 6-6 but their schedule is going to need to play at least 8 if not 9 or ten credible programs and win those games year after year for them to have a shot at a national championship.  Though neither would, Baylor, Iowa State, Rutgers, Washington… The fact is they need to beef up their schedule to earn a spot among the legitimate.


Let’s hope what happened during the SDSU vs. BYU game doesn't creep back up again because P.R. and an Independent will obliterate!!!!!!!!ANY!!!!!!!PERCIEVE!!!!!!SUCCESS!!!!ON THE FIELD!!! 


I have a grip... on reality.


BYU is good, but I think it would have been wiser to have stayed. IT may have helped TCU stay [DOUBT IT THOUGH] and the MWC would have 12 teams in football and WELL deserving of a BCS bid.  TCU may have to travel more in the Big East but there national exposure will incredible compared to MWC.  I’d be impressed if TCU wins more than 4 games in Men’s Basketball.

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:54 pm

MWC expansion appears unlikely after statement

MWC/WAC.CRAC whatever you wanna call it myopians kill. me All this arguing about whos suqs the worst. And with a straight face to boot! I can't stop laughing. Are you serious? No, seriously?? You are the freaking mwac FFS.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:50 pm

MWC expansion appears unlikely after statement

You give a bunch of OPINION statements about USU (this sucks, that suck) and then ask us to prove you wrong?  How do we prove your opinion wrong?  Other than calling you names, you leave no real option.

But in case you interested in facts, Utah State has an elite Basketball program, and the stats to back that up.  Are they as a good as the Big East teams? No. But this arguement isn't to compare them to the ACC/Big East, but to compare them to the other WAC teams that are already heading to the MWC and the other remaining WAC teams.  Clearly, if a quality basketball program is what the MWC wants to add, then Utah State is the clear choice.

The football program struggles.  They have the numbers to back that up.  There are multiple reasons for this.  But there is potential for it to turn around.  Don't forget, Florida St. used to be a crappy team back in the 80's.  They have a good head coach currently, and are competitive in most of their conference games, with the exception of Boise.  They have lost 7 WAC game's the past two seasons where they had leads in the 4th quarter.  So if you just look at the Win/Loss, you could call them losers.  But if you dig deeper, you can see potential.

Lastly, the conference moves are really about TV.  Ratings and coverages.  The Utah area has been the leader in ratings for the Mountain Channel.  Many people would only go to providers that had the Mountian Channel.  The conference would be smart to try and salvage some of its best market.  True, its not Utah and BYU, but its better than nothing.

Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:57 am

MWC expansion appears unlikely after statement

BYU will never go back to the MWC. The Mountain West Conference has a TV deal with the MTN network (which is the epitome of awful) that doesn't allow any other sports network to show the games. The deal benefited the smaller schools in the conference and let ma and pa watch their daughter play tennis for Wyoming, but as you've probably recognized, no one in the Mountain West gets any national coverage. BYU's mission in athletics isn't just to win games but to display the university in a positive fashion. With the current TV contract, it's not gonna happen.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:35 pm

BYU will crawl back to MWC

Whatever you say....BYU WILL BE TOP in Football end of 2011 and have alot of good competition in WCC. Get a Grip.

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:31 pm

BYU will crawl back to MWC

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