Benson caused the downfall of the WAC when he allowed expansion to 16 teams. It
was obvious it was not going to work, and it did not, fortunately. When it's top
team like Boise St leaves he can only blame himself. If another university
separates itself from the league the MWC will take that one too.
The bottom line is that with all the conference changes, the MWC takes the
bigger hit. I is losing the long time class team of that conference. The WAC
is losing a team that has had it's best years while it has been in the
conference and is very likely to fall back to the middle of the pack in future
years. Very few teams can stay on top very long.
Losing BSU is a huge hit for the WAC. They are losing a team that has won 2 BCS
games, is ranked as high as #2 in the polls, is playing 2 ranked teams followed
by a WAC schedule. BSU has something going that no non-qualifier has ever had -
a legitimate shot at a spot in the BCS title game. Longshot yes, but they have
a shot.BSU has dominated the MWC with only TCU giving them
After this year BSU will have three trips to a BCS bowl and TCU will have two. I
doubt that the MWC is losing the class of the conference as What Up stated. We
are giving up a good team to get a better team. BSU has a chance to be the
first non BCS team to win a National Championship in the BCS area. If they lose
to VT they still may be the first non BCS team to lose a game and make a BCS
bowl. After this year they will have three trips to a BCS and TCU will have two.
I'm glad the games are played so fans can become prophets or heretics on each
and every Saturday afternoon, (and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights).GO Aggies
Benson is a reactive commissioner that appears to be completely void of any type
of vision to make the conference better. As an Aggie fan I am very fearful of
what the future holds from a conference perspective as the dominoes continue to
fall. Here's hoping the Aggies can get their football team competitive enough
that they can land on their feet when all of the conference reshuffling
continues. It's too bad the church won't contribute some tithing money to
support the program like they do for BYU.
Live Hard,Funny how your more interested in disrespecting Utah than
commenting on the article at hand. Can you at least save your burning Utah
jealousy for a forum that actually addresses such a topic?The best
way to overcome personal setbacks is to attempt to learn from your mistakes and
improve oneself. By throwing a toddler tantrum and blaming anything and
everything except BYU for your miserable existence is only keep you from moving
The new WAC contract with ESPN will pay each school about $50 per year.
@imanaggie The church doesn't own Utah State, it owns BYU. Why would
it give money to the competition? Of all the teams in the WAC, I
think that USU has the best chance to become the next powerhouse with BSU
leaving. USU is finally investing some serious money into their football
program, after focusing for so many years on their basketball program. Plus,
Gary Andersen is a great coach, and he's got what it takes to take the team to
new heights. But don't think for a second that if USU got the invitation, they
wouldn't leave the WAC for the MWC...
Live hard,As a typical tds you seem to have expert knowledge on all
things relating to Utah. Your jealous obsession has kept you up at night
forecasting the Ute demise in the PAC instead of coming to terms with BYU not
being a top 25 program/ not winning 10 games/ not going to the Vegas bowl
— in 2010Conversely, rational & objective experts on such
matters all predict Utah will compete for the PAC Championship in 2011. ( i.e
Phil Stelle, Rivals ect..) Again, turn your angry toward the thing
that’s causing you pain - BYU
I don't think the Aggies would jump at the opportunity to go MWC. Why would
they? They now have a chance to rule the football and basketball programs in the
WAC. Besides, the Y would have to give up the AGGIE BLUE if they did. Couldn't
have two true blues in one conference.
Hedgehog:The contraction for you are is you're, not your. Oh, maybe
you ought to read your first posting above and look in the mirror. You might be
surprised what you see. Your screen name is very fitting, as you are a real
pain in the but_!
@Aggie84Uh, have you followed your own team? They've been trying to
get into the MWC for years! BSU is at the top of the WAC and they're leaving
because they know that if they are ever going to get consistent respect and
notoriety, they have to compete with tougher teams in a tougher conference. It's
the same reason that the Utes are moving on to the PAC. I think Coach Andersen
will help them emerge as a leader in the WAC. Secondly, USU blue,
and BYU are 2 different colors (don't demean yourself or your team like that!)
Though, most U fans don't see them as being that different. Furthermore, there
are plenty of teams in conferences throughout all of college football that have
a similar color scheme as another team in their conference. Look at the U and
SDSU, they're pretty much the same.
At least we get to see WAC games on ESPN! No one ever gets to see the MWC
outside of your time zone.I think the WAC needs to let UTEP and La
Tech trade conferences, and get the Miners back in the WAC.The only
other financial hardship on the WAC is Hawaii. Hawaii should go independent,
and the WAC should bring in one of the Big Sky teams who want to come up to FCS
level, but whom?
Doh! I meant come up from the FCS level to the FBS level.
Re: ImanaggieI agree, its too bad the USU football program is underfunded
but I would rather our program suffer and fade into oblivion(again). In fact, I
would rather not even have a football program at USU than take dirty money from
this LDS "church"
Shawn, don't you love how Aggs complain about the color blue? It's like they
think they own that color. You're right though, Nebraska and Oklahoma have
similar colors, as well as Texas and Oklahoma State. There are only so many
colors to choose from people, so sometimes they will overlap, and often there
are different shades of colors. It's just a a color people, get over it.That being said, the WAC has a great contract with ESPN, which is puzzling why
they'd do that for a low profile conference, but still it's great exposure to