This is a great, great move for BYU. They are free from the chains of the MWC,
free from the hobbling, awful TV deal of the MWC, and free, in football, to
schedule anybody they want and can, any week of the year. I believe as time goes
on, BYU and BYU fans are going to love this move, more TV, more exposure, more
money. And, BYU is free from the joined at the hip relationship with Utah--which
in my opinion had become a net negative. The competition was too intense, the
emotions too high, the ugliness too bad. Hooray for independence day.
I'm glad to see that the Deseret News has done its research, unlike that rag the
Trib. The WCC is better in most of the more visible Olympic and small Sports,
such as Women's soccer, golf, tennis and baseball. With BYU, it has nearly the
same RPI in basketball, and many more NCAA tourney wins over the last decade.
All of this is only enhanced when you add a school like BYU, that is good across
the board in athletics.
funny....no quotes from the track team or swim team coaches???? That's because
they have NO ONE to compete against! Let's get that rowing team going though!
Glad someone wrote an article about something other than football. Please talk
to more of the coaches and write other articles.Get some comments
from the basketball players and some of the other coaches and players.
If you are a track or softball recruit, you better hope they resolve the issue
of what conference those sports will be competing in before signing day comes
around. Utah and the PAC10 are looking better all the time.
The move to the WCC is great for women's soccer. Their's is step up in
competitiion. If the majority of the games are televised on BYUTV-that would be
a boon for women's soccer at BYU and the entire WCC.I think swimming
and diving will go to the Moutain Pacific Sports Federation with Men's
Volleyball. MPSF has indoor track too mostly made up of PAC-12
schools with some Cal State and UC schools. If track did the indoor season in
the MPSF and possibly roll into the outdoor season as mostly an independent.
The outdoor season does not seem very conference specific according to the
schedule, but I had never looked at it before. The only conference specific
event is the MWC championships. I don't know anything about track, but it seems
you would need a mechanism to qualify for the NCAA championships.As
a whole, I think most sports will take a step down going to the WCC. WCC is
ranked 13th as a conference in Men's basketball according to Saragrin. BYU may
up that, but by how much-to 10th or 11th? MWC was ranked 8th
I understand the WCC sanctions Men's Soccer. Will BYU add a Men's Soccer program
now? I know they already have a Men's Soccer Club, but now they can compete in
Men's soccer is in a pro-development league because of Title IX. If BYU adds
more women's sports, they could add soccer. Remember BYU cut wrestling and
gymnastics because of Title IX.