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Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:38 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

Friends! Let's hop in the Wayback Machine, all the way back to ... November 2, 2010. Wow, that's a long time ago. Here was our characterization of the new Mountain West after all the conference realignment takes place:

[...] by the time these moves all get made, the Mountain West won't look like a new power conference at all; if anything, it'll just be the WAC 2.0, but with fewer trips to Honolulu and more to Las Vegas. Hey, win some, lose some. But a conference led by Boise State, Fresno State, and Nevada didn't get a sniff from the BCS Committee when it comes to awarding an automatic BCS bid (and guaranteeing BCS money), and it won't this time around either.

Well, apparently the MWC is going all-in on this "WAC 2.0" business, because according to a report from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the Mountain West has offered a conference spot to Hawaii:

The University of Hawaii is being extended an offer to join the Mountain West Conference, the Star-Advetiser [sic] has learned.

A 7 p.m. [HST] press conference has been called for Bachman Hall to make the announcement.

The MWC presidents met today to approve conditions under which the conference would accept UH, which is expected to join the Big West in all sports except football.

If true, this puts the WAC on the brink of going defunct; NCAA rules state that for a conference to receive an automatic postseason bid -- or really be recognized by the NCAA in any way -- it must have a group of five member schools that have been in the same conference for at least five years. With Boise State, Nevada, and Fresno State all headed to the Mountain West and now Hawaii joining them, the WAC would be down to the bare minimum of five tenured schools in 2012: Louisiana Tech, Idaho, New Mexico State, Utah State, and San Jose State. If even one of those schools leaves before 2017 (when brand new members Seattle, Texas State, and UT-San Antonio hit the five-year mark), the WAC will effectively cease to exist. That would be its own special brand of history, wouldn't it?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:42 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

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Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:13 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

I bet Utah State joins now, in all sports, If not now then in 2017.  The MWC WILL GET an Automatic BCS Birth to the Fiesta Bowl Probably. I kinda hope Utah State does Join. The NCAA's rule is so stupid and WAC members should appeal, and win their right to exict.  They'll get the eight member league minimum. Could the MWC make a play for Gonzaga, Seattle, Denver, Portland, another school to play all sports but Football? If they get Utah State and Gonzaga. They would be WITHOUT A DOUBT a TRUE MAJOR CONFERENCE!!!!regardless of Big East. If TCU bolts, than they may lose out on what could be amazing.

Utah State to MWC!!!! Football, too.
Gonzaga to MWC!!!! No Football, no problem.
Hawaii to MWC!!!! Football only.

the major sports would have 12 teams weither one says Hawaii or Gonzaga. Im a big ten fan and go to a big ten university and I love this Idea.



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:39 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

Next move IMHO:  MWC adds SMU to bring the conference to 12 teams in 2012.  SMU brings the Iron Skillet rivalry with TCU to the conference, along with a small slice of the Dallas market, and an opponent regionally relevant to TCU.  CUSA then raids Louisiana Tech from the soon-to-be-defunct WAC.  Somebody, somewhere (maybe CBS College Sports/Vs.??) negotiates a better deal with the MWC and buys out the MWC television contract, putting the Mtn. to sleep.  We'll see...

Good post.  That's what I see coming in the next few weeks.  A MWC 12 or 13.  Going to happen.  SMU, LTU, and Houston will be considered or the 12th spot across the board in athletics.  Maybe all 3?



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:28 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

Utah St will not join the MWC.  It's athletics across the board are too weak.  (Men's hoops being the notable exception.)  Expect La Tech to be the next to jump ship and land either in Conference USA or (more likely) the SunBelt.  That leaves the rest to scramble to land elsewhere or drop to 1AA in football and join the Big West or WCC in all other sports.



Since: May 12, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:15 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

Next move IMHO:  MWC adds SMU to bring the conference to 12 teams in 2012.  SMU brings the Iron Skillet rivalry with TCU to the conference, along with a small slice of the Dallas market, and an opponent regionally relevant to TCU.  CUSA then raids Louisiana Tech from the soon-to-be-defunct WAC.  Somebody, somewhere (maybe CBS College Sports/Vs.??) negotiates a better deal with the MWC and buys out the MWC television contract, putting the Mtn. to sleep.  We'll see...



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:05 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

Oh and by the way, I think it safe to say the MWC hasn't been impacted at all by losing the Utah schools. The next thing they should do is pull in SMU to keep TCU in conference definitley. Even though I think if Hawaii jumps ship that TCU would have be beyond blind not to see the Mountain West is becoming lightyears ahead of the Big East, always playing safe is the best option when it comes to teams looking for the next step. I also feel that in the next month or so we will hear another team getting an invite, being it a WAC or C-USA school.



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:00 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

This is what MWC fans have been WAITING TO HEAR. Boise and TCU are at the top. San Diego State, Air Force, Nevada, Fresno and Hawaii are on the rise. Now pull in either Houston or SMU and then force the BCS to give the MWC what its long deserved- a AQ spot.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:56 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

This will give the MWC 11 teams 1.boise 2.hawaii 3.nevada 4.fresnost 5 tcu 6 sdst 7airforce 8unlv 9 colorodost 10n.mexico 11 wyoming to me this means either tcu is leaving are there will be one more team invited to make 12 that way there could be divisions and a championship game ,  the wac is toast




Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:46 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

This is a good move for Hawaii and solidifies the Mountain West.  Fresno State is a great addition as well as Boise.  Clearly, the Mountain West has protected itself.  It is best to consolidate the strong non-aq schools into one conference.  The strength of the BCS/Big East was when they strong non-aq schools were diversified, they could say there was no basis for conference strenth being considered for automatic BCS bowl bids.  Clearly, the mountain west would be stronger than the Big East, year-in year-out.

I agree, this was a move to keep TCU in.  And I believe TCU will go nowhere.  This is looking to be the new AQ conference.  Sorry to the haters.  The new Mountain West will exceed the Big East and the ACC going forward.  But who knows, in college football.  More teams to jump in the future.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:42 am
 

Report: Hawaii to join MWC, further imperil WAC

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I LOVE IT!!!  Karl Benson probably just had a veign pop out in his big, shiny, egotistical forhead!!!  Why don't we take SJSU and La Tech while we are at it so the WAC winds up inviting Montana State-Northern and Rocky Mountain College!  I wonder how long it will take ol Karl to try and sue Hawaii and make them wait until 2015 to leave or pay 100 bagillion dollars...This is Karl's karma coming back for mis-treating Nevada and Fresno State like he did.


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