If anyone needs proof of the Warriors’ security in the Mountain West Conference, look to tomorrow’s game against Wyoming.
Per an agreement with the MWC, the Warriors pay a visiting team from the Mountain time zone $175,000 in travel subsidies. The payment is intended for round-trip charter flights.
But UH has no say in how the money is spent. That means UH can’t say, “Hey, Cowboys, we found this great deal on Travelocity …”
Wyoming gets to keep the money and spend it any way it wishes. If it wanted to spend it on commercial flights and pocket the rest, that’s allowed. If it wants to use the money as a down payment on Larry Ellison’s plane, go for it.
In addition, Wyoming qualifies for the “Hawaii exemption,” allowing the Cowboys to book either another home game or play a money game.
The subsidy, actually, is reasonable if treated as an appearance fee. UH pays much more to bring in a non-conference opponent. And it’s part of the attraction of keeping the Warriors in the MWC.
For Wyoming’s part, it did not use the 13th game, despite byes last week and Nov. 15.
And it is flying by charter. The travel roster includes 15 non-football officials.
It is UH’s hope the Paniolo Trophy is part of the checked baggage.