It was no surprise that Boise State would one day leave the WAC, but it still was jolting that “one day” would be today. The Broncos will be joining the Mountain West.
Sort of reminds me of a guy who invites himself to a party.
For all of the posturing, this is a blow to the WAC — and UH — with a direct hit to the bank accounts. Boise’s departure means:
• Losing potential BCS money.
• Having a diminished national TV value.
• Losing the Humanitarian Bowl.
• Forcing the remaining WAC football teams to scramble for one more game each year starting in 2011. (And that won’t be easy to fill, since UH has filled the bookened dates. It’s tougher to book the October/November pukas.)
For the WAC, there is no good news.
If you’re keeping score, that makes 13 schools that have left the WAC in the past 12 years, with Boise State joining Brigham Young, Utah, Colorado State, Air Force, Wyoming, UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico, Rice, Tulsa, SMU and UTEP.
Somebody better put one of those tracking bracelets on Nevada, Fresno State and Louisiana Tech, or else UH will be competing for a real Independence Bowl.
Here’s WAC commission Karl Benson’s statement (from the WAC site):
WAC Commissioner Karl Benson-
“While I am disappointed that Boise State has elected to leave the WAC, I am very optimistic that the WAC will continue to have success in the future and that this change in membership will allow us to build even a better WAC for the future. The WAC has been very good for Boise State and Boise State has been very good for the WAC. But it’s not the first time a school has left the WAC and each time it has happened, a school or group of schools have stepped up and performed at a level that brings the WAC national credibility. We have a very strong foundation of schools going forward and others that are showing vast improvement in their athletics’ programs, and I expect that one of these teams will do just that – step up and perform. And as I have said many times – when schools join the WAC, they get better and I am sure that too will be the case regardless of the team or teams that will join the WAC in the coming months. The WAC Board of Directors will begin immediately to evaluate possible replacement teams. However, a specific timeline has yet to be determined as we continue to follow the changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics that is currently underway.”
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Jim Donovan said UH will petition for an interpretation on USC’s ban of playing a 13th game. Donovan believes it would create a financial hardship for UH if the 2010 season opener were to be canceled. It also can be argued that USC’s violations occurred after the UH-USC contracts were signed.
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Congrats to Mike Trapasso for receiving a well-deserved contract extension, especially after being on win-or-else terms the past two years.
With that done, it’s time to:
• Hire another full-time worker for the compliance office. We all grumble, but the compliance office is understaffed. And, as USC found out, a good compliance office can save a lot of grief later.
• Hire a full-time receptionist for the football department. There are new offices, new conference rooms, even a new bathroom. But football still doesn’t have a full-time receptionist or secretary.
• Hire another full-time coach for the weight room. And while we’re spreading the money, how about a pay boost for strength coach Tommy Heffernan, who now is taking on full responsibility for the football program.