WAC commissioner Karl Benson said an exit deal has not been reached with seceding members Fresno State and Nevada.
Benson disputed a report from Fresno that FS and Nevada would remain in the WAC for football in 2011 while their other sports would join the Mountain West Conference for the 2011-12 academic year. The two football programs, according to the report, would compete in the MWC in 2012. In addition, both schools would pay $1 million exit fees.
The WAC’s CEOs — presidents or chancellors who represent the member schools in sports matters — are scheduled to meet in a teleconference tomorrow to discuss a proposal. The feeling is that while the CEOs are flexible on the amount of the exit fee, they will hold strong to not allowing any of the FS or Nevada teams to bolt until after June 30, 2012.
There are chips in the WAC’s claim that is owed $5 million apiece from FS and Nevada. But if both schools were to join the MWC in 2011, leaving the WAC with pukas in their sports schedules and a depreciated television package, there would be real grounds for financial recovery. Best scenario for both parties: Lower exit fee in exchange for a 2012 full exit.
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It is good news for digital television customers that the Boise State-UH game will be shown on ESPNU.
UH is working to make sure that those who do not have ESPNU but subscribed to pay-per-view will be able to watch the game without paying an additional charge.
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It was 1995, and head coach Bob Wagner spoke of a tough opposing quarterback. Thing was, the QB was a freshman and the opponent was Central Florida. Sure, Coach, we all thought. And that was the first time we ever heard about Daunte Culpepper.
Years later, head coach June Jones talked up the quarterback for the I-AA opponent. Sure, Coach, we all thought. And that was the first time we ever heard about Tony Romo.
And it was that way when Jones spoke about the Miami (Ohio) quarterback who was Ben Roethlisberger and the Tulane QB who was J.P. Losman.
And after hearing about Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick and Utah State’s Diondre Borel, and with Boise State’s Kellen Moore in the telescope, to hear the praise for Idaho’s Nate Enderle, well …
But after watching Enderle develop through the years — and, it does appears he has spent a lot of years in the WAC — who is to argue with UH coaches who insist Enderle will be one of the first five QBs taken in the 2011 draft.