The long(er) goodbye
The WAC reached an agreement with Nevada and Fresno State in which both schools will remain in the league — in all sports — through June 30, 2012, with each ponying up $900,000 in exit fees.
It's a compromise.
Both schools don't have to pay the $5 million apiece the WAC feels it was owed, they save on lawyer fees, and they get to go where they want to go, anyway.
The WAC gets more time to reorganize, and, hopefully, it will use its share of the exit money to hire a recording secretary. Mental note: Do not hire the WAC to write pre-nups. What's more, because Nevada and Fresno State don't have votes on WAC matters for another year, the league could have "Make Fun of Nevada" events, and there's nothing the Wolf Pack could do about it. (Wouldn't it be interesting if the exit fees were paid with those large checks that could be held up during halftime?)
For Hawaii, it gives athletic director Jim Donovan and his committees more time, up to June 2011, to figure out if it wants to stay, go, half-stay/half-go, or do the hokey-pokey and turn it all around. (Side note: Everybody says UH would have immediately accepted if it received the same offer from the MWC that was made to Nevada and Fresno State. Accept? Probably. Immediately? Not so. UH would have had public hearings and committee meetings and feasibility studies and more hearings and more committees and, after a while, the MWC would say: "Uh, you got Utah State's number?")
But I digress.
Anyway, next summer, the landscape should rock and roll some more, with the Big Ten, which really is a big 12, grabbing some Big East teams, and then the Big East raiding another league, which in turn pulls TCU from the Mountain West, which will have the MWC looking for another WAC grab and ...
Well, it's not over.
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Kudos to Brent Rausch, still UH's No. 2 quarterback, who volunteered to work on the scout team yesterday. The Warriors wanted to get some reps for freshmen David Graves and Cayman Shutter. Rausch decided he would be more helpful portraying Idaho's Nate Enderle during defensive drills. Rausch flourished with the scout team, teaming with wideout Darius Bright, who is redshirting this season.
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In yesterday's blog, a reader cited a comment that he took from Na Koa's Web site. Highlights of Na Koa events are available on the organization's Web site.
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From Boise State:
Boise State Head Football Coach Chris Petersen will be available via teleconference with the Hawai'i media this Monday (Nov. 1) beginning at 2:00 p.m. (MT). This will be the only time Coach Petersen will be available prior to the game for the Hawai'i media.
Also as a reminder, Boise State players are unavailable for media interviews.