MWC, C-USA to merge

February 13th, 2012

It's official: The Mountain West Conference and Conference USA will merge beginning in the summer of 2013.

Here's Ferd Lewis' story: Merger.

So, here are the questions:

• Will UH have to pay travel subsidies?

Well, probably.

• What happens to the MWC's television contracts?

They get scrapped, and negotiations begin anew.

• Teams from Carolina and Hawaii in the same league, really?

Yes. Sorta. There likely will be geographical splits, so don't expect too many crossover trips.

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According to the Birmingham News, an NCAA working group is studying the feasibility of bringing back athlete-only dorm with unlimited food, allowing coaches to publicly discuss recruits even during the recruiting process, and allow transfers in all sports to play immediately.

Not sure how the dorm would impact walk-ons, or if there is enough available housing for UH to establish such a dorm.

Here's the link: NCAA considerations.

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There is a breakup. Both agree to keep in touch, maybe to meet up again.

The reality is there will be no keeping in touch, no meeting up again.

And as the farewell tour of opponents continues this semester, despite good intentions, there also will be no keeping in touch, no meeting up again.

If Boise State's football team decides to bolt from the Mountain West this summer, a year earlier than expected, then the only meeting between the Broncos and Warriors will be if they exchange Farmville requests. The Broncos don't want to play in Hawaii, and UH doesn't want to play in Boise. After all, the teams did not meet as non-conference opponents in 2011. UH will never play home-and-home series against San Jose State, Utah State, New Mexico State, Idaho or Louisiana Tech. Those schools don't draw enough for the Warriors to relinquish a home date.

But, hey, they can still be friends.

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Volleyball Warriors drop to No. 13 in this week's AVCA poll.

Next up: Top-ranked UCLA this weekend.

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That was a devastating fire on the Lower Campus, which destroyed the building housing personnel, financial and payroll records for the entire UH system. Some firefighters scaled the neighboring Stan Sheriff Center roof to direct fire strategy.




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Happy birthday to UH athletic trainer Jessica Oshiro.

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