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Published: Friday, July 8 2011 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

I'm beginning to like the WCC more and more. I think Holmoe is serious about staying in this situation for a while. A BCS conference may call sometime, but if it's sooner rather than later, BYU might politely decline the offer.

The WCC will likely be more competetive than people are thinking. BYU is now at home with their mens' volleyball team. Basketball is about the same level, replacing UNLV and New Mexico with Gonzaga and St. Mary's. Like the PAC, the WCC is more broad that football/basketball.

West Jordan, UT

With the addition of BYU the WCC will be a two bid league for the NCAA tournament most years. Is it the Big East, or even the Pac-12? No, but it is about as good as the MWC is gonna be without BYU and Utah except that it plays on ESPN instead of the Mtn. It will be a good home for the Cougars to continue to improve the basketball program and build on the momentum they have going right now.

Frisco, TX

For those who think the MWC is superior in men's basketball to the WCC, how do you account for the WCC's 7 appearances in the Sweet 16 and 1 appearance in the Great 8 since 1999? Is the MWC able to make such a claim?

And we all know about San Diego (bottom team in WCC) beating Utah (mid conference team in MWC).

With Utah (other than the past few years) and BYU out of the MWC, the WCC is clearly a stronger men's BB conference than the MWC going forward.

Why does the WCC not have track and field? That makes no sense to me.

Orem, Utah

BYU couldn't have ended up in a better setup than they originally thought they'd get. The WCC will be WAY better than the WAC they were thinking of getting into for non-football sports, even if Nevada and Fresno hadn't defected.

Every BYU sport has found a decent home, and some didn't even have to change, as they weren't in the MWC in the first place.

Independence in football and WCC membership in many other sports are going to be good for BYU!

Lehi, UT

This commissioner appears thoughtful and upbeat. I've bought my season tickets already. Can't wait for the Zags to come to Provo in the dead of winter. It'll be fun.


The teams in the WCC are great and all, but the best benefit of the WCC is geography. No more snowy trips to Laramie, WY or Fort Collins, CO. Now it's Southern California 3 times per year, Northern California 3 times per year, Portland and Washington. As Tom Holmoe said, 58% of BYU Alumni live in the 4 states which the WCC has it's footprint in. Great move athletically, religiously, and especially geographically.

Excellent move Cougars!

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sounds like all the cougar faithful have convinced themselves that "your new home is better than your old home". No buyers remorse? Perhaps this is because you really didn't really have any other choice. Too bad this is a false perception. Enjoy!

Doctor J
Manti, UT

Gonzaga, BYU, St Mary's, SanFrancisco, Santa Clara, Portland


SD State, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado State, Air Force, Boise

1...Gonzaga they have a current history(90's, 2000's)
2...BYU..historically UNLV is better,BYU is riding a Jimmer Wave w/Rose
3...UNLV...strong history
4...St Marys...good every year
5...New Mexico...decent every year
6...SD State...building a history with Fischer
7...San Francisco Old history...decent now
8-12 are a toss up

Gonzaga, BYU, St Mary's are just as good or BETTER than UNLV New Mexico and SD State!

I think the WCC will have more teams advance in the NCAA tourney going forward.

Doctor J
Manti, UT

Dave Rose is a very good coach...Jimmer is a once or twice in a Lifetime kind of player...but if we had not lost Davies last year BYU would have been in the Final Four...with a 25% chance to win it all.

BYU has some really good recruits and Davies is an NBA calibre player. Abuo is every coaches dream...he can defend 4 positions on the floor...best role player you could ask for. I think BYU is just starting something big.

Old Navy
Provo, UT

Haven't we beat this dead horse enough?

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

The WCC reminds me of a friend of mine...

A decent guy who was excited to marry a girl who was known to everyone (but him) as self-centered, high maintenance, and attention hungry.

Out of respect no one warned him, he thought he was in love and he wouldn't have listened anyway.

As expected... when the honeymoon was over, my friend regretted his decision and regrets it to this day.

I wish the WCC the best... but this is not going to turn out well.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Dear Howard S.,

I find your comment hilarious. What makes you say such things? Oops, sorry, I am feeding the trolls.

Nikon Guy
Henderson, NV

@ Howard S.
Amen to that! I still think the WCC is a pit stop until something better comes along.

In my opinion thew WCC is still a downgrade. Although there are going to be 2-3 consistent and great teams in the WCC the conference just doesn't have the name brand or recognition that some think. Most people, especially on the east coast probably couldn't name the conference Gonzaga is in. Even with the addition of BYU, which is a very strong brand, I think most will still struggle to remember the WCC. In fact, some probably will still think BYU is part of the MWC! Although, the MWC lost a lot over the year, I think the MWC is still more recognizable than the WCC. Also, even though the MWC lost Utah, BYU and TCU I think the MWC will still ride the coat tails of success stemming from past BCS victories although they are totally different sports. The MWC has come a long way as far as respect and I don't expect it to go away anytime soon. :)

BYU's Best

Interesting that the WCC commish already "knows" that BYU won't dominate in any of the 4 sports he mentioned. I wouldn't be so bold as to predict that they won't, although the Cougs could just end up being extrememly competetive in them. All I know is that with Rose at the helm, BYU has beaten the Zags, USF routinely and St. Mary's. Not a bad start, imo.

Ann Arbor, MI

"Most people, especially on the east coast probably couldn't name the conference Gonzaga is in. "


You nailed it. People on the east coast have finally now (after a decade of success) taking Gonzaga as the real deal. But no one...I mean NO ONE knows what conference they come from. The general rule ( east coast) is if you're not in the PAC then you must be a WAC.

Atlanta, GA

"As a member of the Mountain West Conference for 12 years, BYU was dominant in all sports, claiming a whopping 140 regular-season and tournament championships Utah was second with 49."

All I can say to that is "WOW"!!!!!!! No question who has been the premier school in the MWC. Now I understand the real reason why the school north of town took the first opportunity to run. They had no hope of ever catching the Cougars.

Billy Budd
Saint George, UT

"The Cougars will strengthen the WCC, but it will not be dominant".

If "exposure" is the #1 goal of BYU Sports, "domination", of the WCC, has got to be a close second.

"Competitively, BYU will come in, in all sports as a top-half program, but not a dominant program in any of our sports".

The WCC Commissioner, obviously, has seriously underestimated the newest member of the WCC.

Oceanside, CA

WCC > MWC (sports, fans, fit)
Zaninovich > Thompson
ESPN > mtn
BYUtv > mtn

Here's looking to a bright future.

Bluffdale, UT

I can't believe I am saying this but, I have to agree with Hedge and Howard....to a point. Most people know who Gonzaga is, but they don't know that they are in the WCC. You could also say the same thing for BYU for the last 10 years. Lots of people may know who BYU is, but they couldn't tell you what conference they were in. It still doesn't diminish the fact that BYU is in a better situation in the WCC than they were in the MWC. Let's be honest, the MWC is a media black hole. To be out from under Hair Thompson is the best thing that could have happened to both BYU and Utah.

Cougars - Wise Older Brothers
Anaheim, CA

Silent Lurker

Sounds like our jealous little brothers are still obsessed with their big brother.

Just like in football, where BYU will be playing the majority of their games on ESPN, BYU basketball has found a new home with over a dozen games on ESPN this coming season.

The kids on the hill are compelled to nit pik, because they know that that trainwreck on the hill will be lucky to find a home on the PAC 12 subscription only channel -- maybe that's a good thing.

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