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Published: Friday, Feb. 4 2011 2:00 p.m. MST

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springville, UT

Cry baby.....

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

Ditto that Max was right.

He acts like byu owes the MWC something. BYU thinks they can get more money somewhere else. Every school in the nation is going to go after more money was possible.

It's funny when they throw a hissy fit.

Salt Lake City, UT

Rocky is trying to turn things around....playing BYU will only guarantee one thing...another loss for SDSU, every year......he should add teams like NAU, Weber State, Snow to SDSU schedule and stay away from the BYU's~~

west jordan, ut

Most coaches from the MWC are upset that BYU, TCU and Utah are leaving. I mean, they are lucky that Boise came to the conference. Without them, who is going to bring the money in to support the conference, the Mountain??? All 3 teams made wise choices, just in different ways. Good luck to all of them.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Rocky was born in Provo because his dad was playing football for byu at that time.

West Jordan, Utah

Just another hater. It's tough when one of your disciples is working you every year. It don't matter if Long is a head coach at New Mexico, or an assistant at San Diego, he can't beat the Y!


Why so bitter!

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Rocky Long Envy?

What a whiner. He should be happy that BYU is leaving because he's been owned by them. BYU never lost to Rocky Long under Bronco Mendenhall's tenure.

The real losers in all of this is the WAC. Yeah the MWC lost out on 3 great teams, but how do you think the WAC feels? I don't know how they are going to survive as a conference.

Salt Lake City, UT

Oh Rocky Long - you kind of sound like a bad sport. Before your classless comments I actually thought you were kind of a class act. Guess I was wrong. Doesn't matter anyway, Rocky won't fair much better in San Diego than he did at New Mexico.

Ann Arbor, MI

Nothing would make the tds more happy than to have the MWC games back.

To all the MWC programs, please DO NOT play the tds. Let them die on the vine.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

In all seriousness, why is everyone out to get BYU?

What did we ever do to anybody? I can understand the rivalry and what not as long as it's all in good fun, but where is all of this hatred coming from? Seriously? I'm perfectly aware that it exists, I've really just never understoond why.

I really don't genuinely hate any other team. I just get irritated when other certain team's fans act like idiots towards us.

I suppose if the misguided hate is hate towards the LDS church then I suppose I understand it, but it is really unfortunate that it exists because of that. It's wrong to hate anyone. I don't hate any random religion just because it's there or it's different. And those in the LDS Church that hate BYU, that's what I understand the least. They are probably the most misguided ones of all. Is it because of the "hypocrisy?" Isn't there "hypocrisy" among members of the church that don't attend BYU? Isn't there also "self righteous, arrogant" church members that are alumns of other schools? We (everyone) need to be more Christian.

Orem, UT

BYU games at SDSU have always attracted 10,000 to 20,000 more fans than SDSU usually gets, so the Long is simply cutting off his nose to spite his face.

SDSU not scheduling BYU will have zero impact on the Cougars. With ESPN as a scheduling partner, BYU won't have any trouble filling their schedule and filling their stadium with attractive games.

Lol at the misguided pronouncements of doom from the trolls; BYU's 2011 home schedule isn't at all indicative of the kinds of teams that will be playing in Provo in 2012 and beyond. The trolls will be green with envy when the Cougars start announcing their future schedules.

Palo Alto, CA

Interesting tactic by Rocky; he's been owned by BYU and Bronco, so by refusing to play BYU, he can avoid at least one built in loss in his schedule for the next 5 or 6 years. By blaming BYU for leaving the MWC, he can make it appear that it's BYU's fault that he won't play them, not that he's afraid to play the Cougars. Smart move by a veteran coach.

Fresno, CA

Keep it classy San Diego.

Overton, NV

I can't understand all the hate for BYU either. The most ludicrous one I keep hearing is that BYU was the entity behind the creation of theMTN, that they "forced" the TV Network down everybody else's throats, and now that they don't like how it turned out they are bailing. Crazy.

Utah and TCU are leaving as well, yet the same hatred doesn't exist for them. No other team in the conference has been such a boon to the revenues of the teams it plays. As has been stated, most teams have had their highest attendance when playing BYU. Case in point: the Wyoming basketball game the other night. Plus, hasn't it been stated that most of the revenue from theMtn net work comes from Utah?

So much for that. These MTN West schools will miss BYU and Utah a lot, more so than TCU I would guess. Don't know what you got 'til it's gone, right?

American Fork, UT

Many of you have already answered your own questions. There are a couple of reasons for the hate and bitterness towards BYU. 1st is that BYU has routinely beat them up for several decades in almost every sport. The other is that BYU almost sngle handedly carried them all economically for all of that time.

It was a situation where they all hated to get trounced but they needed BYU anyway because BYU brought the tv money and BYU borught fans to their stadiums and arenas and for a long time BYU was the only team bringing any bowl money.

It was a codependent relationship for all of those other schools. They hated BYU abusing them on the court and field but needed BYU for credibility and revenue.

I can understand the hate.

Now BYU has bailed on them, BYU finally had enough of carrying them and these guys are bitter about it. They never wanted to publicly admit they are inferior but always knew they were. Now They have to fend for themselves and it will be all the more apparent they aren't worth on their own what they were with BYU to gravy train off of.

Alpine, UT

It's surprising that Rocky is so clueless and bitter about this. First off, his statement that BYU would like to keep playing all of the MWC schools couldn't be farther from the truth. The main point of is move (as has been clearly stated by BYU many, many times) is exposure. How will BYU increase it's national exposure by continuing to play MWC teams? Look at who they have already been scheduling and you'll find teams from all over the country and this is just the beginning of the independence era. Give it a few more years as Rocky stated and SDSU won't have a prayer at getting on BYU's schedule. Furthermore, didn't Rocky just leave New Mexico to move to SDSU and as an assistant coach at that? He didn't have any idea that he'd move up to head coach after only 1 year in the program and yet he deserted UNM after many years there as HC. How can he complain about BYU moving on to a better opportunity when he just did the same thing himself?

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

Duckhunter well said. Here come the bottom line. Rocky Long won't be SDSU's head coach in 6 to 7 years to who cares what he thinks. The other comical thing is how much additional revenue SDSU received each time they played BYU.

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

Gee, what was SDSU's status when they joined the WAC?

You're right. They were an independent. They needed the WAC because even after playing a decent schedule most years, and beating Florida State once, they had been totally ignored for the few bowls that existed back then.

When they joined the WAC they thought they had a free pass to the Holiday Bowl. They lost their first WAC game to...that's right the mighty UTEP Miners.

I was sad to see Brady Hokek leave because it seemed like SDSU was finally going to reach its potential.

Magna, UT

The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on!

BYU was the best partner the WAC and MWC ever had and they kept every commitment they ever made at great expense and sacrifice. It's my understanding BYU had no intention to move to independence until Utah was officially invited to the PAC12. Had Utah Stayed, BYU would have stayed.

The move to independence was not about money as many have suggested. They built the new broadcasting facility at tremendous cost with the intent to give the LDS church visibility.

ESPN knew the broadcast facility was a fantastic opportunity and the two entities partnered. Fore sure BYU enticed ESPN and BYU spent millions of dollars annually to promote their BRAND but for the purpose of exposure not revenue.

Every team in the MWC owed their financial viability to BYU and rather than despising BYU they might try thanking BYU. I think if Mr. Thompson and the remaining MWC members would engage BYU rather than hating them, BYU would still agree to be great partners.

Case in point, TCU has come full circle and entered talks, the others I think will too

Dave from Taylorsville
Taylorsville, UT

Hey Hedgehog! I do understand your hatred toward the tds.

First, you use an expression (the tds) coined by Coach Meyer. The same guy who left your team high and dry for a "sunnier climate."

Second, you've spent a couple of decades with your teams face in the muddy wagon tracks under the boot of BYUs relentless offense AND defense.

And third, you realize that even though you're going to the PAC-Whatever, BYU will eventually be playing a far more meaningful schedule and basking in the light of independence (which actually mean Scheduling Freedom).

The hatred ensued by so many is mainly due to envy more than any thing else. tds/BYU has done more coming from what most thought was a less tenable situation. The honor code. . . who would want to go where that's in force. Not even a cup of joe! And, at first thought (by Oklahoma Coach Berry Swisher) that bringing back return missionaries was such foolishness - he then turned an about face and said it was unfair to have these seasoned players on BYUs squad.

It's not the last time you'll hear the whining people.

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