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Published: Wednesday, June 8 2011 10:52 a.m. MDT

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gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

$5 million is a stiff penalty but it will keep the MWC from turning into the wac. As opposed to the Wac the MWC will retain a pretty strong nucleus. Any team that plays the likes of Idaho, Idaho St, New Mexico St, San jose St, Utah St and Hawaii in the same year deserve zero respect.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

after bYu jobbed the MWC.... I can understand the need for rule changes.

Ibleedcrimson
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wow talk about "closing the barn door after the horse has bolted"! Who's left to worry about? BSU? Not likely unless they seriously upgrade the rest of their University outside of football.

The best thing Utah, BYU and TCU did was run away and never look back from the MWC, even if TCU has to suffer one last year in the minors...

Kaha
Salt Lake City, UT

...How is Crabtree asking who the QB is and saying that he'll be "100%" behind him a slight on Smith? He's asking the same question all of us are-who is the QB going to be, as Smith is unsigned? Journalism at its finest.

Independent
Henderson, NV

Wow. They actually renewed Craig Thompson's contract?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Pretty certain that any team that plays the likes of Idaho, Idaho St, New Mexico St, San Jose St, Utah St and Hawaii in the same year could not care less about being respected by a non entity worm herder.

Hair Thompson has no credibility outside of Reno.

govt rocks
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree, I fail to see how Crabtree's comments are a knock on Smith. It is a legitimate question, although all indications are that Smith will be resigned by the 49ers. I also don't see how Smith's comments about Crabtree are at all controversial. If you don't know why someone isn't particpating in voluntary camps, what else are you supposed to say?

williary
Kearns, UT

MWC a little late with that penalty. It's like they are buying an alarm system after their house has already been stripped clean and they've moved out.

There's no reason for the rest of the conference President's to not renew Hair. It was his awful TV deal that kept giving equal money and TV access to the have-nots of the league, while the teams who produced fell farther behind the BCS teams they were competing with. Teams like Wyoming and New Mexico owe a big allegiance to Hair.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't understand why Alex Smith is so determined to make it as a 49ers quarterback. I suppose each year he is fooled by the hope of a new head coach or a new offensive scheme, but after 5 years of dashed hopes? The 49ers are a toxic organization. Move on and make your name somewhere else. Drew Brees moved on, and did just fine. Go to Arizona or Minnesota. Get out of The Bay!

Hondo
Alpine, UT

Why are we fortunate enough to read stories about Boylen, the MWC, and Urban Meyer ad nauseum? I think we need more coverage of Crowton, Ingle, and Reid? Why not through in Guy and Giacoletti while we're at it?

LOTR
Baltimore, MD

Sounds like Craig Thompson is doing his best to keep the Broncos from bolting as soon as they discover just how horrible the MTN really is.

hh - after BYU jobbed the MWC.... I can understand the need for rule changes.

The Utes were the primary contributors to the MWC breakup.

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

gonefishn. Wow. You must have missed all the details in trying to get a schedule going in less than a year's time and "simply" do not understand how a schedule is worked on projecting out 5 years and must work within the framework of the other team's conference commitments. You are myopic when you look at BYU's schedule focusing only on this next year. Take a look at the schedule over the next 3-4 years before a childish comment is made.

LOTR how did BYU job the MWC? Because they left to look out for their own interests? Because the MWC treated them like a cash cow? Because the MWC is a weak league? An Nauseum. THe Utes were not the primary contributors to the MWC breakup. BYU and Utah both were. Utah joining the new PAC-12 and BYU had already been working on independence before that happened. You are looking through a glass darkly.

williary
Kearns, UT

@CougarBlue

"THe Utes were not the primary contributors to the MWC breakup."

Fiction. Complete fiction. A fairytale ending that BYU fans have created.

Until Utah took the spot in the Pac-12 that BYU had been begging for the last 3 decades, BYU had "plans" that were way on the back burner. Utah moving got the wheels turning, just facts BYU fans refuse to accept.

Had Utah not been promoted, BYU would have stayed right where they were, and kept making "plans" in case something catastraphic happened, like Utah leaving them in the dust.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Hondo | 1:46 p.m. June 8, 2011
Alpine, UT
Why are we fortunate enough to read stories about Boylen, the MWC, and Urban Meyer ad nauseum? I think we need more coverage of Crowton, Ingle, and Reid? Why not through in Guy and Giacoletti while we're at it?
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Why does anyone care about the MWC?

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

"Any team that plays the likes of Idaho, Idaho St, New Mexico St, San jose St, Utah St and Hawaii in the same year deserve zero respect."

Wow, gonefishn. You really think that a team that beats Ole Miss, Texas, TCU, Utah, and Oregon State all in the same year (hypothetically speaking) will automatically get no respect because it plays those teams you mentioned? Of course, beating any of these teams next year is yet to be seen as impressive, as ANY of these teams (except perhaps TCU) have a possibility of having 7 or fewer wins. Likewise, all could do rather well. We won't know until it happens.

If you think that is true, then I have proof that you are wrong: Boise State. They played those teams year in and year out and are nationally respected.

Also, I suppose that YOU could have done a better job putting together a full independent schedule in only a few months? (considering that schedules are usually made a couple years in advance)

BYU will do fine, whether you like it or not.

SLC BYU Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

@ CourgarBlue & Willairy: While many at BYU wanted a slot in the Pac-10, most knew they would NEVER get into that league due to being a religious school. Tom Holmoe more than anyone knew the possibility of a Utah only invitation to the Pac-10 when he took over in the spring of 2005, and still further that the Big-12 could be wounded in the bloodbath of league movement this past year. Utah fans need to get over it and more than anything it was 2 decades of mediocrity (70s/80s) against BYU that finally propelled their administration to do something about it. BYU blew their best chance to move into a BCS league when the Big-12 was formed back in 1993, but then again even more than a few Texas legislators and a Baylor alumnus governor at the time, the senior leadership of the LDS Church wouldnt let then BYU president Rex E. Lee deal with the Big-8 and Texas presidents that invited them feeling Utah would be hurt by such a deal the way league structures were beginning to evolve.

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

If what SLC BYU Fan is saying is true, then that shoots down the Hedgehog, Chris, and others always ragging on everything BYU. If BYU was trying to look out for Utah's interests, then Utah turned redcoat on BYU shen they bolted the MWC for the Pac 10. Maybe you naysayers all owe BYU and its fan a big apology.

hymn to the silent
Holladay, UT

The fact that UofU got invited to the pac (with their big media payout) and BYU has media success before even playing a game speaks volumes to how these two teams were undervalued in the mwc. The fact that Thompson couldn't leverage National Assets TCU, BYU, UofU his proof that is business acumen is on par with the conference he is now left with. In the end, everybody got what they deserved.

Veracity
Morgan, UT

Just when you think the MWC could not pull another studpid stunt, they renew Thompsons contract...now I've seen everything.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I can't imagine it was a unanimous vote. There have got to be a couple of teams in the MWC that know there are better opportunities than the MWC.

After a year or two of media obscurity, Boise State, Nevada, Fresco State and Hawaii are going to wish they were back in the WAC.

It wouldn't surprise me if Air Force and Hawaii explore being Independent. In reality a $5 or $6 million dollar penalty is a small price to pay if a team has the opportunity for something better.

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