Thats great best of luck
From a BYU fan, congrats. Utah State deserved better than the leftover WAC they
were stuck with. The MWC is not what it used to be, but will be a nice home for
the Aggies. This will help their program a lot.
I wonder if USU will splash the MWC logo all around Logan and on everything they
sell a la my Utes. I love the Utes, but it's time to get over the Pac 12
logo on everything.I love that USU is making this move and am
excited to welcome old foes and rivals back into the state. Cowboy Joe, New
Mexico, and AFA were sorely missed last year.
Good for USU, it's about time!With the WAC's sad state
what will this mean for BYU's ability to schedule late season games? Will
MWC beat up BYU for leaving and restrict its teams from playing BYU? Or at
least make scheduling late season games vs BYU very very difficult?
When USU got into the WAC, I felt like they finally had a solid position in the
Athletics world. I now have the same type of feelings. Hopefully this will be
the boost they need to get their football program, and all other sports on solid
ground for a long time.
The MWC is today what the WAC was 10 years ago. This should not be spun as a
step up, but a move from a dying mid-major conference to a stable mid-major
conference and that USU is luckier than Idaho. But they could very well be on
the same sinking lifeboat as the Vandals.
Great news for the Aggies and Football in Utah. I am excited to see aggies be
competitive in a good football conference.
This makes perfect sense. They should have done it when they were first invited
a couple of years ago.
Great news for USU. The Aggies could not have continued their progression in
the sinking WAC. USU will be a major competitor in the MWC in both football and
basketball next year.Go Big Blue!!!
Somehow I'm not so sure USU should get all that excited. I wouldn't
bet a wooden nickel that the MWC will survive either, and USU probably had a
better TV deal with the WAC than they will get with the MWC. But, in theory,
it's a step up. USU is in a tough spot, they have a very small TV market,
they are out of the way, they are in a cold climate, and they will likely never
be able to compete in recruiting with the teams they compete against.
Congrats Aggies! Well deserved and best of luck!
The wandering in the wilderness for 50 years is over, congratulations to Utah
State for many years of great athletic success.
Congrats to our brothers in Logan...great move! And good timing on that
too...you'll find life in the MWC much more palatable now that Boise St.
and BYU are out of it.
The best part of being a part of the MWC is that Air Force gets to visit Logan.
They always bring cool jets (with a flyover), the falcon, the cadets march on
your campus. The worst part about it is that you have to go to Laramie.I honestly hope the MWC can elevate itself as a conference. The fans need to
show up more than in the past including last year. That small stadium should be
packed week in and week out with Aggie fans. I just bought my tickets for the
Utah game in Logan. Very few tickets left for that game.
The article said the Aggies are joining the MWC only in football. It didn't
say where USU's non-football sports will go. Anyone know?
This is obviously a good move for USU, as they get out of the dying WAC, and
into a more stable conference. Sadly, it's mostly the conference they left
(at least before conference realignment started), but this is a major, major
step up in basketball. That is, UNM and UNLV bring nothing to football, but a
whole lot to basketball, something that should be very good for the Aggies.
Sure, the Spectrum is tough, but I can't wait for USU fans to see what the
Thomas & Mack and the Pit are like.
Just my opinion, but I think USU is better than this conference. Coach Anderson
has a great thing going there. Best of luck, Aggies!
Good move, Mountain West Conference! Great news for the Aggies (And best wishes
from a Ute fan!) I felt it an honor to play Air Force in anything! And now a
renewal of traditional opponents! And a major step up for the basketball
program. National attention to games with SDSU, New Mexico, and UNLV.
@Stenar. The Aggies are full members in all sports except gymnastic. Hawaii is
the football only school.Congrats to the Aggies and Coach Andersen. It
will be exciting to see what this does for recruiting. Knowing what conference
you're playing in should make an impact right away.
This is the best possible move for Utah State. It's only too bad they
didn't agree to do this two years ago when the opportunity was presented to
them, since it would have assured BYU staying in the league as well as the the
old Skyline alignment of Wyoming, Colorado State and New Mexico. It would also
keep BYU in its place as an undergraduate "Teaching" university as
opposed to being out flirting with research universities like Texas, Kansas,
Iowa State and Oklahoma in the Big 12. Better yet turn Provo into Rexburg!
Any way you look at it, this is good for the Aggies and for Utah. It's a
long time coming and sadly they have had to play second fiddle for too long to
Utah and BYU. Once the great football power in Utah, hopefully this will enable
them to improve recruiting and once again take their place with the great
programs in the state.
@dumprakeI could not disagree with you more. The MWC is a great
move for Utah State and they will compete VERY well with the teams in the
conference. You say they have a small TV market and a cold climate. As opposed
to Laramie, Wyoming and Ft. Collins, Colorado? In fact, if you haven't
ever visited USU campus, it is a fantastic place to go to school. As further
evidence of their ability to recruit, USU, just this week, had 3 players drafted
into the NFL. That's more than any team in the MWC or the WAC or BYU or
Utah. This is the foothold USU needs to get a seriously competitive program
I am happy being in the Mountain West, as long as they don't treat Utah
State like the red headed step child. They treated Boise State poorly, telling
them what they could and couldn't do and I hope the Aggies aren't
treated the same.
USU and UNLV will renew their B-Ball rivalry. Can't wait. Go Aggies.
@ Johnny TriumphThis article is about USU, not BYU and those who
don't like the Cougars. So deal with it.Congratulations,
Aggies. In today's collegiate football landscape you've definitely
made a wise decision. Best of luck in the new conference.
It seems like college athletics (thanks to the BCS) is unfortunately becoming
the haves and the have nots...and being from the state that was the dead last to
establish Classes in high school sports, I generally find it sad.But, beyond the BCS conferences are some awesome teams and conferences, A10,
MEAC, MWest, Southland...good, competitive teams and conferences! I for one am
very happy for USU....it's a much more competitive conference in all sports
than the WAC.Conferences are good! Harlem Globetrotters, WWF and
BYU football are for entertainment value.Goods job Aggies...beat the
tar out of New Mexico in basketball and everyone in football and move that
had to smile at slc sports fan rant about BYU. His idea of what BYU
"is" misses reality by a longshot. Not sure how USU joining the MWC
conference two years ago would have kept BYU "in its place". As I
remember, BYU was trying to keep the WAC together so they could have a place for
their non-football sports. BYU was long from the MWC and its 1.5 mil tv payout.
Last season their tv revenue was at least 10 times that. Perhaps the previous
writer needs to take a field trip to Provo.
@alternateslc sports "fan" is a BYU hater/utah "fan"
who goes by a couple of different minkers. He used to go by #1 BYU SLC fan or
something like that. He posts as if he has inside info with the church
leadership and their intentions for BYU. He constantly beats the drum of
dropping the athletic program at BYU and tries to claim that is what a segment
of the 12 Apostles want to do. I generally ignore him but occasionally he is
worth mocking.I'm fairly sure he also goes by several other
screen names and personalities. As I said either ignore him or mock him.
Ignoring him is easy but mocking him is fun!
Good job aggies. Sorry Vandals.
Congrats USU!I don't see what would be the big deal about
adding NMSU and Idaho so a championship game could be played now. If Boise
State and SDSU want to cancel the Big East deal, then it would be 14 teams, it
would still be good. It's not like Wyoming, CSU, and New Mexico are big
markets--it just makes geographical sense.BYU might want to rejoin
in a few years if the Big 12 doesn't come calling soon. They could take
UTEP and make a 16-team conference. These conference alignments are going to
make it tougher for BYU to pull off an independent schedule out west, so joining
a conference may become a necessity. Either that, or they will have a heavy
dose of MAC, Sun Belt, and some C-USA teams to fill up the schedule--which is
perfectly fine if they want to go that way. In the words of Sheryl Crow,
"If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad." Oh
well, Idaho can rejoin the Big Sky and NMSU could probably get a Sun Belt
invite. Good luck Aggies! Go get'em.
alternate:"BYU was long from the MWC and its 1.5 mil tv payout.
Last season their tv revenue was at least 10 times that."Nope.
More like nearly 5 times that. You cougar fans keep forgetting your ESPN
contract only pays for the games they broadcast in Provo. And, according to
cougar-homer/beat writer Jay Drew of the SLTrib, their contract pays between
$800K and $1.2M....again, per HOME game. Idaho St. was not aired by ESPN so
they payed you $0. Utah and TCU [neutral] would have most likely grossed you
$1.2M ea, and UCF and USU could have conceivably netted you $1M. None of the
other Home games were worth more than $800K, and your bush-league bowl payed
only $600K. All together, I estimate you grossed just under $7.5M, which is
still nearly $6M more than what you would have collected in the MWC.Still, it wasn't the 10-times as you fantasized.
I am very happy that the MWC gave Utah State a mulligan, and re-issued a
conference invitation. Personally, I thought the moment Utah gave the MWC
notice, they should have invited you, Fresno St, Houston, and SMU. While TCU
would have inevitably left to the Big 12 [in which case adding either Nevada,
Hawai'i, or Southern Mississippi would have been apropos], I'm not
sure the Big East would have been successful at poaching BSU, SDSU, Houston, and
SMU with that confederation of teams, and the MWC would have been much
stronger.Oh well. It didn't happen that way, so it's
really neither here nor there at this point. I think you'll make a great
fit for the MWC. Congratulations Aggies!
I am thrilled for USU, a great school, super respectful fans, with a football
team on the rise. As an ardent Utah fan, I'm actually worried about playing
Utah State. Although, Utah's recent recruiting has been stellar, USU can
play some great football and are extremely well coached. I am also grateful that
Utah is contracted fairly in the upcoming years with Utah State, unlike arrogant
BYU, who negotiated 2 for 1 deals with USU. That appalls me to no end. In fact,
USU is a better program than BYU currently. Hopefully Utah State will tell BYU
"goodbye" sooner than later, like the U will be doing so shortly.
CONGRATS USU! We Utes love our team up north, unless you are playing us!
0@ Ut-Hawaii AlumWow, are those "Crimson colored-glass" are
really thick that you're wearing. Utah dropped USU long before BYU did, so
playing them again is because they think USU is a cupcake team. Utah insisted
on a 2 - 1 deal with BYU after the Utes entered the PAC 12, so the Ute fans are
hypocrites if they blast anyone else as being "arrogant" for suggesting
such a schedule. In case you haven't noticed, USU's stadium is SMALL
and BYU's is BIG and USU always schedules large playes to play, like
Nebraska, because they need a large amount of money when they share gate
receipts. Unlike BYU's stadium and ESPN deal, and Utah's PAC 12 TV
deal, USU has no such source of income. So USU is happy to play BYU because the
fans attend and enjoy that game. Sound to good to be true to a Ute fan?
Considering before Lavell came the old rivalry was Utah-USU how do you explain
switching rivals, other than you couldn't stand losing to BYU? Now you can
switch again to Colorado---they certainly have your number, apparently; enjoy
losing to them.
@ Ut-Hawaii AlumWith respect to youer point about USU having
"respectful fans, I suppose you weren't in attendance the year BYU
defeated USU in Logan by a score of 34 - 17 (or thereabouts) and at the start of
the 4th quarter the USU studentbody started chanting "Over-Rated;
over-rated" ay BYU. The funny part about that cheer is that at the time,
BYU was creaming tha Aggies 34 - 0 after 3 quarters. So either USU fans wer
being disrespectful or clueless or both. Onkly after BYU called off the dogs
anf gave up a couple of cheap scores did it even look like a game; until that
time it resembled more of a interesting scrimmage. Don't ever
let the facts get in the way of your opinion, however, as the Utes will need
your type of support as they slog their way to mediocrity year-after-year in the
mighty PAC 10.2, just like Arizona and Arizona State have experienced. Good luck to you.
Goooooo Utah State!
toosmartforyouI think the fan's were being both disrespectful
and clueless. I've wittnessed it first hand.
Utah State fans are awesome. The Aggies will be a great addition to the MWC.
Looking forward to MWC championship banners hanging in the Spectrum. Go Big
@ toosmartforyouHow about BYU fans throwing a little girly fit by
throwing trash all over the court because they didn't like the refs? Sure
go back 4 years ago to when USU was not very good at anything... Also, get YOUR facts straight... BYUs starters were in the whole game. The
dogs were never "called off"... BYUs linemen struggled all game
containing Diondre Borel... The Utes were relatively competitive in
their side of the conference last year...
Go Big BlueYou just keep thinking that. The truth is the aggie
fan's are totally disrespectful to everyone that comes into Logan.
maybe BYU can now join the Big SKY?
BYU can still kick USU's butt.
Stang, Stang, Stang, tisk... haven't you paid attention that past couple
years? USU is back, prior to 1990 USU never trailed the overall series, and now
USU is back to form from being dismantled due to prior conference affiliations..