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Published: Saturday, June 9 2012 9:45 p.m. MDT

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Striker
Omaha, NE

"I mean they were leaving and needed a home."

Seriously Barnes? BYU had 140 MWC championships compared to next place around 37 and they needed a home? The WAC had ESPN and wanted a part of that, they did not need a home. When football season is going on, you can watch BYU play in nearly every sports bar and any other place that only shows ESPN in their business. They have a home and can be seen in every city in America thanks to the contract with ESPN.

Enjoy giving up ESPN for the mtn. just to try to get AQ status. Major downgrade buddy.

FYI
Taylorsville, UT

@Striker
"Enjoy giving up ESPN for the mtn."

The MTN ceased broadcasting on June 1st. The MWC has a national cable contract with CBS Sports Network. As membership is changing in 2012 and again in 2013, CBS Sports Network has made deals to sublicense games to NBC Sports Network and to ESPN.

Hobbes
Saint George, UT

@Striker
I think all he's saying is that it was pretty obvious BYU needed to find a conference for the rest of their sports, which is true.

Not sure why you're so offended by that.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

I am glad USU made it into the MWC, but I think Scott Barnes is trying to rewrite history or is in damage control mode. No doubt the MWC wanted Nevada and Fresno State for football, but if USU would have said they were interested, I bet they would received a formal invite to help conference strength in basketball or to keep BYU. I don't get the point Barnes is trying to make. I don't think any conference is going to offer a formal invite when the University expresses that they have no interest.

Barnes should have made the best decision for USU. If he knew that Nevada and Fresno State were offered spots in the MWC, he should have talked with those Universities to see what they were going to do. Even if he felt every school was going to stay put, he should have been wary of BYU coming back to the conference--probably knowing they would be catered to and call the shots. Nevada and Fresno State were smart and saw what that would mean and joined the MWC--Barnes, not so much.

Congrats to USU! Hope the MWC is a good home for you.

3rdGenAggie
Logan, UT

@Striker- Dude, BYU was leaving in football and you can't be in the MWC without football, it's in their bylaws. Therefore they needed a home for everything else and the WAC was the first obvious choice. That's all he's saying, so take it easy, buddy.

UTAG
Ogden, UT

@Wildcat - I'm a Wildcat AND an Aggie. Scott Barnes did the right thing two years ago and again this year. They DIDN'T have an offer in 2010 and they DID honor a legal (and moral) commitment to their WAC contract. Not sure how YOU would have been smarter and successful by breaking a contract and risking a multi-million dollar breach penalty when there was NO guaranty the MWC would extend the invite--which they didn't. Remember, USU is a state school overseen by a Board of Regents and funded by public monies. YOU might be a cowboy (or one of the many "backseat driver" experts who now claim to know what was best without ever having the realtime facts) but I'm not too keen with a state school employee playing John Wayne with taxpayer dollars. In the end it worked out and it was done the right way. Congrats to Scott Barnes and Stan Albrecht.

ouisc
Farmington, UT

Not sure Scott Barnes said anything new. The WAC had an agreement with BYU, an agreement USU honored. Honoring that agreement meant being honest with the MWC and letting the MWC know that USU would not interested in the MWC at that time. Reno and Fresno decided to not honor their agreement.

I think USU struggled a bit the last couple of years because of Reno and Fresno, but I'm glad USU maintained their integrity through the process. Good luck with the new conference and renewing some old friendships! Especially Wyoming!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

In the end USU wound up in a great place for them, and had a couple of years to build themselves up before taking that leap. I don't really care what Barne's has to say about BYU's reasons for what BYU did, he is just speculating like most of the rest of us, but I do admire him and USU for going about it in an honest manner.

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