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Published: Monday, Feb. 13 2012 6:00 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

The new Mountain West Conference USA makes the old 16-team WAC look like a lean and mean, well-oiled machine.

RIP the MTN.

Mountain View, CA

Suck it. This conference is garbage. I am pretty annoyed since I am from Utah but an Air Force Academy grad. Looking forward to Air Force versus anyone is lame. It really has destroyed my enjoyment of college football. BYU and Utah are partly at fault. While I do understand the financial reasons for leaving the MWC, i wished everyone would have stuck to strip the Big East of their automatic qualifications. Couldn't wait.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

BYU's move to Independence just went from questionable to brilliant!!!

I'm sooooooo glad the Cougars aren't going to be a part of this train wreck.

Gilbert, AZ

Craig Thompson is probably home laughing hysterically at the trainwreck he will soon be leaving behind.

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

From North Carloina to Hawaii........Wow

BYU looks brilliant for making the move to independence.

I think the Big East will be looking like this pretty soon. They're from Connecticut to San Diego already... and it seems more teams are going to be bouncing soon (Louisville, Rutgers, Cincy). So they're (Big East) going to be trying to find schools like Nevada, UNLV, Western Michigan, just to fill spots...

I'm glad BYU said no to the Big East.

Oh, please!
Saint George, UT

Thanks for the suggested monikers for the new conference. LOL!

AK Cougar
Palmer, AK

If this new conference can shed the sorry contract with the Mtn network then it might be worth it.

Glad the Cougars are independent. Time will tell if they stay that way or have positioned themselves to join a stronger conference.

Go Cougars

Honor Code
Denver, Colorado

While I'm a MWC fan this move has me a little perplexed!! Does it really help strengthen both conferences??? Yet I chuckle at some of the nonsense coming from the Sugar Coated BYU fans. Wasn't it just 2 months ago you barely escaped a Bowl Win playing a tough school like Tulsa?

In some ways I see this Conference getting stronger. The MWC will continue to play each other as will C USA. I chuckle to see many of you foaming in the mouth about the distance some of these schools will be traveling, yet I hear nothing about Boise State or SDSU joining the Big East and having to go all over creation. Ohhhh and that BYU Independent thing.......wasn't the BIG EAST on your radar just weeks ago??? Funny that some of these posters shoot themselves in the foot, and yes even Dick Harmon!!

Iowa City, IA

Why does Thompson still have a job? Wasn't it obvious he had no idea what he was doing with the new tv contract of the MWC where he begged fans to write and beg for covereage?

Memo to Thompson, sharing the wealth doesn't work unless EVERYONE adds to the pot. It' lame to take from the rich and give to the poor when the poor want the same amount of bread without the same amount of work.

Pretty simple.

Springville, UT

A little overboard with list of names.....

The whole NCAA is a mess.

Des Moines, IA

Those names are hilarious! I laughed hard at all of them!

hymn to the silent
Holladay, UT

Don't be surprised to see BYU join this new conference...and bring a few ESPN games with them.


Another writer first reported last month about the possibility of the leagues dissolving and forming their own league.

"Both leagues have suffered significant losses. BYU went independent last season, while TCU is leaving for the Big 12 and Boise State and San Diego State are leaving for the Big East, with Boise State possibly joining the Big East this summer. C-USA also lost Houston, UCF, SMU and Memphis to the Big East, starting in 2013."

No mention of......Nope. LOL

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@Foxtrot - Not true, Utah took the bait first and BYU had no choise to move on because rivalry GONE poof.

Funny, I thought Karl Bensen was bad from the old 16 WAC and now Craig Thompson was worse! LOL!!!

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

It would be interesting to know how much or how little of the Salt Lake TV market and The Mtn. advertising dollars could be attributed to U. of Utah. My guess is not enough to notice or affect the revenues of The Mtn.

Correction ms. honor code, but the Bid East was not on BYU's radar; BYU was on the Big East's radar.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

What a joke! I find it particularly interesting that the only "official" quoted in this article, as well as in the MWC's official press release, is the president of the football powerhouse of this conference-- UNLV. Very impressive...not. Although his fingers are all over this rediculous move, I find it interesting that Thompson's name or comments are nowhere to be found. This move only cements Thompson as the sorriest commissioner of any conference in the nation. My word, if only the conference ever had a visionary leader as a commissioner.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

RE: Foxtrot "While I do understand the financial reasons for leaving the MWC, i wished everyone would have stuck to strip the Big East of their automatic qualifications." I agree with you, and and hoped for the same. But when you have a bumbling commissioner with no vision, other than "masterminding" the most rediculous TV network/contract, there's no way a conference can retain good, solid schools. A lot of woulda, coulda, shoulda w/ the ol' MWC. If it wasn't already, this merger more than makes the MWC the laughing stock of the nation.


It's just the WAC all over again. That's all it really is.

Provo, UT

Sargent Thompson's lonely heart-club band has a new gig!! The silver lining may be the opportunity that this move will create to retire the Sargent. If not, look for additional defections (e.g. Airforce etc...).

Nikon Guy
Henderson, NV

Why are trying to poke fun at this newly formed league? I feel as though you are fanning the flames with your suggestions for a new conference name. I'm not a fan of it either. In fact it will probaly drag down the RPI of the MWC schools. You can first blame the BCS, second the PAC-12, third the Big East and then finally the Big 12 but but what other choices do these schools have? I might not even be that bad as far as a basketball conference. The MWC side will be strong in basketball. CUSA will bring in 3 solid schools. I wouldn't poke fun of this league as far as basketball since your beloved BYU is in the 11th best league compared to the 5th best MWC. I will agree football will be kind of a joke...

Utah and BYU are partly to blame for this "junk conference". If it weren't for Utah, the mass exodus would have never happened. If eveyone would have stuck together and just waited out the situtaion the MWC might have become something grand.

I understand money is a huge factor in this but considering that BYU is a faith based school it does not make BYU look good. According to the AFA AD they turned down the Big East invite becuase they didn't want to be seen as chasing money. They also wanted to maintain regional rivalries with Wyoming and CSU. This is coming from a secular school. I didn't hear anything about not chasing money or losing rivalries when BYU left. BYU was just looking out for BYU and cared about no other school.

I'm not trying to fan the flames but didn't BYU almost join a coast to coast league? I wouldn't poke fun of this new league beause BYU almost became part of the Big East. If independece was so great why did BYU contemplate joining the Big East? Seems to me BYU woiuld rather be part of a conference rather than independent.

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