Brad Rock: The WAC can get knocked down, but it gets back up

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  • Striker
    July 28, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    Shawn, don't you love how Aggs complain about the color blue? It's like they think they own that color. You're right though, Nebraska and Oklahoma have similar colors, as well as Texas and Oklahoma State. There are only so many colors to choose from people, so sometimes they will overlap, and often there are different shades of colors. It's just a a color people, get over it.
    That being said, the WAC has a great contract with ESPN, which is puzzling why they'd do that for a low profile conference, but still it's great exposure to the conference.

  • PJ
    July 27, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    Re: Imanaggie
    I agree, its too bad the USU football program is underfunded but I would rather our program suffer and fade into oblivion(again). In fact, I would rather not even have a football program at USU than take dirty money from this LDS "church"

  • Igualmente
    July 27, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    Doh! I meant come up from the FCS level to the FBS level.

  • Igualmente
    July 27, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    At least we get to see WAC games on ESPN! No one ever gets to see the MWC outside of your time zone.

    I think the WAC needs to let UTEP and La Tech trade conferences, and get the Miners back in the WAC.

    The only other financial hardship on the WAC is Hawaii. Hawaii should go independent, and the WAC should bring in one of the Big Sky teams who want to come up to FCS level, but whom?

  • Shawnm750
    July 27, 2010 3:23 p.m.


    Uh, have you followed your own team? They've been trying to get into the MWC for years! BSU is at the top of the WAC and they're leaving because they know that if they are ever going to get consistent respect and notoriety, they have to compete with tougher teams in a tougher conference. It's the same reason that the Utes are moving on to the PAC. I think Coach Andersen will help them emerge as a leader in the WAC.

    Secondly, USU blue, and BYU are 2 different colors (don't demean yourself or your team like that!) Though, most U fans don't see them as being that different. Furthermore, there are plenty of teams in conferences throughout all of college football that have a similar color scheme as another team in their conference. Look at the U and SDSU, they're pretty much the same.

  • panamadesnews
    July 27, 2010 1:23 p.m.


    The contraction for you are is you're, not your. Oh, maybe you ought to read your first posting above and look in the mirror. You might be surprised what you see. Your screen name is very fitting, as you are a real pain in the but_!

  • Aggie84
    July 27, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    I don't think the Aggies would jump at the opportunity to go MWC. Why would they? They now have a chance to rule the football and basketball programs in the WAC. Besides, the Y would have to give up the AGGIE BLUE if they did. Couldn't have two true blues in one conference.

  • hedgehog
    July 27, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    Live hard,

    As a typical tds you seem to have expert knowledge on all things relating to Utah. Your jealous obsession has kept you up at night forecasting the Ute demise in the PAC instead of coming to terms with BYU not being a top 25 program/ not winning 10 games/ not going to the Vegas bowl — in 2010

    Conversely, rational & objective experts on such matters all predict Utah will compete for the PAC Championship in 2011. ( i.e Phil Stelle, Rivals ect..)

    Again, turn your angry toward the thing that’s causing you pain - BYU

  • Shawnm750
    July 27, 2010 11:09 a.m.


    The church doesn't own Utah State, it owns BYU. Why would it give money to the competition?

    Of all the teams in the WAC, I think that USU has the best chance to become the next powerhouse with BSU leaving. USU is finally investing some serious money into their football program, after focusing for so many years on their basketball program. Plus, Gary Andersen is a great coach, and he's got what it takes to take the team to new heights. But don't think for a second that if USU got the invitation, they wouldn't leave the WAC for the MWC...

  • Ernest T. Bass
    July 27, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    The new WAC contract with ESPN will pay each school about $50 per year.

  • hedgehog
    July 27, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    Live Hard,

    Funny how your more interested in disrespecting Utah than commenting on the article at hand. Can you at least save your burning Utah jealousy for a forum that actually addresses such a topic?

    The best way to overcome personal setbacks is to attempt to learn from your mistakes and improve oneself. By throwing a toddler tantrum and blaming anything and everything except BYU for your miserable existence is only keep you from moving forward.

  • imanaggie
    July 27, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    Benson is a reactive commissioner that appears to be completely void of any type of vision to make the conference better. As an Aggie fan I am very fearful of what the future holds from a conference perspective as the dominoes continue to fall. Here's hoping the Aggies can get their football team competitive enough that they can land on their feet when all of the conference reshuffling continues. It's too bad the church won't contribute some tithing money to support the program like they do for BYU.

  • LV Aggie
    July 27, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    I'm glad the games are played so fans can become prophets or heretics on each and every Saturday afternoon, (and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights).
    GO Aggies

  • JustintimeY
    July 27, 2010 8:29 a.m.

    After this year BSU will have three trips to a BCS bowl and TCU will have two. I doubt that the MWC is losing the class of the conference as What Up stated. We are giving up a good team to get a better team. BSU has a chance to be the first non BCS team to win a National Championship in the BCS area. If they lose to VT they still may be the first non BCS team to lose a game and make a BCS bowl. After this year they will have three trips to a BCS and TCU will have two.

  • IDC
    July 27, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    Losing BSU is a huge hit for the WAC. They are losing a team that has won 2 BCS games, is ranked as high as #2 in the polls, is playing 2 ranked teams followed by a WAC schedule. BSU has something going that no non-qualifier has ever had - a legitimate shot at a spot in the BCS title game. Longshot yes, but they have a shot.

    BSU has dominated the MWC with only TCU giving them competition.

  • What's up?
    July 27, 2010 6:16 a.m.

    The bottom line is that with all the conference changes, the MWC takes the bigger hit. I is losing the long time class team of that conference. The WAC is losing a team that has had it's best years while it has been in the conference and is very likely to fall back to the middle of the pack in future years. Very few teams can stay on top very long.

  • AZJazzFan
    July 27, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    Benson caused the downfall of the WAC when he allowed expansion to 16 teams. It was obvious it was not going to work, and it did not, fortunately. When it's top team like Boise St leaves he can only blame himself. If another university separates itself from the league the MWC will take that one too.