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What took the MWC so long to add Boise St?
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RE: What took the MWC so long to add Boise St?
(11-20-2020 08:34 AM)esayem Wrote:  
(11-20-2020 12:43 AM)UTEPDallas Wrote:  
(11-19-2020 02:51 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(11-19-2020 02:25 PM)UTEPDallas Wrote:  Academics. That’s why.

Once it was imminent Utah was leaving, Boise got the invitation.

Whatever the reason, it was a big mistake.

I used to be a regular on the MWC board back then and I remember thread after thread about Boise State. The main objection was academics which we all know was not a factor when the MWC knew Utah to the Pac-10 was imminent. The same excuse was used against Fresno State. Hawaii was not heavily discussed except for their 2007 BCS run in which MWC fans made fun of their soft schedule and the loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. They were not a serious candidate due to their geographic location. I don’t really remember Nevada being discussed (same applies to San Jose State), Utah State was seen as redundant in a state dominated by BYU and Utah....and UTEP was rarely discussed except for Mike Price’s first three seasons and for getting out of the WAC. By 2009-10, Houston was seen as a more logical choice for expansion than Boise State. I don’t know if the MWC made inquiries about membership to Houston and viceversa.

Utah and BYU were against expansion. They were the decision makers in the MWC. They wanted TCU and they got it. Another thing is before the realignment madness of 2010, the MWC believed they were about to meet the criteria to become the 7th BCS AQ conference. Boise State conveniently was added to replace Utah’s BCS numbers and surprisingly academics was not an issue anymore.

Hawaii was the most vocal about joining the WAC from the day the MWC started. The MWC did contact Hawaii in 2004, I read it last night. As we know, the MWC opted for the cautious and methodical expansion approach. Something they probably should have done some six years later as well.

Hawaii, Fresno State and UTEP were very vocal about joining the MWC from day one. In the case of UTEP, once they realized the MWC had no intention of inviting WAC teams (when they invited then C-USA member TCU) that’s when the administration started lobbying C-USA to replace TCU. Louisiana Tech was the front runner to replace TCU until UTEP started lobbying hard to get in. Idaho replaced UTEP in the WAC.

Out of the three left behinds, Fresno fans and media were the most vocal about their displeasure in being in the new WAC. Hawaii and UTEP fans were about equal but I think UTEP gets the edge in basketball. We lost our biggest basketball rival, New Mexico although a new rivalry with Nevada started developing.
11-20-2020 11:47 AM
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