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Idaho has its eyes on the Mountain West, too

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Already on life support following the defections of Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii, the WAC’s tenuous status was further threatened by news earlier this week that San Jose State has an interest in bolting the conference for the Mountain West.

Now comes word that yet another school may be looking to ditch the WAC for the MWC.

Given the uncertainty swirling around their current league, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear tells the Spokane Spokesman-Review, by way of the Idaho Statesman, that nothing is off the table for the school’s conference future.

“We are exploring all avenues and this includes the Mountain West,” Spear told the paper.

If as believed the MWC is looking to expand from what will be 10 teams in 2012 to 12 football schools, Idaho would likely be far down on the conference’s to-do list.  Still, it’s yet another sign that the WAC is on the thinnest of ice, at least when it comes to football, and it’s slowly edging closer to when, not if, the plug is pulled.

Even the WAC’s commissioner realizes that his conference is currently at the mercy of the rival MWC.

“Unfortunately, we’re kind of held at bay until the Mountain West makes their decision,” Karl Benson told the San Antonio News Express.  “Obviously there are WAC schools that might be on the list. It’s something we have to recognize as a possibility. We are certainly hoping there isn’t any further deletion.”

Unfortunately for the future of his conference, any hope Benson holds may be a false one.

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5 Responses to “Idaho has its eyes on the Mountain West, too”
  1. mrcowpatty says: Jan 21, 2011 2:04 PM

    Idaho, that flushing sound you here is your football program going down the toilet.

  2. edgy says: Jan 21, 2011 2:14 PM

    I think we can expect LA Tech to look back East and then they’re going to have to look at I-AA for replacements and barring that, head off into independence for the rest and a death to the WAC.

  3. frug says: Jan 21, 2011 3:52 PM

    Well adding Idaho would mean the MWC would have every DI-A public flagship that is not already part of an AQ conference which could help them politically if they try and push for AQ status (of course the likely of that happening after the loss Utah, BYU and TCU is basically zero anyways).

  4. grant2004 says: Jan 21, 2011 10:34 PM

    Obviously Mrcowpatty went to BSU or not to college at all since he doesn’t know the difference between “here” and “hear”. GO VANDALS!!

  5. mrcowpatty says: Jan 22, 2011 3:25 PM

    grant,
    Thank you for correcting me. I will try harder the next time. By the way, where the hell is the University of I’m a Ho?

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