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Bad decision by BYU? Bad one for the Mountain West regardless

Bad decision by BYU?  Bad one for the Mountain West regardless

by Tom Scott

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Posted on August 18, 2010 at 7:12 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 6:09 PM

With BYU leaving the Mountain West to go independent what should BSU do?


Wednesday, August 18, 2010.
The rumors are running rampant that BYU is leaving the Mountain West and going independent in football—and joining the WAC in all other sports. The effect it would have on the Mountain West is immeasurable. Any remaining hopes the conference had of becoming an automatic-qualifying BCS conference would be dashed, with just Boise State and TCU left as football powers. And it would ensure survival of the WAC. All these thoughts of a Boise State rivalry with BYU and a season-ending football clash with the Cougars would be out the window. The year 2010 never ceases to amaze me.
You can say it would be a bad decision by BYU. An overreaction to Utah’s departure to the Pac-10. A killer for the Cougar basketball program. The loss of conference championships and all-league possibilities in football. A big gamble in BYU’s expectations of its national footprint and ambitious TV network dreams. But the fallout for the Mountain West would be enormous. It would not sit well with TCU, which would start seriously evaluating its options. Maybe it would be good news for Fresno State and Nevada, who may become instant Mountain West expansion candidates.  But maybe the Wolf Pack and the Bulldogs look at a WAC that includes BYU in all sports except football and suddenly aren’t as hungry to move. 
I wasn’t a big fan of the special look unveiled by TCU midseason last year, the same one we saw in the Fiesta Bowl. I hope I like Boise State’s specially-designed Nike duds a little better. The Broncos are one of ten teams (one of the others is Virginia Tech) getting an exclusive Nike alternative look this year. The 10 unis will be unveiled two weeks from today in New York. My favorite Boise State uniforms of all time remain the ones from the early 1970’s, blue jerseys with two orange stripes and two white stripes on the sleeves and white block numerals. I think the Broncos need a Retro Night—the jerseys can be auctioned off afterwards for charity. Why not?
Matt Hayes of the Sporting News reports that Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier will begin a push for NCAA legislation that would, in effect, compel BCS teams to play return games against non-BCS schools. “At the NCAA, we spend lots of time coming up with rules and regulations that level the playing field,” Bleymaier said in SN.  “Yet when we get to nonconference scheduling, we throw it all away by saying the big schools can do whatever they want.  It hurts the integrity of the sport.  There’s nothing fair about that.”  The fairness the big schools will talk about in response is in payouts. They can’t get huge ones when they come to the blue turf. That’s where their argument will start. Now what was that about stadium expansion?
Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times reports that offensive lineman Marcus Henry of Bellevue has become Boise State’s 11th commitment of the 2011 recruiting class. Henry is a 6-3, 275-pound guard who has visited Boise twice this summer, once for the BSU football camp. He told Kelley he gave his verbal to the Bronco staff Monday night. “I’m very honored to have been asked,” Henry said yesterday during an invitational gathering of Washington’s top high school talent at Seattle’s Qwest Field. Henry will try to help lead Bellevue to its eighth state championship in the last 10 years this season.
Former Idaho Vandal great Jerry Kramer has turned into a big-screen consultant. Kramer is helping ESPN Films with the production of “Lombardi,” a movie about Green Bay coaching legend Vince Lombardi planned for showing the weekend before the Super Bowl in 2012. Robert De Niro plays Lombardi in the film, which spans from 1959 through the Packers’ first two Super Bowl seasons, including the “Ice Bowl” against the Dallas Cowboys. Producers are using Kramer’s famed book that chronicled the 1967 season, “Instant Replay,” as reference material.
As long as Brett Favre keeps showing up to play in the NFL, Vinny Perretta will be able to tell his favorite Favre story. If you ask the former Boise State standout about Favre from his time on the Vikings practice squad last season, Perretta will show you his thumb. It looks out of joint—and it kind of clicks as he wiggles it back and forth. Seems like Favre threw Perretta one of his patented missles, and it tore the ligaments in Vinny’s thumb. “But you know what?” says Perretta. “I made the catch.”
Beleaguered Boise State product Daryn Colledge sounds like he’s rising to the occasion in Green Bay as his status as starter at left guard is challenged by rookie Bryan Bulaga. While Colledge was in the game during the Packers’ exhibition opener versus Cleveland last Saturday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t sacked, nor was he even knocked down while going 12-of-13. In practice Monday, Colledge took the majority of first-team snaps. "But I'm not reading anything into that right now,” said Colledge. “I'm going to take the snaps I get and try to improve with the opportunities given to me.” Coach Mike McCarthy says the competition will go on as long as it needs to.
The Boise Hawks would prefer not to head out on their annual Western Idaho Fair road trip on a Debbie Downer, and they have one more chance to avoid that. The Hawks lost their second straight to Everett last night, 7-1, with the five-game series against the AquaSox wrapping up tonight. The Hawks managed only five hits and didn’t avert a shutout until the bottom of the ninth inning. Northwest League batting leader Alvaro Ramirez has suddenly hit the skids, going 0-for-7 in the last two games and watching his average fall to .373. Ramirez still leads Spokane’s Clark Murphy by a whopping 40 points, though.
Former Bishop Kelly standout Josh Osich appears headed back to Oregon State after letting yesterday’s Major League Baseball signing deadline pass. Osich was a seventh round draft pick of the Angels in June but now is free to return to the Beavers, for whom he’ll be a junior next season. Osich didn’t pitch for OSU this year after undergoing elbow surgery in January. He was a two-time Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year for the Knights and was also a two-way starter in football for BK.
This Day In Sports…August 18, 1934:
The late Roberto Clemente is born. Clemente, inducted in 1995 into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall Of Fame in Boise, was a Baseball Hall of Famer who collected exactly 3,000 hits in his major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. While still a marquee big leaguer, Clemente was killed in a plane crash while trying to help deliver supplies to victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake on New Year’s Eve, 1972. Roberto Clemente would have been 76 years old today. Another World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Famer, former Olympic decathlete Rafer Johnson, turns 75 years old today.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He’s also handled color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football the last five seasons.)