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Mountain West asks for automatic Bowl Championship Series berth

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 01:06 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2011

The Mountain West Conference announced no action on expansion but will petition to the Bowl Championship Series for automatic qualification, officials announced.

The MWC's Board of Directors, including Hawaii president M.R.C. Greenwood, concluded two days of meetings today in Las Vegas.

The MWC was expected to discuss possible expansion in the wake of the announced departures of Boise State and San Diego State to the Big East in 2013.

Hawaii joins the MWC in 2012 along with Fresno State and Nevada and, with the loss of Boise State and San Diego State, the conference projects to have eight football-playing members for 2013.

The directors unanimously approved the immediate submission of a request for an exemption from the BCS for its champion to receive automatic qualification for the BCS bowls games following the 2012 and 2013 football seasons. The Mountain West said it "met the threshold to request an exemption by virtue of its performance during the recently completed four-year (2008-2011) evaluation period."

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OldDiver wrote:
The OIA/ILH will be petitioning next.
on December 12,2011 | 10:55AM
rgy888 wrote:
Great comment! Made my day!
on December 12,2011 | 11:15AM
NITRO08 wrote:
The petition was for the years BYU, TCU, UTAH, & BOISE STATE was in the conference. READ!
on December 12,2011 | 03:08PM
scott wrote:
no, you read - it says "following the 2012 and 2013 football seasons"
on December 12,2011 | 04:12PM
Descartes22 wrote:
get real...without boise state or tcu, the mountain west has no shot at an automatic BCS bowl. 8 teams and second class citizen football only status paying the $150,000 per game travel costs to our former WAC conference members Fresno and Nevada and programs like wyoming adds up to another bonehead move by the athletic dept and UH administration. and..... no more ESPN tie in with the Mountain West. can't wait for the committee to select a football coach. no doubt the decision will lack foresight and be five steps behind the curve.
on December 12,2011 | 11:05AM
NITRO08 wrote:
The petition was for the years BYU, TCU, UTAH, & BOISE STATE was in the conference. READ
on December 12,2011 | 03:08PM
aiea7 wrote:
But the teams that were part of the MWC during that period are no longer part of the conference. The conference will be almost totally new in a couple of years. All the power houses have left the conference. I don't think the BCS people are that stupid.
on December 12,2011 | 11:06AM
nomakeshame wrote:
I think the MWC is using the same logic that the Big East is using to retain its AQ status. Most people can agree that the Big East was the weakest of the BCS conferences and would be the first to lose its AQ status. By having West Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh jump ship, along with possibly UConn. The Big East saw the writing on the wall and went after the schools that would most likely keep the Big East AQ status intact, how else would you explain Boise State and Houston? I mean Houston, which for awhile was going to be the next non-AQ BCS buster. The MWC is just doing the same, using the past records of teams to get it what it wants. The 4 year period for AQ ended this year and the MWC/WAC teams of those years, TCU, Boise State and Utah(?) managed to stay ranked above Big East teams, as well as qualify for BCS games unlike the Big East, which was an AQ team regardless of record.
on December 12,2011 | 01:13PM
inverse wrote:
It just EMBARASSING and pathetic for Hawaii's Greenwood to attempt to petition for this automatic BCS bow berth when UH and the rest of the incoming MWC are currently playing like the stuff you find on your car windshield. When UH fields a solid team both on and off the field, and is reflected in their won-loss record THEN start asking for BCS consideration. Right now UH football is one big joke, and NOT the funny kind of joke, so don't make it worse by making this stupid request, that will obviously be rejected by the BCS selection committee. UH pres Greenwood and athletic administrators need to focus ONLY on one thing and that is hire a new UH that will take UH out of the dumps. When you think about it, except for death and taxes, nothing is permanent, however if they hire one more joker like MacMuffin to be the next head coach at UH, that will set probably set back UH probably another 4-6 years on where they need to be; and that is to field a solid and consistent program like Boise State. STOP hyping UH players for Heisman or thinking the next or following season UH will be BCS bowl bound. UH cannot even make it to their OWN bowl game unless they schedule greater than 50% of their games against Damien, Kalani, Pac Five, etc. The bottom line kicker is that each year, UH fields a cr appy team like this season, UH athletics will go deeper and deeper into the red. UH students can only afford so much each semester to help bail out the failing UH athletic program.
on December 12,2011 | 11:45AM
NITRO08 wrote:
She's not pititioning the CONFERECE IS, she attended to meeting only. READ!
on December 12,2011 | 03:10PM
BigWave96744 wrote:
"The MWC's Board of Directors, including Hawaii president M.R.C. Greenwood, concluded two days of meetings today in Las Vegas." I bet the University of Hawaii student govt Pres will file a complaint saying he wasn't invited to the meeting in Vegas. Students want to see what other options there are for UH (PAC12, BIG EAST, SEC, NFL). He also was not given a say on who won the Heisman and finally he wants say on when the world will come to an end....
on December 12,2011 | 11:48AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Hello any body home! What are you talking about PAC 12, SEC, ETC. get real.
on December 12,2011 | 03:12PM
inverse wrote:
PS: To start NO MORE long term guaranteed contract for the next incoming coach. If the new coach or his agent does not like this arrangment then let him WALK. Don't want to sound discriminatory but get some YOUNG, fresh blood with energy, vision and incredible "street smarts" both on and off the field to turn the UH program around. No more talk about C Lee, Lumpkin, or other MacMakin insiders like Miano, etc. Some other poster mentioned a young coach in California who coaches a Div 1AA(?) national team. Buy a ticket to Hawaii for this guy and talk story in PRIVATE with Donovan, Greenwood, but NO Macmuffin or other current UH coaches. Another thing, I don't want to sound prejudiced but the next head coach should not be overweight. Not a nice thing to say but the coach has to set an example for his players and if you are obese, he not have the physical and mental stamina for the 24 hour/day 365/day yr head coaching job. The unofficial job critieria for the next UH head coach should be no opu allowed.
on December 12,2011 | 11:58AM
NITRO08 wrote:
on December 12,2011 | 03:14PM
omd111 wrote:
You sound the child. Read all your posts. Poor grammar and poor arguments. Grow up!
on December 12,2011 | 08:26PM
omd111 wrote:
You sound like the child. READ all your posts. Poor grammar and poor arguments. Grow up!
on December 12,2011 | 08:28PM
EyeKea wrote:
UH is twice burned. They are jumping from one sinking ship to another. Without Boise State, TCU, and BYU, the MW is no better than the WAC before Fresno State and Nevada jumped. It turns out they got burned for turning their backs to the WAC. The MW is now looking like the WAC with the exception of Air Force, Wyoming, and Colorado State. Are these teams better than Utah State, Idaho State and New Mexico State? Maybe. Desparation of both conferences to survive may call for a merger, maybe even include Conference USA. There is potential for a two division super conference going east and west. this may be the only hope for these 3 second tier conferences to crack the BCS. Just a thought.
on December 12,2011 | 12:01PM
katoosh808 wrote:
Is this a joke?
on December 12,2011 | 12:08PM
scott wrote:
the other posters are right. no utah, byu, tcu, boise...the new look MW is exactly like the WAC of last year...comedians... and like inverse wrote, no one from the current uh staff should be hired. they failed. what makes anyone think that miano could turn it around when he was a part of the problem. if he was such a great recruiter then why are we so devoid of talent? plus his secondary was burned constantly year in and year out.
on December 12,2011 | 12:29PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Although the new MWC is not what UH originally bought into... staying in what will be left of the WAC would have been the worst case scenario. With the likes of Sacramento St, U of Denver, U of Seattle, Louisiana-Monroe as new members... the WAC will eventually become a non-football conference. And UH would be forced to go independent or drop football altogether.
on December 12,2011 | 03:58PM
Changalang wrote:
The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl could be offered as a sacrificial lamb out of convenience.
on December 12,2011 | 06:07PM
omd111 wrote:
LOL. The Hawaii Bowl should be renamed the Farce Bowl.
on December 12,2011 | 08:27PM
entrkn wrote:
If the big east can have one, the Mountain West sure ought to have one...
on December 12,2011 | 07:49PM
Loki wrote:
on December 12,2011 | 09:27PM
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