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Hawaii, WAC strike a deal to play BYU

By Ferd Lewis


The University of Hawaii and the Western Athletic Conference are expected to announce a scheduling alliance with Brigham Young University in football today.

WAC commissioner Karl Benson has a media conference call scheduled for today from Honolulu to make the announcement.

BYU announced yesterday it will leave the Mountain West Conference to go independent in football and put 12 of its other teams in the West Coast Conference in 2011-12 instead of joining the WAC.

But to fill out its football schedule BYU is expected announce an alliance with the WAC that will provide it with four to six opponents each season.

UH is expected to become an almost annual opponent through 2020 on a home-and-home basis. Before the departure of Fresno State and Nevada to the MWC on Aug. 18, plans were in the works for UH to play BYU in 2011, replacing Boise State, as well as additional games through 2016.

UH athletic director Jim Donovan and BYU's Tom Holmoe had previously scheduled games for 2012 (in Provo) and '13 (Aloha Stadium).

BYU, once viewed in the islands as UH's fiercest rival in several sports, has not played the Warriors since 2002. They have met 27 times since 1930.

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