Utah State quotes regarding Boise State joining the Mountain West Conference

<strong>Athletics Director Scott Barnes…</strong>

“With Boise State University accepting an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference beginning in 2011, I will continue to be in constant contact with WAC commissioner Karl Benson, other commissioners and colleagues around the county to monitor movement as BCS conferences execute their expansion plans. Although this is an uncertain time, I’m hopeful in our ability to create opportunities out of this perceived setback.”

<strong>Head Football Coach Gary Andersen…</strong>

“Having been involved in both conferences, I have tremendous respect for the WAC and the Mountain West. The WAC is a conference that has great notoriety throughout the country. I believe this will remain the case with or without Boise State. Clearly Boise State sees this move as a great opportunity and the Mountain West is gaining a quality university. I look forward to what the future has in store for the WAC.”

<strong>Head Men’s Basketball Coach Stew Morrill…</strong>

“Boise State has been a valuable member of the Western Athletic Conference. I have been in many conference’s that Boise State has been a part of having seen them in the Big Sky Conference, Big West Conference, the WAC and now the Mountain West Conference. Certainly they’ve been a valuable part of our league and we wish them well. But I firmly believe our league will be just fine without Boise State. The WAC has great tradition and we will forge forward. With all the craziness happening with conference realignment what we have to do is remain solid and know we have a good, strong conference.”

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