Fresno State, Nevada accept Mountain West Conference invitations

By Tim K. -

Mountain West ConferenceAfter news came that BYU was planning to become an independent in football and join the WAC for all other sports, the Mountain West made a move by inviting WAC members Fresno State and Nevada to join in 2011.

The Fresno State Bulldogs will have to pay a $5 million buyout to the WAC for leaving, under the terms reached after Boise State planned to leave. Nevada never signed the agreement, leaving the Wolf Pack free to leave without a penalty.

With Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State leaving the WAC to join the Mountain West, the WAC is now down to six teams. Under NCAA rules, leagues must contain eight teams.

Comments (2)

I think that Fresno State should stay in the WAC but Nevada should go to Mountain West.

I think it is good that FSU go to the Mountain West. They already play a brutal non-conference schedule for years and have a national audience as a spoiler of BCS teams. Not to mention they have a large following and their TV-market is a lot bigger than Nevada. In addition, FSU was a member for the 16 team WAC conference and they have a natural rivalry with San Diego State. Nevada at the time was still a Division 1AA school.