Summarized by Eric Bunker
Viewpoint: Two sides to MWC move
(BYU) Daily Universe 2Jun99 L3
By Dave Hersam: NewsNet Sports Editor
While the acronym MWC doesn't roll off the tongue like WAC did, most BYU
coaches, athletes, fans and administrators are thrilled to leave the
oversized "super-WAC" and get into the eight-team Mountain West Conference
that officially starts on July 1. The new MWC is really just the old WAC
minus Hawaii, Fresno State and UTEP, plus the addition of UNLV.
But as with most changes, not every sports program is benefited by it. The
low revenue sports are the one most negatively impacted. Those programs
have some legitimate concerns for their futures.
The men's gymnastics and wrestling programs have already been told they will
be cut after next season. Willard Hirschi, the BYU men's head track and
field is also a bit worried about the move because of the diminished level
of competition and its weakening effect on recruiting. The same is true of
However, among the bright spots of the change are the financial benefits
that will come with the heightened competition in high-profile sports, which
will, in turn, benefit all BYU athletics. The Athletic Department feels
that struggling low revenue programs will adapt in time and it will be
better for them in the long run.