Category: NCAA


For the University of Nevada, the time has come. Good bye WAC, hello MWC. Nevada accepted an invitation August 19, 2010. Now, this school year, the Wolf Pack will join Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming. Hawai’i is also a football-only member of the Mountain West, while San Jose State and Utah State will be joining next year.

Is this a good move? Undeniably, yes. The WAC was going nowhere and fast. The WAC is nothing without Boise State, Nevada, Fresno state and Hawaii. Once it lost San Jose State and Utah State, well, that put the nail in the coffin. Athletics Director Cary Groth will see the volleyball team and Chris Ault, Cody Fajardo and the football team take the field first. First, the positives. Nevada will get to play Nevada Southern and have it mean something more than bragging rights.

Look at all the great rivalries. Why are they great? Because there’s something on the line. Now, there will be conference implications in addition to just bragging rights. The better both programs get, the more is at stake, the better the rivalry becomes. For one year, at least, Nevada will get a chance to play both UNLV and Boise State in football, a glimpse of what might have been for the Wolf Pack football program.

The negatives? Will the competition really be much better than the WAC? Sure, in basketball there’s no question. SDSU, for this season at least, will provide a stiff test. New Mexico is generally strong, so is UNLV. Once Utah State joins the conference next year, the basketball portion will be fine. It’s football that will be lacking, a shame because that’s pretty much the whole reason Nevada moved. Who is going to be the powerhouse after Boise leaves? Nevada? Fresno? Hawaii? Air Force? Exactly.

All the same, this might not be the home run we all dreamt about when it looked as if Utah, BYU, TCU, Boise State and Nevada could all be in the same conference. But, it’s still better than the alternative. Hello MWC. Time to show the conference that the Strength of the Pack is the Wolf and the Strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that Boise State is indeed leaving for the Big East. Bad news for the MWC and the Wolf Pack. I realize Boise’s fans can be annoying. But losing your greatest rival in college football is never a good thing. Never.

Where does this leave Nevada? Essentially in the WAC 2.0 with a few new teams. This conference isn’t nearly as good as it looked a couple of years ago. No more Utah, BYU, San Diego State, TCU and now Boise State. So, the Wolf Pack gets…Fresno State, UNLV and trading New Mexico State for New Mexico. Oh, and they still have to travel to play Hawaii every other year.

Why focus on just college football? Because if the reason we’re moving is because of football, then we better be making a significant upgrade, which we’re not. Head coach Chris Ault and Nevada has a bright future over the next couple of years with Cody Fajardo under center. Over the past several seasons players like Colin Kaepernick, Rishard Matthews, James-Michael Johnson and Dontay Moch have helped elevate the program. But, it needs to take that next step, much like Utah is trying to do in the Pac-12.

Moving to the MWC was supposed to be a giant leap forward. Instead, it feels like a half a step forward.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s a link to an ESPN article about college athletes smoking weed. I understand the article is about how prevalent it is in the world of college athletics and college in general. I do think the NCAA should be taking a harsher stand on this issue. I know lots of people think it’s harmless. And, to a degree, smoking weed is no more harmful than say, getting drunk. But, regardless, it is illegal. Just because something is overpriced, doesn’t give me the right to steal it. That’s illegal. Just because people think smoking weed is harmless, doesn’t give them a right to (with certain medical exceptions of course).

Look, the fact that Oregon players admit this now is the only shocking part of this story. I’ve been to Eugene. I’ve walked the University of Oregon’s campus. I’ve been to surrounding neighborhoods. Honestly, it played a big role as to why I didn’t end up applying there. One of my most vivid memories in visiting Oregon’s campus is seeing two people on bicycles. Leading was a girl in a dress, smiling, blissfully unaware of her surroundings…or that the guy behind her was smiling too but probably because her dress was flying up giving him a view of you know what.

Now, I don’t claim to say that Nevada is free from this. I know people who smoke weed, I know athletes who smoke weed. But, let’s put it this way. Eugene isn’t Reno. And it isn’t Las Vegas. There’s a definite laid back attitude. People don’t really care. I’m not trying to bag on Oregon. Some of my closest friends attend U of O. And, while pot smoking might be a lot more prevalent there, it’s not exactly so wide spread that if you go to U of O you must smoke pot, kind of a thing. But, the funny part of this story is that it’s just coming out now. Anyone that goes to U of O or is familiar with U of O knows its been going on for years. Now, the question is will anything change because of this?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.