Barnes and Benson react to BYU independence

The following are my updates on Twitter during the Karl Benson and Scott Barnes press conferences Wednesday upon reaction of BYU’s football independence and West Coast Conference announcements. The updates are in reverse chronological order. To see them for yourself, visit

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or follow me @efrandsen.To listen to the press conferences yourself,

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for the Benson teleconference, and

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for the Barnes teleconference.# Barnes: USU still gets money from BYU games. USU opted out of BYU/WAC scheduling agreement because of USU’s existing deal # Barnes: USU to MWC not dead. Not active, but not dead # Barnes: we knew where BYU was heading. My hope was that we could work it out and grow together in the WAC # Barnes: Have to prove that we are a viable FBS school # Barnes: we have not lost any of our assets relative to recruiting # Barnes: expansion focus on FBS schools right now. FCS later # Barnes: plan is predicated on national landscape. So is timetable # Scott Barnes press conference right now. # Benson: BYU’s choice not to play a football game in Moscow. # Benson: BYU will have home games at all WAC teams, except Idaho. Idaho gets a home-and-home bball series instead. # Benson: WAC is in preliminary discussions with BYU to help with their sports not sponsored by the WCC # Benson: FSU and UNR early exit would cause financial harm to other WAC institutions # Benson: WAC continued talks with BYU after Fresno and Nevada departures. Mostly about football scheduling, though # Benson: BYU signed document last night that spells out specifics of scheduling agreements (where games played, when). BYU will reveal it # Benson: confident current WAC membership maintains # Benson: despite BYU not joining WAC in other sports, resolution still enforceable # Benson: no new additions until 2012-2013 season. Committee studying teams for next 6 months # Benson: membership committee evaluating criteria for WAC expansion # BYU deal with WAC helps them not lose any ground with ESPN contract

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