Mountain West commish: Sugar Bowl never called him; BCS AQ status could be going away

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said Wednesday that he expects that the new Bowl Championship Series format will do away with automatic qualifying (AQ) conferences.

"The commissioners that I've spoken to, I think there's strong sentiment that there may not be automatic qualifiers," Thompson said Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Thompson said he would not be opposed to doing away with AQ conferences. The Mountain West has long been trying to become an AQ conference, one whose champion is guaranteed a spot in one of five BCS bowl games regardless of record or ranking.

Earlier this month, the Mountain West requested a BCS exemption for the next two seasons. The league reached performance requirements to request the exemption.

"I would rather eliminate automatic qualifiers across the board over us getting automatic qualifier status for the next two years," Thompson said.

Though some have speculated that the bowl games would simply contract with power conferences like the SEC, Big 12 and Big 10, Thompson said the Mountain West is willing to take its product to the marketplace.

"We have played in four BCS games in 13 years. And they say you have access you haven't had before. Well, yeah. We're very grateful for those four times in 13 years we've played in BCS bowls. But there probably has been three or four times we probably should have played in BCS bowls and we didn't," Thompson said.

"I think our people are willing to take the risk and say you know what, let's go in the marketplace with this bunch. ... What are you really giving up?"

• Thompson said he was disappointed that no officials from the Sugar Bowl contacted him about inviting Boise State to the game. Thompson spent 12 years in the city as commissioner of the Sun Belt. Sugar Bowl Executive Director Paul Hoolahan has said the Mountain West did not contact them.

"I know everybody on that committee," Thompson said. "My phone rings in as well."

Thompson said the Sugar Bowl missed an opportunity by inviting Michigan and Virginia Tech over the Broncos.

"Michigan was their No. 1. Done. I went to several of the Virgina Tech Sugar Bowls in the '80s and '90s when I lived there. That's who they wanted. That's their prerogative," he said. "They can choose whoever they want. They have a missed opportunity because Boise State would travel 20,000 people to New Orleans and have one heck of a party."

• The Mountain West announced a two-year affiliation with the Hawaii Bowl beginning in 2012. It will be the fifth bowl tie-in for the league. Four of the bowls are played in Mountain West stadiums — at San Diego State (Poinsettia Bowl), UNLV (MAACO Bowl Las Vegas), New Mexico (New Mexico Bowl) and now Hawaii (Hawaii Bowl). The league's other bowl tie-in is with the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

• Thompson said there was little the Mountain West could do to persuade Boise State to stay in the league and not leave for the Big East in football.

"The toughest thing these days about a conference is you've always had to balance between individual institutions and the conference. The conference affiliation is absolutely secondary to what I'm going to do for my institution, and it's challenging," Thompson said.

• Thompson said the Mountain West and Conference USA continue their discussions about a potential merger. He said the Mountain West has two options: repopulate its league with two or three teams after the defections of Boise State and San Diego State or go larger and do something that will stabilize the league with 16 or 18 teams.

"I just want to get to stability. This is all I do. This is all I’ve done," Thompson said.

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Well Its about time the AQ ststus went

away....

Now BYU can become #1 again....

No mention of Ajayi on the Statesman????

Seems like the Statesman just glossed over Coach Pete saying "he doesn't deserve to make the trip".......

"Jay Ajayi, a highly-touted running back recruit from Texas who is expected to contend for the starting job next season at Boise State, plead guilty to misdemeanor theft and given five days in jail."

http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2011/12/21/boise-state-freshman-gets-five-days-in-jail-for-trying-to-steal-sweatpants-from-walmart/

Stone ...

... The Big Lead took that from (drum roll) the Idaho Statesman.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/12/21/1924620/notebook.html

-- murph

I read that

in my paper edition of the Staesman this morning. What's your point?...Sunny...

His point

is that he's slow. He just wanted to show it off.

Thompson didn't try...

"I know everybody on that committee," Thompson said. "My phone rings in as well."

Is it just me or does this sound like someone who didn't even try knowing BSU was already Big East bound. Or someone who feels he is above picking up the phone and trying to do a little lobbying on behalf of one of his conference institutions???

I give Karl Benson of the WAC a lot of kudos for trying to do anything possible to help his member institutions. How many different times did he get Boise State into a better bowl matchup, Liberty Bowl, Forth Worth Bowl, etc. And he was there to push for the Fiesta Bowl both times, disappointing to deal with Thompson and the MWC.

Craig James for............in 2012

Craig James for toilet cleaner in 2012 and beyond.

Well Said

WONDER IF CRAIG "THE CHEATER" JAMES WILL DIVULGE HOW MUCH HE WAS PAID TO PLAY PRO BALL AT SMU...LET'S HEAR HIS "BODY OF WORK" EXPLANATION TO THE STATE OF TEXAS...IF HE EVER RETURNS TO BRONCO STADIUM AGAIN I HOPE SECURITY KEEPS HIM FROM ENTERING AND HIS "BLUE RUG" CRONY CHRIS FOWLER TOO..BLUE "RUG" MY DERRIERE...IF EITHER ONE WALKS ON THE "BLUE" WE'LL HAVE TO REPLACE IT TO GET THEIR BIGOTED DISLIKE FOR THE BOISE STATE BRONCOS OUT OF IT. NOTHING CAN GET THAT KIND OF PREJUDICE DISLIKE FOR OUR BRONCOS OUT OF THE BLUE BUT BANNING THEM FROM COMING TO BRONCO STADIUM EVER AGAIN...I THINK TEXAS WILL READ THROUGH HIS PHONY THINKING. ONE THING WE CAN SAY HE WILL BE WELL TRAINED FOR TAKING A BRIBE ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU NEED TO BECOME A POLITICIAN IN WASHINGTON...MAY THE POLITICO GODS CRAP ON HIS CAMPAIGN...IT MAKES ME PUKE KNOWING HE IS RUNNING AS A REPUBLICAN

Thompson

Why should he go out of his way for a program that wanted in the league, then quits 1/2 of a year later.

BSU got what they deserved from the league office.

robert of eagle

Just in case you missed it. We wanted to get into the MWC because with our joining there was a very good chance of them getting AQ status. Unfortunately all of the top teams left just as we came in. There was NO chance of the MWC getting AQ status so we needed to move on to a conference that was best for us. With the MWC no better than the WAC and with far worse TV coverage we did not have much of a choice but to move on (plus we were the only NCAA team to ever be told what they could not wear).

Do not put the blame on BSU for leaving, if the MWC would have tried earlier and harder to keep the teams they had and worked for a better TV deal none of the teams would have left. And the MWC would have been looking at AQ status.

What will it really change?

Whatever... Yeah it's nice that they are doing away with AQ status but this crap comes about 5 years too late. Some times I think the teams like BSU and other very good teams that are not deemed part of the good ole boy network, are like Charlie Brown when Lucy holds the football for him to kick. They get promises that this time the ball won't be yanked away if they move up to "Tougher" conferences and play "tougher" teams only to have the ball again yanked out from them when they attempt to kick it. Why the fark doesn't/didnt the BCS announce that AQ status is going away before all this conference realignment? It is and will always be nothing more than a badly biased popularity contest that rewards only those deemed a part of the clique. It will never change as long as the BCS and its "Let's Make a Deal" crooks are still involved in any of the bowl games.

TCU Who?

The BCS got it right....

Maybe I'll send donation to BCS committe instaed of Stadium Expansion for 2012?.....

Too many talkers on these Boards, BroncoCountry, and others....

Playoffs needed....

TCU Who?

The Who didn't merge with Texas Christian?

They have more than initials you know.

(Oh gee NO, I didn't, how can I ever thank you enough?)

Sorry, anti-SARC weapon

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FO....

We Wont Get Fooled Again !!!!

No, No, No.......

No reason to play the BCS or Bowl mentality....why watch, unless its your alma matre playing....

It really is the 'Who Cares' Bowl again this year....Last year ratings were low for most of the 35 Bowls, and they will be again this year too....

Sing along!

Go Away BCS!

Go Away BCS!

With bowl games near me like this

You're much too hard to resist!

So Go Away BCS!

Before I sue you to play...

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FO - actually it ends with 'Before I ask you to stay'

It would have been interesting if BSU had beaten TCU and possibly played in a BCS Bowl Game. What then would have been the position of Bsu toward the BCS.

Let us carry that logic one step further and assume that the Bsu Broncos actually got into the BCS Natty Game. Would Coach Kustra and President Petersen still have been calling for an end of the BCS (Petersen was all for the BCS until the TCU loss - Kustra on the other hand - bless his little heart - was against the BCS and has advocated actual playoffs to determine a Natty winner, for everal years now) (what caused Coach Pete's change of attitude - the TCU loss of course - now the BCS just isn't fair anymore)?

And what if the Broncos had won the Natty. Why, I bet the majority of Bronco Nation would be saying the BCS is totally fair and eventually rewards those teams with perseverance and a penchant for hard work and playing with 'chips' on their shoulders.

I have read 'Death To The BCS' and am a firm believer the BCS should go the way of the Passenger Pigeon and DohDoh Bird. But, many Broncos are 'opportunists' and not realists one minute the BCS is not fair (Nevada loss) - then playoffs would not bring in enough money (Invite to Big East and dreams of millions more in money) - then the BCS is not fair again - TCU loss - up and down - just like clockwork).

The reality is the BCS is not going away or going to change or evolve significantly, due to the Mega Bucks involved for all the member schools (even Bsu has now caught Gold Fever and Big East Greed and is chasing the Proverbial Buck Fantasy rather than playing the game of football for the enjoyment of the students, student athletes, and loyal supporting fans) (which by the way, is just hunky dory with me as I envision Bsu as a football colege as opposed to a significant academic university - Bsu can make all the money it wants to for all I care - just as long as they eventually bring home a Natty Trophy)).

If Bsu had beaten TCU and continued to be Darlings of the BCS Busters - would BSU have asked the BCS to stay? Would Bsu still be endorsing the concept of 'Death to the BCS - or would BSU be a secret lover of the BCS who wants to hold hands when nobody is looking?

The difference a missed field goal and 1-3 points can make such a profound difference in the long run (Nevada '10 and TCU '11) and the Mega Millions of Dollars of Lost Revenue, due to a bad kick or two.

Go 2012 Broncos.

VNDL
BAA Member #63799

But it's not a league, it's a championship series.

Hence my original words are correct.

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FO - I thought you were referring to any divorce lawyer's

favorite song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVcEOONDnSk

Merry Christmas to you and youse,

VNDL

VNDL....That is a

good post....

The BCS is good when good; and bad, when bad....

It is in view of the 'eyes' of the beholder....

The Big East move will be a very interesting one for Boise State Football....

Now that they have the AQ?

does razor always post this kind of stuff?

Ω DBeav
Submitted by razor on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 8:09pm.
You're old and not the least bit interesting.
Go back to Corvallis and sit in your own shít.

Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/01/04/ccripe/state_board_approves_raise_boise_state_football_coach_chris_pete?page=1#storylink=cpy

I really could really care about that today, tomorrow

Don't forget to ------ though

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