June 9, 2010 |
The Pacific 10 Conference is about to get bigger — probably much bigger — in the wake of what was reported Wednesday as Nebraska's soon-to-be-announced move to the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska's leaving the Big 12 Conference set off a chain reaction that is likely to result in Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Colorado heading west in what would be the largest league in major college sports. Pac-10 Conference officials declined to be interviewed about the deal because of the sensitive nature of negotiations, but a source with knowledge of the plan said, "It's locked and loaded."
December 31, 2010 |
Ed Wesley knew about the tradition ? and it frightened him a bit. Coach Gary Patterson and his staff built Texas Christian into a Mountain West Conference power and perennial bowl participant by identifying athletes and plugging them into their system, often at positions they had never played. The 5-foot-9 Wesley had been a standout running back at MacArthur High in Irving, Texas. He hoped to remain one after he signed with TCU in 2008. "I was so scared," Wesley, grinning broadly, said Thursday.
June 17, 2010 |
The questions now facing Pacific 10 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott will be more along the lines of "what's next?" instead of "who's next?" The University of Utah on Thursday officially accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10, giving the conference 12 teams and prompting Scott to declare "we're done" when asked about further expansion. A name change, a decision on internal alignment and the pursuit of a television network would be the next steps. The name change would occur "relatively soon," Scott said.
October 18, 2009 |
at No. 12 Texas Christian 44, Colorado State 6 -- Jeremy Kerley tiptoed the sideline, then came to a near stop before finding an open lane to the end zone for his second punt return for a touchdown in three games to lead the Horned Frogs (6-0, 2-0) over the Rams (3-4, 0-3) in a Mountain West Conference game. Kerley's electrifying 69-yard return just before halftime made it 17-6, and came less than 2 1/2 minutes after TCU had finally taken the lead on Joseph Turner's two-yard touchdown run. No. 18 Brigham Young 38, at San Diego State 28 -- Max Hall threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead the Cougars (6-1, 3-0)
February 9, 2010 |
The Mountain West Conference is the baby of Division I basketball, only in existence for a little more than a decade. But it's growing up fast. This week, for the first time, the conference has three teams in the top 25 of the Associated Press media poll -- No. 15 New Mexico, No. 17 Brigham Young and No. 23 Nevada Las Vegas. Those same teams are tied for first in the Mountain West standings, each with a record of 7-2 in conference play. "The exposure for the league is great," UNLV Coach Lon Kruger said Monday during a teleconference.
January 2, 2011 |
Many thought tiny Texas Christian would be brought to its knees, and they were right. In the wondrous moments that lighted up the Pasadena darkness late Saturday afternoon, several Horned Frogs staggered behind their bench, dropped to the ground and wept. "This was our national championship," said running back Waymon James. "This was enough. " Many thought outsider TCU would lose its composure, and they were right. Through the Arroyo Seco chill they danced, preschoolers in shoulder pads, running in circles, heaving their helmets, sticking out their tongues to catch the purple confetti as if it were an unexpected winter snow.
October 25, 2009 |
Stevenson Sylvester stuffed Connor Dietz on a fourth-down quarterback keeper to preserve No. 19 Utah's 23-16 overtime victory over visiting Air Force on Saturday. Dietz rolled on the ground in misery as the Utah players flooded the field from the sideline to celebrate the Utes' fourth straight win as they improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Air Force fell to 4-5, 3-3. In other Mountain West games: Ryan Lindley threw a career-best six touchdown passes and DeMarco Sampson hauled in 15 catches for 257 yards, helping San Diego State (3-4, 1-2)
September 17, 1999 |
Luke Staley threw himself a nice birthday party and the Brigham Young defense showed it should be taken as seriously as the Cougars' prolific passing offense. Staley had three touchdowns on his 19th birthday and Brigham Young's defense was dominant through three quarters before sending in the substitutes as the No. 25 Cougars beat No. 23 Colorado State, 34-13, Thursday night.
February 20, 2005 |
The winning streak goes on and the conference title belongs to Utah. Pretty soon it will be NCAA tournament time, and the Utes look like a team that could do some damage there too. Andrew Bogut scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half Saturday to lead No. 14 Utah to its 18th consecutive victory, a 65-56 win over Air Force that clinched the Mountain West Conference championship.