Reaction from a crazy day that saw Brigham Young on the verge of becoming an independent in football and Fresno State and Nevada announcing that they would be leaving the Western Athletic Conference in order to join the Mountain West. The situation remains fluid. Follow The Wiz on Twitter to get the latest developments.
Jeff Call, Deseret News: As of late Wednesday, BYU was still a member of the Mountain West. "We are aware of the many media reports and questions circulating about BYU's conference alignment," associate athletic director Duff Tittle said in a statement. "As director of athletics Tom Holmoe explained recently, BYU has been reviewing, and will continue to explore, every option to advance its athletic program. At this point, BYU has no further comment."
Dan Rasmussen, Deseret News: BYU fans are supportive of the Cougars' move to independence. "I think it's a great idea," said Ron Allen, 65, of Salt Lake City. "It'll allow us to play some top teams in the nation." He was one of many fans to use two words: "Notre" and "Dame."
Greg Wrubell, KSL: Standing alone would be nothing new at BYU.
Brad Rock, Deseret News: BYU's future was crystal clear for about six hours. Then Fresno State and Nevada decided they didn't like the plan.
KITV: Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan said the school will look into becoming an independent in football if the WAC should crumble. Link to video.
Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada did not sign the WAC's $5 million buyout clause that would have made it prohibitive to consider a move to the Mountain West, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation have told the newspaper.
Jim Rayburn, Deseret News: Being an independent in football presents many challenges. Just ask Notre Dame, Army and Navy.