Whether this was supposed to be released or not today (Jim Les let the cat out of the bag), the news has come out that the Mountain West Conference and The Valley have worked out a MWC/MVC challenge. Full details have yet to be released, but this is what we know so far:
They are starting a series of games beginning in 2009-10. Commissioners of both mid-major leagues announced the four-year agreement on Tuesday. It quickly met with approval from Valley coaches.
The PJ Star reported–MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin said the agreement calls for each school to have two home games and two road games over the four years, with the exception of one Valley school that would have to sit out each season. That’s caused because the MVC has 10 members and the Mountain West nine
The Salt Lake Tribune reported–The agreement calls for five of the nine annual games to be played on one league’s home courts one season, and on the other league’s home courts the following season…..The Mountain West has been working on such a deal for about the last six months, hoping to help its teams improve their home schedules.
The Bluejays are already playing New Mexico this season at home and at their place next season, but it sounds like this deal will start in 2009-10 so I could see that the Jays may not take part in this agreement until 2010-11.
Commissioner Elgin will be on with Matt Perrault on Big Sports 590 today around 4:30 to discuss the particulars of the deal. Sounds like TV is involved as well.
This is another great step to improve schedules for teams from both conferences. Hopefully this will be the start of transitioning away from the Bracketbusters that has lost its impact and doesn’t really solve now what it was intended to solve. The teams in the Mountain West are solid teams including usually consistent NCAA tourney team BYU, resurgant UNLV, consistent Air Force and rising San Diego St. I’m excited for this one to happen and it is a baby step for increasing the visibility of the Valley.