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BYU Could Find Independence in WCC

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Craig Thompson is often ridiculed for his hairstyle, his television network, his position in the college football hierarchy and anything else that disdaining fans can think of.

If Thompson’s pre-emptive attack on the Western Athletic Conference succeeds in keeping BYU from leaving the Mountain West, the MWC commissioner’s power ranking suddenly will skyrocket.

Nobody, obviously, could have done anything to keep Utah from joining the Pac-10 in June. Yet if Thompson and the Mountain West presidents succeeded in short-circuiting BYU’s grand scheme by landing Nevada and Fresno State — while severely damaging the WAC and its membership, especially Utah State — it would be the crowning moment of...

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