Thursday, January 14, 2010

2010 WAC Men's Basketball Schedule

Catch the following WAC Men's Basketball games on either ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU

Thursday, Jan. 14 Fresno State @ Louisiana Tech 8p.m. CT on ERT
Thursday, Jan. 21 Utah State @ Fresno State 7p.m. PT on ERT
Monday, Jan. 25 Boise State @ Idaho 8p.m. PT on ESPNU
Saturday, Jan. 30 Hawai‘i @ Nevada 7p.m. PT on ESPNU
Wednesday, Feb. 3 Idaho @ Utah State 9p.m. MT on ESPN2
Thursday, Feb. 4 San Jose State @ Louisiana Tech 8p.m. CT on ERT
Saturday, Feb. 6 Nevada @ Utah State 8p.m. MT on ESPNU
Monday, Feb. 8 Louisiana Tech @ New Mexico State 7p.m. MT on ERT
Wednesday, Feb. 10 Nevada @ Idaho 8p.m. PT on ESPN2
Wednesday, Feb. 17 Louisiana Tech @ Utah State 9p.m. MT on ESPN2
Wednesday, Feb. 24 Idaho @ New Mexico State 9p.m. MT on ESPN2
Saturday, Feb. 27 Fresno State @ San Jose State 7p.m. PT on ESNPU
Thursday, March 4 San Jose State @ Idaho 7p.m. PT on ERT
Thursday, March 11 WAC Tournament Quarterfinal Noon PT on ESPNU
Thursday, March 11 WAC Tournament Quarterfinal 2:30p.m. PT on ESPNU
Friday, March 12 WAC Tournament Semifinal 9p.m. PT on ESPN2
Saturday, March 13 WAC Championship game 7p.m. PT on ESPN2

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2010 WAC Play Up Tour Set

The dates for the 2009-2010 women’s basketball Play Up Tour have been set. WAC giveaway items will be distributed prior to the game.  While at the game fans will have a chance to register for a WAC Prize Pack as well as enter a drawing for a  WAC Basketball Tournament package that includes two tickets to the tournament, airfare and hotel accommodations.  The grand prize drawing will occur following the final Play Up Tour date (Feb. 27).  The winner will be contacted by the conference office and a release will go up on

The following are the dates and opponents of each of the 2009-10 Play Up Tour stops.
School                                Date                             Opponent
Nevada                           Dec. 2, 2009                Sacramento State
Fresno State                  Jan. 23, 2010              Louisiana Tech
San Jose State               Jan. 23, 2010              Idaho
Utah State                      Jan. 23, 2010              New Mexico State
Louisiana Tech              Jan. 30, 2010              Idaho
New Mexico State        Feb. 6, 2010                 Boise State
Hawai‘i                           Feb. 20, 2010              Louisiana Tech
Idaho                              Feb. 24, 2010              San Jose State
Boise State                     Feb. 27, 2010              Fresno State

Thursday, August 6, 2009

WAC Commercials

The Western Athletic Conference is unveiling two commercials later today.

The first commercial focuses on the Conference as a whole. The commercial includes images from our diverse geographic locations, recent athletic success including Fresno State's College World Series victory and the final images of the Boise State / Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl game. Other images featured focus on the commitment each university has to both athletics and academics through recent facility (Idaho and Louisiana Tech) and campus renovations (Nevada) and enhancements.

The second commercial focus on the importance of sportsmanship and the traits we instill in our student-athletes and expect from our coaches and fans. The sportsmanship commercials feature student-athletes from all nine institutions. We traveled to Logan, Utah back in June to shoot the commercial. The SAAC student-athletes were meeting at that time and it was the perfect opportunity to film a representative from each institution while in one location. As you can see the SAAC student-athletes did a superb job in the commercial! SAAC stands for Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Representatives from each campus have a monthly conference call to discuss ways to get involved in the community and issues they face as student-athletes. SAAC members are elected on campus by their peers and we have various sports represented on the board and in the, swimming, basketball, golf, gymnastics and soccer and more.....

The Conference wide and Sportsmanship commercials will air on the WAC website, pre-game at WAC athletic events and during nationally televised games.

Monday, July 20, 2009

WAC compliance administrators enjoy some downtime at the Boise Hawks game with Humphrey the Hawk during their recent in-person summer meeting in Boise, ID. (photo left)

Representatives from all nine institutions were present for the meetings which took place July 15/16. The compliance officers reviewed existing policies, best practices and new and upcoming legislation.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Summer Update and New Projects!

I can't believe we are half way through the summer! It seems like the spring sports just concluded.

In the office things have been moving right along as we prepare for the upcoming fall season. That's right we are only 48 days out from the first football game....can you believe it?! Utah State will travel to Salt Lake City to take on Utah at 7pm MST and ESPN will televise the Oregon / Boise State game at 8:15pm MST on Thursday, September 3.

We have had a lot of projects in the hopper over the summer which are close to being complete. We have been working with row27 to create our sportsmanship and conference wide commercials. The sportsmanship commercial features student-athletes from each of our nine institutions and the conference wide commercial will focus on both academic and athletics. The commercial will feature photos and footage from each of our nine institutions. The commercials will air during WAC football games, on, the WAC twitter and facebook pages as well as our blog.

We are also working with JumpTV, our website provider to redesign I think you are going to like the new features and look of the site. We are pleased with the drafts and are looking forward to the launch date which is still keep checking!

We are also in the process of filling the Associate Commissioner position....Darlene Bailey who previously held the position was named the Director of Athletics and Physical Education Department Chair of William Jewell College on May 20. We are so excited for Darlene!

We are currently looking at possible student-athlete gifts, championship merchandise, awards and closing the books on the 2008-2009 budget. Finally, we are in the process of finalizing our fall sport media guides! They will be available for download during the first week in August.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

WAC Commercials

It’s that time of year again, when conference offices’ and athletic departments across the country begin to film commercials for sportsmanship and football season and single game tickets. At the WAC we will film our sportsmanship commercial on Friday. We are working with a fantastic company, row27 on this commercial and two others (conference wide and basketball tournament).

Currently we are gathering footage for our conference wide commercial and I would like to know what you, the WAC fans think we should highlight in the commercial….we would like for the commercial to highlight our academic and athletic accomplishments from the past season. What type of shots, information do you think we should include / highlight in the commercial? Is there a particular commercial you have seen on the airwaves that really impressed you? Just post your recommendations and comments here on the WAC blog!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

NAPA Auto Parts WAC Baseball Tournament - Game Two - NM State / Fresno State

NM State wins game two of the NAPA Auto Parts WAC Baseball Tournament They will face the winner of the LA Tech/Hawai`i game tomorrow @ 7pm

NM State hits a three-run homer in the top of the 9th inning to reclaim the lead over Fresno State.

Heading into the top of the inning Fresno State takes the field. We are all tied up...Fresno State has four runs on ten hits and have committed one error. NM State has four runs on seven hits and no errors.

NM State takes the lead....4-3 with a single

We are tied up in the top of the eighth inning. NM State is up to bat with one out and have a runner at third

After a few innings of running promotions we are back for the final two innings of the game! Fresno State has three runs on five hits with no errors while NM State has two runs on eight hits and have committed one error.

With two outs and two runners on base Fresno State has an opportunity to increase the lead....but they can't we head into the top of the second Fresno State leads 2-1.

More trash talking fills the time....Paka and Paul (from a local radio station)
are arguing about basketball...

Fresno State takes the lead off of a Dusty Robinson two-run homer.

New Mexico State is off to a good start scoring a run off two hits in the top of the first.

The press box is alive with chatter over the Nuggets / Lakers game. Eddie Morelos, SID for NM State, who is currently sitting next to me is a HUGE Lakers fan while our SID host Pakalani Bello is a Nuggest/ Birdman fan...there is a lot of entertaining trash talking taking place.....

Fresno State takes the field first. Interesting fact about Les Murakami Stadium...they play on a turf surface...Nevada also plays on a turf surface.

Game two of the NAPA Auto Parts WAC Baseball Tournament is underway at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, HI. The weather is gorgeous....sunny and 80!