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Football Joins Mountain West, Other Teams Join Big West

Posted on | December 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Football Joins Mountain West, Other Teams Join Big West

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Dennis Farrell, Jim Donovan, Howard Karr, Virginia Hinshaw and M.R.C. Greenwood

The university’s Mānoa sports teams have joined the Big West Conference and the Mountain West Conference beginning with the 2012–13 season. The Warrior football team will become the 10th member of the MWC. UH’s other sports programs, with the exception of sailing, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s volleyball, will join the BWC.

“We are delighted that the Mountain West Conference and the Big West Conference have formally invited our teams to be a part of their exciting and innovative conferences,” says Greenwood.

“The people of Hawaiʻi deserve a first-rate athletics program,” says Greenwood. “We have been overjoyed by the positive reaction our wonderful citizens have had to this possibility. Now that the invitations are official, we are even more delighted. We believe joining the Mountain West Conference will bring much joy to our football fans as well as contribute to the successful future that, by working together, we all seek to enhance at the University of Hawaiʻi.”

“The Mountain West Conference is very pleased to gain the University of Hawaiʻi as a football-only member beginning with the 2012 season,” says MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson. “Hawaiʻi’s outstanding football program and television value fit perfectly with the MWC’s strategic initiatives for the future direction of the conference. We look forward to adding the Warriors to the MWC family.”

Michael Drake, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine and chair of the Big West Board of Directors made the announcement. “We are excited and pleased with the addition of Hawaiʻi to the Big West Conference. In assessing Hawaiʻi, the Board carefully considered and was impressed by both its legacy of athletic success and its commitment to academic excellence.”

“This is a historic day in UH Athletics,” says UH Athletics Director Jim Donovan. “As much as we have enjoyed our 31-year relationship with the Western Athletic Conference, this hybrid arrangement will allow us to continue traditional rivalries that our fans have grown to enjoy, and keep a footprint in the Western United States, where much of our recruiting base lies.”

Read the news release.