Jun 12, 2010 1:08 AM
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Representatives from the United States Air Force Academy have released the following statements in response to the addition of Boise State to the Mountain West Conference.
"We welcome Boise State and think they will make a great addition to the Mountain West Conference."
-- Air Force Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh
"Boise State adds to the desire of the presidents, athletic directors and coaches from the universities of the Mountain West Conference who want the additional dollars and exposure which comes with an automatic BCS bid. Boise State has large and explosive athletes that will fit with the many football players at current MWC universities that will eventually be drafted by the NFL."
-- Air Force Head Football Coach Troy Calhoun
"The Mountain West Conference is an outstanding basketball league and, with the addition of Boise State, has just gotten stronger."
-- Air Force Head Men's Basketball Coach Jeff Reynolds
"This is the culmination of a lot of work, thought and careful assessment by the Mountain West Board of Directors to make the best decision for the conference. We want to ensure that the Mountain West continues to stay as strong as possible and Boise State meets that criteria. Regardless of what happens with conference expansion, our mission at the Air Force Academy comes first -- educating, training and inspiring men and women to become officers of character and leaders for the Air Force and the nation. Along the same line of thinking, Air Force will maintain the scheduling flexibility to play Army and Navy every year. These are time honored games steeped in traditions that will continue. Finally, the Air Force Academy values its traditional rivalries with front range opponents Wyoming, Colorado State and New Mexico and we will work hard to maintain competition with these schools. This is important for two reasons. First, it will help minimize time away from classroom studies for our cadets and all student-athletes. And because we value our fans' support and loyalty, we need to remain loyal to the fans of all these schools that enjoy the geographic proximity which translates into ease of travel to all the games. This is a dynamic time and I'm in close consultation with the Mountain West Conference Board of Directors and we'll continue to examine further possibilities for the conference."
- - United States Air Force Academy Superintendent Lieutenant General Michael C. Gould,