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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, November 24, 2007

President says Boise committed to WAC, for now

Advertiser Staff

The president of Boise State said the Broncos have a geographical attraction to the Mountain West Conference but, for the moment, are intent upon "improving the quality of the Western Athletic Conference."

Robert Kustra, who said he has written MWC presidents seeking to gauge their interest in Boise State, said, "Frankly, there is no (expansion) talk in the Mountain West that I know of. So, we are completely comfortable continuing to play in the WAC, especially playing teams like Hawai'i. It is a great rivalry (with UH) and one that, one way or the other, I hope can go on for many years no matter what conference we're in."

Kustra added: "I approached them (MWC presidents), I wrote them well over a year ago. I heard from a couple of them but I've heard no serious discussions about that. So, I think we go about our business of improving the quality of the WAC.

"We certainly appreciate the role the WAC has played in promoting Boise State. On the other hand, we're in Boise, Idaho, we're in the intermountain region and, needless to say, the Mountain West has always been a conference that has interested our fans and has interested those of us that are concerned about how far our student-athletes have to travel."

Kustra, whose concerns about security after the UH-Fresno State game helped to spark some of the upgrades yesterday, said we was satisfied with the response.

"Coming into the stadium today we were greeted by a lot of well-wishers from Hawai'i and the Warriors, and some fine sportsmanship," Kustra said.