Fresno St, Nevada Accept Mountain West Invites

The Mountain West announced today on its official Twitter feed that it, “has extended an offer of membership to California State University, Fresno and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Mountain West Conference invites Nevada and Fresno State

Two Salt Lake City outlets reported today that BYU will soon leave the Mountain West conference and go independent in football while joining the WAC for all other sports.

In lieu of the Mountain West invitation, the FRESNO BEE has since reported:

Fresno State will announce this evening that it has accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference, sources with knowledge of the situation told The Bee this afternoon.

The RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL had this official reaction to the MWC invitation from Nevada:

University of Nevada President Milton Glick said today that Nevada is considering an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference.

“We are honored to have received the invitation to join the Mountain West Conference,” Glick wrote in an news release. “We are seriously considering the invitation and do so with the best interests of our athletics program, university, community and Wolf Pack fans as our priority.”

Despite Nevada’s lack of confirmation, a Mountain West administration source told me today that the school will indeed accept the invitation of the MWC and agree - like Fresno State - to pay the five-million dollar buyout as contractually obligated by the WAC.

Ryan Greene of the LAS VEGAS SUN reported of that buyout today: Read more…

Nevada AD Rips The Media For Doing Their Jobs

You have to be impressed with the sheer audacity of Nevada AD Cary Groth. After all, it takes a lot of cajones to defend the moral standing of your athletes after a story breaks involving a basketball player going to the school’s rec center with a gun looking for a member of the football team. But as the NEVADA APPEAL says, Groth (below, third from right) and basketball coach David Carter did just that, calling a press conference to rip the media for their coverage of Ahyaro Phillips’ dismissal from the team.

Cary Groth and Nevada basketball team

It’s a fair point: Why would the media want to cover something as frivolous as a basketball player using a gun to try to intimidate a member of the football team on campus a few days after they got into a brawl at a party? After all, in Groth’s world, Nevada doesn’t recruit any player in any sport that isn’t a fine, upstanding student:

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Rihanna On The Rebound With Andrew Bynum?

• Singer Rihanna was seen sharing a Friday night meal in Beverly Hills with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum.

Rihanna Andrew Bynum Playboy Bunny

Ray Allen saves the Celtics from an embarrassing 2-0 hole vs. the Bulls.

• The Nationals fine Elijah Dukes for running late due to a charity event? No problem - the Little League will take care of that bill, dog.

• Florida high school pitching phenom Patrick Schuster does it again, hurling his 4th straight no-hitter.

• The Orlando Magic can’t escape hecklers even from just outside their own locker room.

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Nevada Hoopster Used Gun To Avenge FB Fight

When Nevada basketball player Ahyaro Phillips was kicked off the Wolfpack basketball team last week for an undisclosed gun charge, there seemed to be more to the story than was being told. And now thanks to the NEVADA SAGEBRUSH, we know exactly what went down. Phillips allegedly went to the school’s recreation center with a .22 caliber gun looking for Nevada linebacker Adam Liranzo as a result of a fight at a party a few days earlier.

Ahyaro Phillips and Adam Liranzo

I’m guessing that Phillips wasn’t seeking out Liranzo to get some gun safety tips. This could have been very, very bad, but fortunately Phillips was stopped before things went from farcical to tragic. Phillips is now facing up to a year in jail if convicted, and although he seemed “somber” when turning himself into the police, the fact that “he still thinks he wasn’t wrong” doesn’t bode well for him having learned any lesson.

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