The Daily Aggie :: 08/24/10

The Aggie volleyball team is just a few days away from kicking off their 2010 season. We spoke with head coach Mike Jordan in this week's interview about the alumni weekend and got his thoughts about the club as they look towards Friday's season opener against Florida International.

This weekend's tournament will be an opportunity for the Aggies to notch some RPI boosting victories, which was something that plagued the team last season until their victory over Colorado State at the end of the season. As Coach Jordan mentioned in the interview, all three teams were the 2009 conference champions in their respective conferences and thus all three made NCAA Tournament appearances last season. Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight, Florida A&M lost a very close five set match to Jacksonville State and Florida International was swept by Florida in the first round.

One interesting item from this past weekend was that the Florida State team also held an alumni match and their alumni defeated the 2010 team 4-1. It should be noted that all five sets were played to just 15 points but nonetheless, it's seems to be a rare occurrence when an alumni squad defeats the regular squad.

We haven't discussed the realignment issue in a few days, partially because nothing new has happened other than Utah State admitting that they turned down a Mountain West invitation and Hawai'i acknowledging that they have contacted the Big West.

Jared Eborn of the Deseret News was able to get a hold of a draft of the agreement between BYU and the WAC that had been drawn up prior to Fresno State and Nevada's departure. Of note in the agreement was the added television exposure via BYUTV for the non-football sports.

"BYU commits to televising via its cable network the following WAC events: all matches of the WAC volleyball tournament not televised by ESPN, all games of the WAC men's and women's basketball tournaments not televised by ESPN, all games of the WAC baseball tournament and softball tournament," the agreement stated. "BYU will have the rights to televise any other WAC championship events that is wishes, along with any other regular-season events when permissible per the ESPN contract."

But, unfortunately it did not happen (and appears very unlikely to happen now that Fresno State and Nevada are in the Mountain West starting in 2012).

On to today's links...

Jack Carey of the USA Today discusses the state of the WAC. (H/T Parsing The WAC)

Andy Katz of writes that the remaining WAC teams are weighing their options carefully.

Aggie Football
The Sports Network previews the 2010 Aggie football team.

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