BYU to join WCC in 2011-12 season

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Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to join the West Coast Conference beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

The switch means BYU will leave the Mountain West Conference and become independent in FBS football, while competing in the WCC in all of their other Division I programs, including men’s and women’s golf.

“In BYU, we are adding a private, faith-based institution with a strong academic reputation and tradition of excellence in athletics, said Rev. E. William Beauchamp, University of Portland president and chair of the WCC President’s Council. “We feel they will be a good athletic fit with our programs that are annually challenging for post-season appearances and national championships. We are looking forward to working with BYU in the months and years ahead.”

This is the first time the West Coast Conference has formally invited an institution as a full member since Gonzaga University and the University of San Diego began competing in the WCC in 1979.

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