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Akey Sees Opportunity to Stick It to WAC 'Son-of-a-guns'

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Idaho coach Robb Akey finds motivation in playing - and perhaps beating - the teams that have decided to leave the WAC (Photo: SWX) Idaho coach Robb Akey finds motivation in playing - and perhaps beating - the teams that have decided to leave the WAC (Photo: SWX)

MOSCOW, Idaho - Fall camp is about over. The last scrimmage took place over the weekend.  And the Idaho Vandals are now focusing on their first real opponent: North Dakota on Sept. 2. But that's not all they're thinking about.

Changes are on the horizon in the Western Athletic Conference. Fresno State and Nevada both agreed in principle last week to leave the conference for the confines of the Mountain West Conference, whose own status is up in the air until BYU decides whether to go independent.  Amidst all the uncertainty though, the Vandals' fearless leader, coach Robb Akey is rallying the troops.

The shakeup in the conference, Akey believes, gives his team an opportunity to stick it to some long-time conference rivals.

"We've got an opportunity to play every one of those son-of-a-guns this year and probably all but one of them next year," Akey said, referring to his conference foes in the current WAC. "There's going to be a great sense of urgency to go take care of business and get after those guys before they go off."

It sounds like Akey isn't too happy about the decision by Nevada and Fresno State to abandon ship. One wonders how he'd feel to see Hawaii go independent, too - a definite possibility. Blogging for ESPN, Andy Katz wrote Tuesday the Warriors have spoken with the Big West about adding all of its sports except football. The possibility exists, too, that Utah State could leave for the Mountain West with Fresno State and Nevada.

Of course, nothing will be known, and nothing will happen until one single team decides what it will do about its future in collegiate athletics: little ole' Brigham Young University. Funny how one institution can hold all the cards, isn't it?

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