Oct. 27, 2000
Q: "I would love to see us play a team from the Mid-American Conference (OU, BGSU, KSU etc.) or the Southern Conference (VMI, The Citadel etc.) Any plans in the near future for these teams on the football schedule?" (question asked by John Daugherty, Nicholasville, Ky.)
"John, thanks for your question regarding our football schedule. We do not hold any Southern Conference games currently under signed contract although I have had numerous conversations with a few schools. We have tentative arrangements that I can not discuss at this time with a Southern Conference opponent.
We have talked with MAC schools and had a chance to play Marshall this year and Toledo next year. We will play Wisconsin next year and we passed on Marshall this year. We will continue to look at the MAC for future I-A opponents and are having discussions right now with at least two members of the MAC for the future as we try and schedule at least one, I-A football game annually. The problem with the MAC is you can wind up playing an awfully good football team for half or a third of the guarantee that other major I-A conference opponents will offer.
Thanks for your support of Western athletics."