WAC fires intern for costly mistake, BSU lossPosted Sunday, November 28, 2010, at 12:15 PM
DENVER -- The Western Athletic Conference fired an unidentified office intern today after an internal investigation revealed the intern did not fax the conference's memo regarding Friday night's Boise State- Nevada football game to Nevada coaches as ordered last week.
The memo, which contained the conference's blueprint for a close game in which Boise State won, was to be mailed to Nevada coaches but was found on an intern's desk this morning.
"He just said he forgot to mail it," WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said.
"It's unfortunate we had to fire him, but because of failure to follow simple directions, Boise State went from playing in the Rose Bowl to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl."
Boise State was just one win away from presumably jumping TCU in the BCS rankings and securing a bid to the Rose Bowl. An upset loss at the hands of the Nevada Wolf Pack ended any chance the conference had of sending its first team to the "Granddaddy of them all" in Pasadena.
The WAC was set to receive a nearly $8 million payout from the game until Friday's overtime loss. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl's payout is $750,000, split between both participants.
WAC officials believe the unidentified intern was busy "facebook stalking" while he should have been working and forgot to take the memorandum, which was in a package marked "TOP SECRET," to UPS to be mailed in time for Nevada's game planning sessions. Still, the error almost went unnoticed until Boise State's kicker, Kyle Brotzman, missed a 26-yarder as time expired.
"That's when I began to think, 'uh-oh, something's not right,'" Benson said, who originally suspected Nevada coach Chris Ault to be playing by his own rules. A quick meeting between the two immediately following the game revealed Ault had not received the memo and an investigation was started.
Brotzman, who leads all active players in points scored, missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime. Redshirt freshman kicker Anthony Martinez nailed a 34-yarder to win the game on Nevada's first possession of overtime.
With Boise State leaving for the Mountain West Conference next year and Nevada and Fresno State following in 2012, it could be a while until a WAC team is in position to play in another BCS bowl.
"This is what happens when you leave things to chance," Benson said. "I thought we had all our bases covered Friday night, but I was wrong."
The WAC will have a three-way tie between 7-1 teams if Nevada and Boise State both win its last game. Hawai'i has already finished WAC play at 7-1.
"We really need to come up with a tie-breaker system," said Benson, who admitted his office has been too busy the past couple of months trying to keep the conference from dissolving to address that issue.
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