UH is hoping the WAC schedules them at home on September 26

About how they asked the WAC to not schedule UH on the road Sept. 26 because of their back-to-back road games on Sept. 12 (Washington State) and Sept. 19 (UNLV), JD said:
“that’s all we can do. They have to put the schedule together the best way they can and I don’t envy their job, especially this year.” (HA)

About trying to accommodate UH, WAC associate commissioner Jeff Hurd said:
“We take special requests and try to balance them the best we can.” (HA)

HA Note: “Complicating options for the WAC is the 2009 schedule comes with just 14 Saturday openings, one fewer than 2008, and there may be more midweek games this year under terms of the ESPN contract. Midweek games pose problems because teams that play Tuesday or Wednesday nights don’t play Saturday of the same week. UH, because of its travel, is not required to play midweek.

Under the WAC’s TV contract, ESPN first selects the games it wants and works out the dates with the conference. For example, two years ago ESPN chose to have the UH-Boise State showdown placed on Nov. 23, the penultimate weekend of the regular season.

Then, the rest of the conference schedule is assembled and, generally, released by mid-February. But ESPN, which was to have made its selections by Feb. 1, has yet to do so, WAC officials said.”

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