Media Day 2011: West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Ashlyn Hewlett on July 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Updated: August 3, 2011 8:34 am

In conjunction with the BYU football team going independent, most Olympic sports will be joining the West Coast Conference.  To answer questions about the conference and how BYU will fit in, Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich was in attendance at Media Day to answer the media's questions during the print breakout session.

The question arose about BYU's facilities being bigger than most of those in the WCC, but Zaninovich noted that the small facility sizes don't diminish the competition brought by the schools in the conference.

“What BYU is going to see on the road in the WCC are some pretty tough home environments that are difficult to play in because of great, excited fan bases and teams that play very well, especially at home.”

Although most are aware of the great competition that will be available to the men's basketball team, Zaninovich wanted to emphasize the other non-basketball olympic sports that are also nationally recognized.  

“We have very strong national programs in a lot of our non-basketball Olympic sports.  We have an incredible women’s soccer tradition and we’re very proud of that.  Baseball is very strong, as is women’s basketball.  I know that when this announcement was made and as we were going through the process, every one of our Olympic sport head coaches said this was an absolute win for the conference, to bring in a school like BYU who is so committed to our sports and aligns so well with the goals of the conference. “ 

Along with BYU's new deal with ESPN, the WCC has also recently signed a new contract with the network that will prove beneficial for men's basketball and the other olympic sports.

“We signed an eight-year agreement with ESPN on June 1 that will bring more sports to that ESPN level. This contract differentiates us from a lot of other conferences because people see us and that’s certainly not a bad thing.”