BYU AD Tom Holmoe says school won't comment on honor code violations anymore
“I’d like to continue (scheduling) with the Pac-12 because that’s where our biggest fan base is,” Holmoe said. “Travel is better. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t take the opportunities to play across the country. I’d always start in the Pac-12, and go from there.”
The Cougars are supposed to play Notre Dame four more times as part of the six-game series signed in 2010. Two games have been played in South Bend, Ind. Two more games are to be played in Provo, although no dates have been set for the remaining four contests.
“We’re in discussions (with Notre Dame),” Holmoe said. “This is kind of a fluid thing. We wanted to play these games. In our discussion, we’re going to play these games, but it may be further out. We’re going to be accommodating to help (the Irish) with their schedule. We have a very good relationship with Notre Dame. I don’t know why in the world we’d try to mess with that.”
BYU does not have a bowl game contracted for 2014 yet, but Holmoe has been working on it.
“I feel really good about where we are,” he said. “But that’s not contracted, so I can’t comment on it. But I think it will be good for our program. I’m excited about the potential matchups. I think when it’s done, it will hit some of the pillars we’re looking for in our program.”
As for future bowls, Holmoe said, “We have an agreement with ESPN that they’re going to get us a (bowl) game. I’m not worried about that. They have a lot of games.”
STATE OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM
In 2013, the BYU offense underwent major changes. Coach Bronco Mendenhall hired a new offensive staff, led by offensive coordinator Robert Anae, who shifted to a fast-paced style of play.
Holmoe said he likes the direction of the offense, but he would like to see “more balance," and more touchdowns instead of field goals. He wants to see the offense "enhance the ability to move the chains and score."
Spring practices open next Monday.
Holmoe said that over the past 40 seasons, BYU is tied for fourth in college football in total victories.
POTENTIAL RULE CHANGES
A proposed “10-second rule” is being discussed as a way to limit up-tempo teams.
Holmoe said he is opposed to the proposal, explaining that coaches must “figure out how to play the game under current rules. I can’t see (the proposal) passing.”
As for the proposal making the rounds in college football to give student-athletes a stipend, Holmoe said, "We're prepared to do what it takes to be competitive. We're prepared to make that move.”
He added that he’s concerned that such a change would negatively impact non-power conference schools.
— When asked about building a basketball practice facility at BYU, Holmoe said that creating such a venue is “very important, absolutely. It’s of critical importance for us to go forward.”
He added that it’s key when it comes to recruiting.
"We don't have any final approvals on anything,” Holmoe said of a basketball facility. “We're trying to make plans to go forward with this."
— Asked about the importance of having a “special” football season, like the one in 1984 when the Cougars won the national championship, or in 1996 when BYU won 14 games and the Cotton Bowl, Holmoe replied that such a season "is in my dreams all the time. Hope springs eternal that you're going to have that undefeated season."
— Holmoe said he doesn't think conference realignment is over yet. He believes every conference will eventually have a conference championship game.
— Responding to a question about BYU sporting an alternative uniform sometime this season, Holmoe said, “We will have alternate uniforms this year.”
— Asked if he “likes life” in the West Coast Conference, Holmoe said, “I like it. It is good.” He added that he enjoys the fact that at least one WCC team in every sport is a top-15 program on a national level.
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