BYU AD Tom Holmoe says Cougars should hear back from NCAA soon on improper benefits case
While the football series between BYU and Utah has gone on hiatus the next two years, the two schools are scheduled to resume play from 2016-18. And beyond that?
“It’s about time where we start looking at the future because they are scheduling games now into the future and we’ve got to make sure those games are scheduled,” Holmoe said. “If (Utah has) one game left, where is it at? That’s a hard thing. It’s not as easy as you think to put together a BYU-Utah game these days. But we’re going to do everything we possibly can to make it happen.”
Notre Dame agreed to a six-game series with BYU in 2010, with two games set to be played in Provo. Only two games have been played, both in South Bend, Indiana, and no future games are scheduled.
“The Notre Dame series is in question right now” Holmoe said because the Fighting Irish have since entered into a scheduling agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“We want that series. They’d like it to happen,” Holmoe said, explaining that he’s had conversations about it with Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick. “But it’s not easy to make those games work because Notre Dame, they can play just about anywhere.”
Holmoe added that Notre Dame might buy out the contract. “I’d rather wait with them to get the game,” he said.
Last spring, both the ACC and Southeastern Conference created a scheduling policy that, in part, doesn't view BYU on the same level as a Power 5 school.
“There hasn’t been any fallout (from that policy),” Holmoe said. “When that happened, it was their business. I’ve actually spoken with both of the commissioners about their policy and we had conversations. I’m going to continue to schedule the best I can. We’ll go after and try to schedule from all conferences.”
BYU is entering its fourth year of an eight-year broadcast agreement with ESPN.
Holmoe said BYU has "a very strong relationship” with ESPN. He added that it might appear BYU has to make sacrifices for some game times, but that ESPN does a lot for BYU behind the scenes with scheduling, and bowl agreements.
“They want to put us in the best possible light that they can,” Holmoe said. “In some situations, we have better games than others. That’s one of those give-and-take things where we can’t always have the best situation for us. Sometimes we take care of what’s best for them. I’m willing to do that and it’s worked out really well.”
LDS CHURCH’S VIEW OF BYU SPORTS
Ten years ago, Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) dropped intercollegiate athletics and BYU-Hawaii recently announced that it is phasing out athletics.
Could such a thing happen at BYU-Provo?
Holmoe said the school's board of trustees “are so supportive of athletics. I think you look at BYU-Idaho and BYU-Hawaii and BYU, you’re looking at three different entities. Even though they’re under the same umbrella of Church Education, you can’t compare those together. They’re totally different.”
What was his reaction when a local columnist speculated that BYU-Provo could phase out sports at some point?
Holmoe said he snickered.
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