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Published: Wednesday, June 16 2010 12:58 a.m. MDT

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Johnny Triumph

Good Riddance...Utah will be an also-ran in the Pac-12 and will have trouble ever getting back to the BCS.

And good for SLC for gaining TV exposure to the Pac-12 market.

RepresentBlue

If Utah does ditch BYU and the MWC for the PAC-whatever, it will only make BYU better. Just like being called "little brother" by Cougar fans during the 80's and 90's made Utah a better program. Never underestimate the power of envy. Utah is proof of that. Now it appears the tables have turned and it is Cougar fans turn to be little brother. That's fine with me. It will only awaken the slumbering giant down in Provo. BYU will still land big recruits, in-state and out. They already win recruiting battles with PAC-10 schools (Jake Heaps for example), that won't change because Utah is in the PAC-whatever. Utah will land better recruits, for sure, but BYU will continue to improve its recruiting as well. At the end of the day, the question of who is better will still have to be settled on the field, the way has for almost 100 years. It Ute fans are so excited to walk away from that kind of history and tradition then good riddance. The level of class of MWC fans will only benefit from it.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt

The MWC will never get a BCS Auto Qualifier with schools like Wyoming, Colorado State, New Mexico. Sorry BYU.

Uteology

From SL Trib:

Utah's move to the Pac-10 took another step forward Wednesday with the announcement that Utah's Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on the 6th floor of Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The only topic listed is 'Discussion of Athletic conference." Utah's Board of Trustees is expected to approve a departure from the Mountain West Conference to the Pac-10.

Utah is expected to become the 12th member of the league, known as the Conference of Champions.

UtahUtes1

@williary | 12:56 p.m. June 16, 2010

Where did you find this information. ESPN is reporting only that the announcement is "immanent."

I wanted to be the first to "kiss" the BYU fans good-bye. You beat me to it.

Though I have to admit that there are a number of posts from BYU fans on this thread that are honest and totally first class.

Then there are the others...

Alpine Coug

re: stanfunky

How about the other 4,000-5,000 BYU fans that bought our tickets directly from OU or off other ticket brokers. There was a conservative crowd of 20,000+ BYU fans in Dallas on that glorious day last September. Never forget floating out of Jerry Jones new Taj Mahal that late afternoon.

Attended various BYU away games over the years at UCLA, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Navy, Boston College, TCU, Rice, Tulsa, etc., etc. and have always been astounded by the sheer number of BYU fans-in some cases almost exceeding the home teams fans (ie. SMU at Cotton Bowl, Tulsa).

It is a historical fact-BYU always travels well.

Paul Revere

To all of you Ute and Cougar fans who think a "possible" or "probable" invite for the University of Utah has anything to do with being a research institution, and BYU not getting an invite because it is not a research institution. You haven't been following the national lines. The current raiding of Conferences has more to do with football/BCS status than academics. Even basketball plays a minor role in the present Conference dealignments. One national columnist wrote that these moves are all about greed. It is too bad that football and basketball drive what a school does for its' entire academic and athletic program. What these moves are doing is driving out of business the smaller schools. Perhaps the Obama Administration should look into taxing the BCS in order to pay for health care and the Gulf clean up.

Independent

All this really means for BYU fans is that now in addition to the feeling of elation that comes with beating their rival, it will now be a win against a PAC 12 BCS AQ team, which will bolster their resume for a BCS bowl at the end of the season. Same goes for any other MWC team that happens to play and beat Utah.

yankee doodle

ha ahaha, yeah right, us BYU fans are jealous of you Pootes. Wasn't it just last year that you same Poote fans were dissing the PAC-10 for being a worthless conference. Now all of a sudden its the greatest conference in the world and you are proud to be a part of it. What a joke. BYU will be fine without you. Its like when the whiny kid with snot always running out of his nose finally moves out of your neighborhood, ahhhh the peace.

Uteology

RepresentBlue | 1:09 p.m. June 16, 2010
That's fine with me. It will only awaken the slumbering giant down in Provo.

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More like the “stumbling” giant down in “Provostan”:

3-2 Vegas
1-5 Big Dance



But Congrts on the Sears Cup!!

Not So Good

Re: Uteology,

"Utah is expected to become the 12th member of the league, known as the Conference of Champions."

There's no doubt that today's MWC is better than the Pac-10, in both Football, and Basketball. The Pac-10 may very well return to their former glory (even though USC's current status will only lengthen that recovery) but one thing's for sure, today Utah just bolted to a lesser conference. You might have more money but do the fans really care that the athletic department has more money, if that's all you've got? I bet Arizona and ASU fans are sure glad for all that extra Pac-10 money that's resulted in exactly diddly squat on the field.

PAC10_Fan

Compared to existing PAC-10 schools, Utah fits in the middle of the road. As it is already, a large academic gulf separates the top of the PAC-10 (Cal, Stanford, UCLA, Washington) with the bottom (Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State). Utah fits in nicely beneath USC and above Oregon. While I'm not crazy about the Utes joining the PAC-10, I am thankful that it's not the Cougars.

BSU


Sadly, if this happens, Utah might get two of my favorite high profile HS players. BYU rejected my most favorite player after his mission and we talked him out of Utah. And that’s why I’m a Boise fan. Boise offered a scholarship but Utah offered his friend a scholarship (so did BYU but they messed up with his brother & they wanna play together).
He's still on a mission so....?


I went to BYU, Utah, and 2 others. There are a lot of good people everywhere, and I’m thankful for the experiences at both schools, but I have to admit that I transferred to BYU with a 4.0 and BYU kicked my hinny, and there was way too much hatred and bigotry and prideful false intellectualism at the "U," and I was very disappointed that my tax dollars were funding hatred for my people, and the destruction of good values and all that, but as far as football goes, I liked Utah, but think it would be good for Utah to go, especially if the Pac is bigoted enough to exclude BYU because it is a religious school. Utah might fit right in there : )....kidding.



Oxy-Moroni

Utah’s much enhanced national and regional television exposure, plus the prestige of the Pac 10, will essentially guarantee it will win all recruiting battles with BYU. Those kids will objectively examine the situation and think to themselves:



“I can play for Utah where NFL scouts will be able to actually see me play on NBC and ESPN every week, or I can play for BYU where NFL scouts can only see me if they subscribe to the MTN and if they can actually stand to watch the wobbly, grainy broadcast.



“I can play for Utah where, if we work hard, we have a shot every year of playing for the national championship or in a BCS bowl. Or, I can play for BYU where, if we work hard, we can play for the MWC championship every year and go to the Vegas Bowl or the Armed Forces Bowl".

Oxy-Moroni

I think this may be the beginning of the end for BYU sports. There’s just no way it can compete in the recruiting war when another school in the same media market is a member of a BCS elite conference. Wanna make a bet with me? I bet that within the next 5-7 years, after BYU is again shut out of the Big 12 expansion, after its losses to Utah mount in terms of record and the recruiting battles, and after a few more seasons of the crappy Vegas Bowl while Utah goes to a couple of BCS bowls, possibly the Rose Bowl and a few Holiday Bowls, after frustrated fans drop their support and interest in watching BYU compete at the lowest levels of college sports, BYU will finally choose to discontinue it NCAA sports programs. The stadium can still be used for the 4th of July celebration and local high school football playoffs. Within the next decade, probably the only sports found at BYU will be intramural sports.

Big Hapa

As a Utah Grad I am Happy for Utah. Change is good, the future is exciting and the new conferance will have its challenges but all in all I think Utah will be OK. Yep the Utes nolonger need to hate BYU of course other then simply wanting to hate BYU, that hate will always be the Red & Blue rivalary in or out of the MWC.

Oxy-Moroni

I think this may be the beginning of the end for BYU sports. There’s just no way it can compete in the recruiting war when another school in the same media market is a member of a BCS elite conference. Wanna make a bet with me? I bet that within the next 5-7 years, after BYU is again shut out of the Big 12 expansion, after its losses to Utah mount in terms of record and the recruiting battles, and after a few more seasons of the Vegas Bowl while Utah goes to a couple of BCS bowls, possibly the Rose Bowl and a few Holiday Bowls, after frustrated fans drop their support and interest in watching BYU compete at the lowest levels of college sports, BYU will finally choose to discontinue it NCAA sports programs. The stadium can still be used for the 4th of July celebration and local high school football playoffs. Within the next decade, probably the only sports found at BYU will be intramural sports.

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