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Published: Sunday, Aug. 29 2010 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Monday morning: Tom needs announce BYU is leaving MWC with no other comment.
Then call CT and KB and organize a new conference with two divisions (MWAC) Mountain West Athletic Conference
Western Athletic and Mountain West.
Mountain West-Houston,SMU,TCU, CSU, Wyoming,AirForce,UNLV, Nevada


Go back to the MWC? BYU does not eat that much crow unless they get major concessions to save face! Tribune reports insiders saying that seems highly unlikely. With the WAC, they still have Nevada and Fresno for at least 2 more years (maybe more if they don't have the $5 million), and with the pushing of ESPN I bet they recruit a couple other schools to boost the ranks also! The WCC is even a better option! Did you forget the 20x greater national TV exposure and 5-10 times greater revenue from independence!

What a ridiculous, short sided article!


Please tell me where else, besides the DN, where this story is overshadowing the other sports news. Ive looked, but I cant find it.
Thank you in advance.


I am so tired of listening to all BYU radio, and reading all BYU newspaper. Thank goodness actual games will be played cause the blue fest is burning my brain.

No way BYU can organize it's own new conference. If these last few weeks have taught us anything it is BYU does not have the national cache' they thought was there. BYU is a poor excuse for a mid level Texas, "hook em Cougs"...that does not work?!?



I think you hit on something that I have been trying to convey for a while. When BYU gets out of the MWC it will not be long before they are invited to another conference or they carve out a new conference from the non BCS Conferences.

Since you already want to take CUSA members, why not look at taking the cream of the three conferences.

Easter division UAB, Old Miss, Houston, and Memphis TCU, and Air force.

Western division Boise st., BYU, SDSU , Fresno st., New Mexico, and UNLV

If you feel the need to add schools look at La Tech and SMU or Tulane and Tulsa in the east and Hawaii and Nevada in the west.

than would be a great conference.

NO UTAH STATE simply doesn't belong.


Just a shout out from the Midwest Media; A two sentence blurb mentioning BYU appeared about two weeks ago — that’s it. Not a mere mention since. Trust me, no one outside of Utah County could care less.

All this tds knee tapping and teeth grinding has gone almost completely unnoticed — nationally. Ask me about the Texas moves early this summer…..hourly updates and analysis.



ESPN,SL tribune, KSL, KUTV, KSTU, CNN, MSNBC, V.S., USA today, and most of all,

The Daily Utah Chronicle.....

wwoolie, congrats on becoming the newest BEW, you've worked very hard to earn it...



If the Big 12 wanted BYU they would do it now, you know, "One call, that's all". The most academic liberal elite Universities belong to a club called the Association of American Universities (AAU). It is by invitation only and there are currently 63 members. Among those members are Stanford, Cal, Washington, Oregon, etc. The very Universities with presidents that BYU insiders blame for not inviting BYU to the PAC 10. Well, the Big 12 has their share of AAU members as well including Missouri, Texas and Texas A&M. Do you really believe that those presidents will feel any different about BYU as the PAC 10 presidents did? Also, BYU is one of 45 institutions cited by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for lacking academic freedom. Playing BYU in football from time to time as Texas and Washington are doing is one thing but getting the presidents (who make the real decisions) to admit them as a full conference member is quite another.


"BYU's quest overshadows sports news"

BYU arrogance is alive and well. They are indeed getting exposure, but is this what they really want? Let's see, if I am the Big-12, do I want BYU after this fiasco?

Also, maybe you shouldn't use the word 'quest'. That has not served BYU well in the past.


Hey YOBANFA: If listening and reading about BYU bothers you so much, why don't you just quit listening and reading?
Face it...BYU may or may not have the national cache', but they definitely have the state locked up with media attention.

Dig Dug

Rise and shout...


Why did Fresno and Nevada bolt the Project. It seems to me that staying with the WAC, with BYU as an Independent would be a better deal for them.

The football competition is slightly better, as long as Boise State moves to the MWC as planned. There doesn't appear to be any more money. The MWC is mired in an awful TV deal, and will (whether now or later) lose its flagship school in BYU. ESPN apparently was going to come in strong on the deal to get a Western presence. It all seemed like a powerful plan for all involved. So why Fresno and Nevada would jump?

Utah Utes1

CBPapa | 8:34 a.m. Aug. 30, 2010

"BYU may or may not have the national cache', but they definitely have the state locked up with media attention."

They do? Hmmmmm...Whatever you say.

How about this one...'BYU - Quest for Attention.'


Took a quick look at ESPN's home page a couple of days ago. On the college football site it had a BYU QB thread regarding the "Y's" choice to go with two QB's, along with other major college headlines. ESPN doesn't put things on the website that no one reads. This was just regarding a QB decision. I know the hate group could never acknowledge this, because the hunger pains of hate can only be satisfied by propogating hate; but for the still openminded swing group I'd say this is evidence BYU sports does have some national significance and certainly regional prominence in college football. YOBANFA--the reason you are always seeing "Y" news is because so many people are reading it. Every one of your clicks counts too. Suggestion-don't click on "Y" stuff it only propogates more "Y" news.


ProudRedUtahAlum | 8:29 a.m. Aug. 30, 2010
"BYU's quest overshadows sports news"

"Also, maybe you shouldn't use the word 'quest'. That has not served BYU well in the past."

Words have meaning...

verb (used with object)
To search or seek for; pursue.

Sorensen is a Ute "homer". He uses the word to dig at BYU, and the quest for perfection.

My question:

What word would you have chosen?

Any football team should be on a " quest for perfection".

Sort of like "In search of Excellence".



"quest for attention" seems to ring more true.



I grew up here in Fresno. I can tell you that Fresno State longed for years and years to be invited to the WAC. Then they were finally invited only to be ditched by most of the original members. Ouch! But still they longed to be invited (now to the MWC). In the WAC last year they went, they went 8-4 and finished up with a 28-35 loss to Wyoming. But they still say things like, "now that we are in the MWC, they are sure to get into the BCS... even without U of U or BYU." And they really believe it. They think this is their ticket into the BCS.


To Hedgehog...there is ONE who cares alot about BYU,who appears to read everything about BYU and who probably lives outside Utah county and that is you...you should remember the old saying, "By throwing dirt, all you do is lose ground" and your in a deep hole.


To Hedgehog and Wwookie I was in LA and LV all last week and while BYU going independent did not dominate like here in SLC, it was talked about extensively. "The Project" has been and is in the national and western sports news, but mostly not painting the Y in a very favorable light. LV radio ripped on the arrogance of the Cougars and their fans, even suggested that to stay in the MWC the Cougars should have to sign a pledge not to leave with $ penalty if they do.

Utah Utes1

fresnogirl | 10:21 a.m. Aug. 30, 2010

That's what BYU is saying about going independent.

Whether BYU is successful or not in pulling off independence over the next couple of days, imagine the discussion announcers on the Mt will have when they televise BYUs games throughout 2010.

Quest accomplished?

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