Fantastic decision should have come years ago! As for the prat "Hedgehog" he
needs to go stick his head... BYU is an elite program and has much more national
respect and following than the Utes will ever have. Only 4 teams have won more
games than BYU over the last 5 years and Utah isn't one of them. The national
exposure on ESPN should start to humble the uneducated who don't realize what
BYU has done over the last 30 years compared to Notre Dame. I imagine that
BYU's move to independence may cause other schools to follow. The rumble is
that USC (University of Sanctioned Cheating) could go independent and leave the
PAC-12. Yeah Utah BYU's move certainly trumps the chumps I mean the Utes-
Prediction BYU 8-4, or 9-3, Utah 7-5 or 6-6Go Cougars!
The term Waterloo comes to mind.
@ BleedCougarBlue: Hedgehog is over on all the other BYU articles posting his
hate filled retoric there hoping no one will remember what he said and acting as
if he didn't say anything. What is so funny is that now no one will even read
his posts and skip right over them all because he has proven himself to be wrong
for the umpteenth time.Oh hedgehog, your hibernation came early this year
and we all are sooooo happy. Look for him to change his name to something else.
Ya know, as I just sitting here basking in the glow of BYU drastically
increasing it's national audience via our new independence and ESPN's large
payout deal, I remembered that a BYU-hating poster named 'Hedgehog' repeatedly
said that BYU going indepedent would never happen and that BYU AD Tom Holmoe
would be fired for trying to make it happen.Anybody seen
Hedgehog?Hedgehog! Oh, Heeeeedghog! Where aaaaaare you?Come out!, come out!, come out wherever you are!....
@nehu Your ignorance is showing. There is no such thing as an "area
authority" (used to be "Area Authority Seventy" and now just "Area Seventy") so
you lose all the way around. Thanks for playing.
@nehuAnd what will you say to your area authority - do you even know
who he is?No - we will not forget about our National Championship Team of
1984.Are you playing with a full deck - by the way??
I live in S. Cal. My Father in Law lives in Utah and forwarded me this article
on BYU going Independent. I made the mistake of reading the comments and now I
actually signed up to give my opinion! 1. My basic cable package
carries the BYUChannel and I think most of them do here in S. Cal. Lots of
Mormons. 2. I think BYU and UTAH both won this off season. Utah
gets to join a great conference with a lot of great sports besides Football. It
looks like BYU with ESPN's backing will be a solid Independent University. I
bet Texas is jelous!3. Sorry Utah fans but I will say here in S.
Cal, there is the feeling that Utah did come out a winner but the Pac 10 did
not. Most Pac10 fans care less about getting Utah and CU in the conference.
Probably because we went from getting TX and OU to UT and CU. Far from the
same. 4. BYU fans, what are you going to do not being able to go to
the Las Vegas Bowl every year!? LOL...sorry but that is a crappy bowl.
I would think that BYU could get on the schedule of some of the Big 12 teams
starting in 2011 in the place of CU and UN that will be leaving the conference
and not be playing them anymore.
Whatever happens, I wish the TDS good fortune. For basketball and other "minor
sports" It's kind of a push. In football, Time will tell. For years I've watched
Utah and the Y complain that "national power" schools wouldn't play them unless
the terms were extremely favorable. Lately, they gotten a few to play. If that
trend continues, This could be very favorable. Even Utah's move can be a boost
to the cougs as, like it or not, the PAC gets more press and respect than the
MWC. Utah's staying on the schedule and continuing the rivalry at least puts an
AQ conference team on the schedule. That said, I think they, at least
financially, made the best move for the university. Good luck even though i'm
not as as gracious as Utefan24. I still can't stand the TDS
BYU has gotten too big for their britches. They think they have some national
draw. More Mormons speak spanish than english. Watching football for religious
reasons has never been preached at the pulpit. Football is a brutal, barbaric
sport that has no connection to the mission of Jesus Christ. BYU should drop
their football program. Let the players go.... to Utah!
Here we go again with more whines from the BYU football: Cougars deem going it
alone the best option, that reminds me of the Reichstag fire. The Reichstag
fire was a disaster for Communists because they received the blame for starting
it, but it was a dream come true for Hitler and his cohorts as it allowed them
to turn Germany into a dictatorship. "If BYU was looking for increased exposure
for its football program, this move with help from cable giant ESPN has the
potential of accomplishing that goal". BYU accomplishing that goal of what, to
turn Utah into a dictatorship ?.
Live Hard | 8:55 a.m. Sept. 1, 2010 "I for one have blocked the BYU
channel on Comcast..."=== Um, could you just leave your
Reality Check: Here are just a few stats about the "other sports" in the
WCC. The WCC is well known for its competitive men’s
basketball lineup, which includes two programs that have been to the Sweet 16 in
the last two years — Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. The
conference routinely qualifies multiple teams for NCAA Championships across its
sports and regularly challenges for national championships in women’s
soccer (the WCC has won three national titles in the sport since 2001),
women’s volleyball (Santa Clara reached the Final Four in 2005; five of
the eight WCC schools qualified for the 2008 NCAA Tournament), baseball (two or
more programs in the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years) and
women’s basketball (Gonzaga reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last year and three
other teams advanced to the post-season). Pepperdine University also owns
national titles in both men’s golf (1997) and men’s tennis (2006).
I don't think the MWC or WAC would come close to these kinds of
stats in the other sports. It looks to me that BYU is taking a step up in
joining the WCC, not considering the football implications.
Congratulations Cougars. I applaud the move. Good luck from this Ute.
I remember BYU fans demonizing the UTES for going to the liberal "left coast"
PAC-10.Now the Cougars will be in a similar "left coast" conference
of 8 left leaning, social justice Universities.Hypocrites?I don't know, I'm just asking.
I hope things work out well for the Cougars. I'm afraid however that they are
going to find out that they don't have the negotiating strength they are
counting on.They may find that the big teams are happy to help them
out, but only the same way Texas did with 2 for 1 games or Home only games. ESPN may also be happy to help out, but not on the financial terms they
thought they could command.It also looks like they have
disadvantaged the rest of their sports programs. I bet somewhere
along the lines you are going to see a new conference emerge from the wreckage
of the WAC and the MWC. I hope USU doesn't get left behind.
socaltrueblue: "Not only letting the biggest financial draw in the league depart
a sinking ship, but virtually taunting them into jumping ship by your
retaliatory invite to two more teams into the boat as it was taking on water
(Nevada?? give me a break), proves your utter incompetence."Umm.. if
the mwc doesn't take those two teams BYU leaves to go the WAC... how is that
"taunting them to jump ship"??As always, good riddance.
Wow, this has been wild. As a Aggie fan...who is also a Cubs fan...who is also
a Utah Jazz fan....I could have told you weeks ago the destiny of the
Aggies.....embrace the curse, baby! Eveyone is castigating Albrecht and Barnes.
Seriously, keep in mind that USU has NEVER come from a position of leverage or
power. Their only chance to get ahead in this conference realignment scenario
is to take a risk like this. The risk failed. We are who we are. If we end up
in the Big Sky then that's who we are. I applaud them for taking the risk.
Once the MWC called, they'd already set their fate. Who would pay the $5
million? Plus, one other important note that hasn't been made in print...I
believe Albrecht is the chair of the WAC council of presidents....was he
representing USU or the WAC when he and Benson contacted BYU? Offically, he was
representing the WAC.
Independence is going to be a tough road for BYU, the key is finding quality
opponents to play week in and week out. This is the reason Notre Dame is
successful as an Independent. They can schedule games with any BCS school
easily.2010 Notre Dame Football SchedulePURDUEMICHIGANat Michigan StateSTANFORDat Boston CollegePITTSBURGHWESTERN MICHIGANat Navy TULSAUTAHARMY
at USC Notre Dame schedule includes7 BCS schools, 5
Non-AQ Schools.With the help of ESPN, I can see BYU getting 4-6
games with BCS schools, maybe more. There are several teams that have shown they
are willing to play in Provo.BYU already has Texas and Oregon State
for 3 years starting in 2011. With large fan base in Texas, California, Arizona,
Florida, and many other states. Look for BYU to schedule BCS teams like:Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Miami, Florida
State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Clemson, LSU, Nebraska, Missouri, Washington,
Stanford.BYU has shown it can draw crowds anywhere in the country.
(20,000+ at Cowboy stadium Vs. OU) Now it's just about showing it all on the
field. Go Cougs.
Congratulations to B.Y.U. and Utah on their recent decisions. Each did what they
thought was best for themsleves. Frankly, I am excited about the possibilities
for both. I think football is on the rise in Utah. U.S.U. will be a winner under
Coach Anderson. Weber State does well under Coach McBride. Snow College
almost always plays championship football. The high schools are getting more of
their athletes recruited by D1 schools. Whats not to like, if you like
football.My last point is that their is room for everyone and it's good
for us all to be successful.
I don't see this as having any effect on their BCS chances. In the MWC they
would have to have gone undefeated and finish in at least the top 12 to get a
BCS bid. Winning a conference championship was not enough, and don't kid
yourself into thinking it would be any different in the future. So now, if BYU
goes undefeated and finishes in the top 12, do you see the BCS keeping them out?
True, they are just as unlikely to make the BCS as they were in the MWC. But are
they any worse off, really? All that has changed is BYU's ability to hold on to
revenue, a definite plus.
Larry Miller would tell anyone that you have to take risks to be successful. I'm
a believer that this move has lots of upside potential. BYU has nothing to
worry about. After the MWC realizes how much BYU was subsidizing their league,
they will take them back in a heartbeat. And, if the move is successful, one of
the big six conferences will come knocking. Congrats to the Cougars for finally
Thanks to the several classy non-BYU fans offering their congratulations. At first I was very hesitant to want to leave the MWC, but now I
completely agree that this was the best choice for BYU given our options. And in
all honestly, I'm happy for the Utes to have made it into the PAC 10. They
undoubtedly earned it. This is a good time for college sports in the state of
Utah. I'm looking forward to a nice 11-0 vs. 11-0 showdown in November.
Either this is the dumbest act in the history of BYU sports.... or the smartest.
Only time will tell. But, abandoning a conference that has been a refuge for
the "Y" could be extremely harsh. So, let's look at the other football
independents and see how they've done recently....oopsie, pretty lousy. Maybe
we can get Charlie Weis for a Head Football Coach??
As a loyal Ute fan, I am green with envy. While I am going to be stuck watching
the Utes play the same PAC10 teams every week, year after year, BYU fans will
get to watch a different slate of teams every year. It will be quite a treat
for BYU fans to be able to see the North Dakota State Bisons, or the Idaho State
Vandals, or the Western Illinois Leathernecks at LES. I really wish the U of U
had the reputation and the facilities to pull off something of this magnitude,
but alas we are stuck being the Cougs little brother, always in their shadow :(
re: sportsjunkieNo, the Pac did not get their absolute first choice.
They took a shot for the fences with Texas, even though Texas never had any
real interest. Being second fiddle to Texas? That's a pretty
favorable position to be in. On the other hand, teams like Nevada
and Fresno decided in favor of the MWC and Craig Thompson as opposed to BYU.
Being second fiddle to the MWC? Now that's a pretty embarrassing
To UteFan24: Thank you. I wish there were more people like you on both sides of
i like the move because thus ends the drama so we can move on. TCU did nothing
because no one wants them at this point so we'll c ya next year T oadies.Now that the Kewgs declared their independence do us a favor and put us on
your schedule you'll need the strengthening and I like seeing BSU on da ESPN.
Anyhow congrats on your move The WCC is formidable in basketball with
St.Marys,LMU and Gonzaga much better Basketball conference than the WACked.
Our fan base is heavily located in the WCC area. Church has about 3 million
members in Utah, California, Oregon and Washington. Another million reside in
Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. This is our base. PAC 10 didn't want us. So be it. We
will thrive as a football independent. More money and annual games with quality
teams for at least 5 of the games (the other 7 insure bowl eligibility). If we
win, we get big bowl money. As part of the WCC we will also thrive. Great
locations to play bb and visit local sights. Will anyone really miss Laramie in
the Winter or the Vegas Invitational. Probably not. Also, looking forward to
Aloha Stadium again. A nice break from cold weather. Onward and upward. Arriba y
Brothers, brothers, brothers, Settle! Wait and see. The future holds
great promise for all of us. Nothing is static. Cream rises to the top.
Peace! But answer me just one question: Why is BYU's National Championship
"mythical," but Notre Dame's National Championships are genuine? Weren't thy
awarded by the same system? The current system is as flawed as the old
one! Otherwise, TCU and BSU should have played for the Championship instead of
the beaten teams that played.
@ Live Hard: So you blocked the BYU channel on Comcast.......who cares? Just
wish you could be blocked from posting on BYU articles. You are one bitter and
hateful person. Hope you get some help.
Suddenly, with Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and BYU, the WCC becomes a premier
MID-major conference in men's basketball. nuf' said
I hope BYU knows what they're doing with the independent move in football. I
live in the midwest and follow Notre Dame football and their program just
doesn't seem to have the same strength as teams that sit in conferences like the
Big 12. Notre Dame games seem more like weekly football exhibitions since
they're not ever playing for a conference title. The move of other sports to
the WCC doesn't seem to hold any strong opportunities for regional rilvaries
that we've grown used to with the likes of Utah, New Mexico, et al.
As a 30 year BYU football fan I have to say I am more exited in seeing Utah in
the PAC 10 and being able to see the U play USC and UCLA at home than whatever
BYU is going to end up with being independent. I guess the Y has no choice but
it is sad the Big 12 didn't invite the Y. That would have been the real deal.
Ernest... Don't you mean OUR talent will go way up and not ARE?
let's be real here - dropping track, softball, swimming are a big deal and there
is no positive spin to put on this. BYU has always been strong in track and
swimming ..but no more. Pretty sad. The WCC is a joke - below the MWC for sure.
Heck BYU is now in a weaker conference than Utah State. Football may not care
but basketball sure does. I think the reality of the new NCAA is hitting home
and there are the have's (UTAH) and have nots (BYU).
LaVell Edwards and the everyone else at BYU can't understand what the MWC brass
were thinking because the MWC brass don't think win/win. Everything they've
done is pretty clearly cynical, win/lose thinking. Those who think
that BYU is making a mistake or taking huge risks (including the MWC brass)
simply don't understand the unique nature of BYU and what its mission is. HINT:
it's probably the only school in the country who would be willing to trade money
for exposure. Most other teams see exposure as a means to get more money. BYU
sees money as a means to get more exposure.
I read daily for two weeks of what is going on, well we are going independent
football and other sports to wcc. I am fine with that. it is possible more teams
will come and play us since we no longer in the mwc after 2010/2011 season and
that is the possiblity. mwc make other conferanceS nervous playing us. I may be
wrong in that thought. My thought about Bronco M. remark, I respect him
and I believe him in every way he say. And for Dave Rose, I hope that he will go
along with that too because he is a fun guy to coach our players.Let
the game begin, GO COUGARS!
williary | 7:34 a.m. Sept. 1, 2010 I agree, this is a better option than
staying in the MWC without Utah. So I give the Cougs props for taking the
plunge.That said, this does not even come close to matching Utah's
move to the Pac-12. Not even debatable. Utah got their first choice, BYU settled
for their 3rd/4th choice. Those are just the facts. "Of course utah
got their first choice, but did the pac?
Why do all these loser Ute fans get on here and make lame comments like
"scheduling will be harder than they think" or "this doesn't come close to
Utah's move to the PAC 12"?We all know the only reason BYU didn't go
to the PAC is because of religious affiliation--NOT BECAUSE OF THE QUALITY OF
THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM OR OTHER SPORTS.And why do you Ute fans care if
BYU has a national brand and can actually make independence work? If Utah plays
BYU each year, don't you want them to have be as high profile as possible? As for the scheduling--do any of you really know more about how
scheduling is done than the insiders at BYU that do this for a living year in
and year out? Despite your fantasies, they are not stupid people and this was
not a 2 week decision---there is no way they would make this move if they didn't
have scheduling figured out.Why aren't you Ute fans more interested
in the Pitt game?????? Get a life.
To TheHailstorm...thanks for the advice, I will take a deep breath and relax,
but with your last comment, wouldn't someone call that slander? Just to let you
know what I was doing at 4:30 am., I am an Emergency MD and was inbetween sets
here at the hospital, just relaxing for a minute...I'll wave to you though as
you go by on the back of the garbage truck, please wave back so I will know
everything is well with you...have a great day.
Good luck to BYU in this new endeavor. I wish you a heartfelt congratulations
and all the success your great program deserves.
It's interesting move...given the scenario that Notre Dame is considering
joining Big-10 conference.Recruits will love to come to Utah to
compete against USC, UCLA, Oregon, OSU, Cal, Standford, etcRecruits
will love to come to BYU...and compete against whom? they don't know.It still feels sooooo goooood to be with the Utes!!!!
Dear Commisioner Thompson, Not only letting the biggest financial draw
in the league depart a sinking ship, but virtually taunting them into jumping
ship by your retaliatory invite to two more teams into the boat as it was taking
on water (Nevada?? give me a break), proves your utter incompetence.Sincerely,SoCalTrueBlue
BYU athletics isn't doing what church leaders have taught over the years: "Don't
try to keep up with the Jones family."Well I guess the Utes going to
the PAC-10 was just too much for BYU to swallow! Had Utah remained in the MWC,
BYU would not be an independent right now in football!Anyway, while
the Utes are playing in the Colesium in L.A., it would still be better for BYU
to be playing in Laramie, Wyoming some snowy afternoon, rather than trying to
eek out a schedule on their own. (Heads up Northern Iowa College! BYU
might want to begin a new, long term rivalry with you!)
This certainly makes for an exciting sports scene it Utah doesn't it? I hope it
works out for everyone. I'm a little concerned about sports like track and
field where BYU has a long history of excellence, but I have confidence they
will work it out.
@wwookie:"ESPN has no interest in showing BYU vs New Mexico State or
BYU vs San Jose State, or BYU versus Utah State, or BYU vs ..."Except for this year, where they picked up the BYU at USU game for a
nationally televised contest through their contract with the WAC. When was the
last time that they picked up the UofU at USU?But you're right, ESPN
will have little interest in those types of games, so you better believe that
they will ensure that they use their influence in college football to ensure
that there are better teams on the schedule. For the most part, it may be
mid-level BCS teams, like Utah, but it will be better than the MWC! I'd love to
see this mean that the Cougs could schedule 7 to 8 home games a year and take
the extra attendance revenue as well.
You can say goodbye to the other sports at BYU, including basketball, by going
to the WCC. Except for Gonzaga in basketball, this is a weak conference at best
for all other sports. This will be a no brainer for an athlete considering Utah
vs BYU. Competing in the PAC 10 over the WCC will cause BYU to lose a lot of
good athletes to the Utes. Sacrificing the other sports for football's big
money will be a sad thing to see here at BYU.
ESPN has no interest in showing BYU vs New Mexico State or BYU vs San Jose
State, or BYU versus Utah State.wwookie, don't bother turning on
ESPN on October 1st. BYU vs USU.Since that game is always on a
Friday, it will probably be on ESPN every year.
RE: wwookie'It will take a lot more work than the school officials
think in piecing together a schedule, and get ready for 4 or 5 home games a year
if BYU does get quality opponents.'Are you serious?The
BYU home schedule THIS YEAR is as follows:Washington - Best home game this
yearNevada - Not badSDSU - I want my money backWyoming - I
want my money backUNLV - I want my money backNew Mexico - I want you
to pay ME to go to this one.So you talk about the trouble of
scheduling 'quality' opponents. It looks like it has been a problem for a
Are talent will go way up.
@XpatPatterson was making noise, that's all. He knows nothing. You
notice that nobody followed up on his inane comment. He has the same deadline in
the mwc as all the rest. Is he going to hold a press conference today? Would
anybody care if he did? He's down there among all the big programs around him
trying to stir up something. When did you say he made his bold statement; was it
on the 19th and today is the 1st of September. That's 13 days and not a single
soul has followed up. And remember, he's the coach, not the president or AD.
Yeah, right. TCU has some big news. lol.
@UteFan24You're one of the good guys, UteFan24. Wish all fans on
both sides could be as level-headed and respectful as yourself.
Maybe this will help BYU fans forget about 1984, doubt it but we can always
hope. Magnum PI was steam rolling in 1984 right along with Three's Company back
in 1984 that is pretty cool. Golly that was a long time ago.The
funny thing about BYU's accomplishment if we want to call it that is that they
like most other accomplishments, accomplished nothing to earn this
accomplishment. Unless you consider a losing record in the Las Vegas Bowl an
accomplishment. All in the name of money my friends:)
Veracity | 4:29 a.m. Sept. 1, 2010"This will be an interesting day
reading all of the different ways of the twisted logic, the different crude
remarks, the hate spewed forth, the jealous comments and low-life remarks the
Ute fans will regurgitate". Are these comments necessary ?Seems to me like your drinking a bitter poison hoping the other person will
die. Relax on the slander please. We're talking college football.
Let's stay on task. In that regard I think BYU will have a tough time
scheduling the games they would like to play as the other upper level programs
will be playing a conference schedule. They may not get the games that
they need for a strong SOS and as that sinks scheduling becomes harder as other
schools schedule games with teams with a more desirable SOS and RPI.
Hopefully Tom Holmoe can work hard to get the Cougars need to stay
competitive. As of today Stoney Brook has a vacancy in 2013.
Veracity, I noticed that you wrote this at 4:30 A.M. just before
leaving for your paper route. Best wishes to all of the programs in the
state. GO UTES !!!
Good luck to both the U and BYU! Leaving the MWC at the same time is
exciting--kind of like leaving home and going out into the big world full of
risks and challenges.Contrary to what the 17 and 18 year old posters
here on both sides think (who know who to write better than they know how to
think), both programs will succeed despite the challenges. Depending on
schedules, it's unlikely either will duplicate the win/loss records of the past
few years, but they'll have winning seasons nonetheless.Regarding
BYU, yes it will be difficult to schedule an entire season every year--they know
that and that factored into the decision. It wouldn't surprise me if they've
been working behind the scenes, especially intensely the past several days,
gauging potential interest and there must of been enough for them to make the
The actions of BYU prove one thing, money and exposure come over all else at
BYU. I will be writing my area authority:)
I agree, this is a better option than staying in the MWC without Utah. So I
give the Cougs props for taking the plunge.That said, this does not
even come close to matching Utah's move to the Pac-12. Not even debatable.
Utah got their first choice, BYU settled for their 3rd/4th choice. Those are
just the facts.
be careful of what you wish for. in a few years BYU will have to keep winning a
large percentage of the games it plays to stay relevant.does anyone
know if BYU has a buyout clause in the WCC? I do not feel that independence is
the long term answer. I can not see the Big 12 adding BYU.However, I can
see a super conference made from the dust of three conferences CUAS, MWC, and
WAC teams which would include BYU. how about UAB, Mississippi,
Memphis, Tulane, Houston, TCU in the eastern division and Air Force, Boise st,
Fresno st. San Diego State, UNLV and BYU in the Western division. no silly MTN
and a conference that would gain respect nationally, provide stability, and
maintain natural rivalries. with two crossover conference games a
year that would give BYU and other conference members 5 games to play national
powers or regional rivals. I'm not saying that BYU should do so now.
but in 2016 when major conference contracts run out. its an option that BYU
I've never seen a fanbase so excited about going to a conference that only two
weeks ago they hadn't heard of. The jury is out on if this will help or hurt the
football program, but the other programs are taking a sizable step backward in
terms of level of competition and relevance.
ike -- Good thought. It will sort itself out. I agree with LaVell Edwards: I
can't figure out what MWC brass were thinking to let BYU get away.I
suspect the financial take for other MWC teams will diminish significantly.
Good luck to BYU in the move to independence, there is another story of football
independence in the beehive state that did not go so well, that being Utah
State. When Utah State had their big west affiliation pulled out from under them
because the conference dropped football, the Aggies really struggled. The Aggs
deteriorated so far in football that they are just now getting it together after
a stint in the Sunbelt Conference and then the WAC. This was a very hard time
for the Aggies and the Aggie faithful.BYU is truly a national
program and has national marketing build in. They can draw a large crowd in any
city in the country, and stay connected with their fan base via byutv. Good Luck
to BYU in this new venture.
I guess the Cougars burned their bridges with the MWC and had no leverage in
considering the option to remain as a conference member.My personal
opinion is that this idea to be an Independent was (and is) a very bad idea.
Time will tell.But I will continue to bleed Cougar blue!
Being the firststring armchair quarterback for BYU this year I am excited for
the change. For all the want-a-be quarterbacks who will soon comment, I wish you
had all of the information necessary to understand this playcall. I suggest
fastening your seat belt. This ride is about to take off!What a
gutsy call. It is fourth down. The defense wants you for breakfast. As you are
about to snap the ball a play comes from the sidelines. Could it be? You look
at the coach who nods approval. You yell to the team. The clock! Only one second
remains. HIKE! The ball is in your hands. You fade left, behemoths are crashing
through the line. You fake a run, then suddenly from nowhere the left tackle
runs right past you as you hand him the ball. Your receivers are streaking down
field. You make a good block on a bruiser. He doesn't know what happened. He
spins. Your lineman cocks his arm and unleashes a spiral over everyone's head
except the streaking receiver. He catches it and runs for all he is worth.
Everyone wonders, where did a lineman get an arm like that?
Sounds good for football, although playing 2 BCS teams plus BSU, Hawaii, USU and
Utah is not an improvement over our current schedule. Right now we are only
talking about what MIGHT be, which is no guarantee. We get more money for Fball
by playing outside the MWC and more "exposure" on BYU TV (only known to LDS).
What about the huge drop in revenue for Basketball playing in gymnasiums at
schools with 4,000 students???No one has really answered these
questions and where it leaves us in terms of revenue, real exposure and what it
will do for the Church, recruiting and overall improvement of our sports
programs.Oh, and BYU TV had better up its schedule as well. We will
not attract and hold viewers (LDS or non LDS) with the current lineup of
scrapbook shows and Education Week speakers. More recent Church movies and
Mormonads as a start. We may need to hire younger, more creative (non Utah)
Yeah, BYU just won another national title!calm down cougar blue,
ESPN has no interest in showing BYU vs New Mexico State or BYU vs San Jose
State, or BYU versus Utah State, or BYU vs ... (hopefully you get it by now)Care should always be taken when you are granted what you wish for.
Independence brings more options, but they might not be the best options. It will take a lot more work than the school officials think in piecing
together a schedule, and get ready for 4 or 5 home games a year if BYU does get
@ regis. So now you are a mind reader! Wow! So what am I thinking and what is it
that I am going to write? I will wait for your response.
I wonder what the buyout clause is to leave the WCC?
This will be an interesting day reading all of the different ways of the twisted
logic, the different crude remarks, the hate spewed forth, the jealous comments
and low-life remarks the Ute fans will regurgitate. The more they
write, the more envious they are and always have been. But
remember, it does not matter to us that Utah might become a bottom dweller, we
will still support you.
The last act of the farce takes place at the press conference! Moliere would be
Is it me or does it seem like the media is trying to fuel a controversy where
there is none. BYU got independence in football. Good for BYU. The WCC is good
in bball. At least as good as the MWC. Other sports will work themselves out. So
Let Freedom Ring... YEAH BABY! If we don't win another football game, I can
handle it because after this season WE WON'T BE ON THE MOUNTAIN ANYMORE.
HALLELUJAH! This puts BYU in a great position to get $1 Million per
game on ESPN for up to 5 games in 2011 (they only get $1.3 Million for the whole
season on the Mountain now!) and then jump to the Big 10/14 in 2012. It will
become a super conference with a championship, and BYU will have the resume and
be in position to join when the opportunity comes.The other sports
will do just fine in the WCC - Basketball with Gonzaga, St Mary's and Loyolla
Marymount is not that bad :) The sports the WCC doesn't have don't really need
a conference (ie we don't play in the MWC in Vollyball now)So I see
nothing but good coming from this. Can't wait to see the plan unfold.So the final thing on my Christmas Wish this year is to beat Utah in this last
and final showdown as conference rivals :) But even if they don't ... YEAH!!!!
"Cougar football coach Bronco Mendenhall said he supports the decision by school
administrators and is excited about the future."Whether Bronco
really feels that way or not, who knows? I suspect the top brass are putting a
lot of pressure on coaches to say the right things publicly, and not rock the
boat. I'll bet Bronco, in his more candid moments, expresses a few reservations.
this makes me happy
Number 1How sad it feels to be alone...
Before my fellow Ute fans get on here making stupid and arrogant comments about
BYU, let me say this:Congratulations BYU. Independence is better
than staying in the MWC. Good luck in your endeavors and I hope to see you on
the schedule each year.Love,A respectful Ute fan.
Well the decision has been made. Was it the right one? Only time will tell. I
would like to think that it is. Although the football scheduling worries me.
Hopefully the rumors about us trying to schedule things with Texas Tech and
Clemson are true, and that we can get a long term deal done with Notre Dame. ---One of the big positives is that as a resident of SoCal I will have
the opportunity to watch BYU play in person several times a year since USD,
Loyola, and Pepperdine are all in the area.---Go Cougs!!!