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Published: Thursday, Sept. 8 2011 5:48 a.m. MDT

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regis
Murray, UT

Maybe everybody ought to step back and rethink all this renewed talk of realignment and "superconferences".

When the WAC expanded to 16 teams and billed themselves as the "nation's first superconference" it didn't turn out to be so "super" after all. Utah, BYU, and the other MWC teams quickly learned that sharing the pie 16 ways, plus working out the logistics of playing all the teams in the conference, wasn't such a super idea.

I'd hate to see the PAC 12 become the PAC 16, only to see that conference implode like the old WAC imploded. That scenario could leave Utah in worse shape than ever.

Granted, a PAC 16 including Texas and Oklahoma, et al., would have some things going for it that the old WAC could only have dreamed about. But it would also have some of the same logistical problems. And then there's the problem of Texas itself, whose reputation of bullying in the Big 12 is a little disconcerting.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

It's all about guaranteed money.
Part of me wants the BIG 12 to let go of A&M and part wants the conferences to stay the way they are. An expanded PAC would be bad for Utah. Less money and less chance of ever getting a NC or to a Rose Bowl.
I guess if the superconference direction is inevitable(I hope it isn't), it would be best to get it over with.

stanfunky
Salt Lake City, UT

Let Texas A&M go. They don't pull a significant portion of the TV market in Texas, and aren't a huge presence nationally for the Big 12. If other teams panic and exit as a result, then the conference isn't very stable, is it? Did the Mountain West unravel and fall apart after losing Utah and BYU? No. After hearing they would lose TCU? Not at all - they made moves to counteract the losses and came out more evenly balanced. Surely the Big 12, home of much more powerful teams and markets, can survive losing a team that hasn't won a conference title since 1998.

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