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Published: Friday, Oct. 21 2011 7:20 p.m. MDT

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Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

All I read in newspapers in Big XII cities is that the pecking order for replacements is Louisville, W. Virginia, Cinncy and then BYU. But if the Big East can hold their schools for 3 years and the Big XII needs a 10th team next year, BYU could be their best option. My gut feeling is that it all depends on how much a buyout by any of the Big East schools could be negotiated to release them for next year. That will prob be explored before BYU is analyzed.

sammyg
Springville, UT

The suspense is killing Ute fans.

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

When BYU gets invited to the Big XII, it will be DOOMS DAY for Chris B and all of the other Ute "fans".

BYU Joe
MISSION VIEJO, CA

It's like a soap opera but for football fans. Everyday a new twist on the same nonsense.

I'll be glad when its done because if we don't get a resolution soon I will have to enter a rehab center for my "BYU to the Big 12 addiction." If there is a story on the Big 12 I can't help but read it for any scrap about the Cougs.

"Hi my name is Joe and I'm a Conference Realignment addict."

"Hi Joe"

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I believe BYU is the B12's first choice, but BYU comes with some baggage - no Sunday play, BYUtv, ESPN Contract, the need for exposure, etc. Will the B12 and BYU be able to negotiate and reach common ground, or will the B12 go the easy route like they did with TCU?

With losing Missouri, I think the B12 needs to get back to 12 teams or risk losing TV revenue. TAMU and Missouri draw a lot of eyeballs to TV. TCU, while a great football program the last six years, does not have a large fan base. WV has average size fan base. Louisville has a strong BB following. Cincy has a small fan base.

The economics will force the B12 to negotiate with BYU. BYU's fan base would be second in the conference only to Texas, and on par with Oklahoma.

Wookie
Omaha, NE

Okay, here is the deal straight from the MidWest. Missouri will not leave the Big12, mark it down. Their boosters and fan base love the rivalry with Kansas. Nebraska left because they were the red-headed step child with no real rilvary when Oklahoma was in the south division. Colorado was, except for a couple of years, a mediocre team at best. Y fans, stay independent, control your venues, as most of the Big12 cities are terrible, especially if Missouri leaves (Kansas City is a terrific city).

U4Me
Sandy, Utah

Wait, what ever happened to the Great Independence team of the future?
Band of Lil Brothers touted Independence as the greatest move in BYU history, next to signing Jake Hypes.

Question; Why will Louisville and West Virginia be invited next week to the BIG 12? Because they're not BYU! (Dick's words not mine).

Oh BTW does Holmoe still have a job down there? Continues to make a mess out of a once was GREAT athletic program.

Hang in the Band of Lil Brothers.

JustGordon
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When the Y doesn't get invited to the Big XII minus IV, will it be eat crow day for Portland Trial Blazers?

BleedRed
Sandy, Utah

BYU Joe

Gotta give ya that, that was good.

Made my day.

Wookie
Omaha, NE

@ CougFanin:
Economics force the Big12 to deal with the Y? Seriously? The Big12 does not need the Y, rather, as many Y fans believe, the Y needs the Big12. In my opinion, and you are entitled to it, neither party wants to give up fundamental elements that have made them both fairly successful. BYU with its no-Sunday play (how much hypocracy would exit if the Church permitted this to go away??) and the Big12 with its b-ball sunday tournament final.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

@ Wookie,

Last I heard, the Big 12 hasn't done a Sunday BBall tournament in several years.

Sunday play is NOT an issue with the Big 12 for including BYU. If it were, Holmoe wouldn't still be talking to the Big 12 people. Right?

Think about it. Let it sink in.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

@ Still Blue after all these years,

I think you hit the nail on the head. BYU's in if Missouri leaves and joins the SEC for 2012, because of the Big East waiting period to leave it.

UNLESS, like you pointed out, there can be some legal wrangling or payoff to circumvent leaving before that 27 month waiting period.

The soap box continues.

Guess we'll be hearing from the trolls for awhile longer while waiting for official word from Missouri then whether the Big 12 can yank Big East teams early. Heh.

Duh
west jordan, ut

@BYU Joe

Gotta agree with BleedRed, excellent way to put it. Thanks for the laughter.

I say this
Emery, UT

RE: BYU Joe

I'm right there with you.
You expressed my thoughts exactly!
Wish I could give your comment 1000 recommendations!

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Excellent use of cherry-picked talking points, Mr. Harmon.
Here is what you left out:

The Missouri board also gave the chancellor the authority to STAY in the Big 12, and sign Missouri's television rights to the league.

None of the Big 12 members has yet signed the deal which would stabilize the conference. If Missouri leaves, the league could find replacements, or the league could shatter.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Just gotta love the number of utah "fans" that wait for every single one of these articles as if it was their next fix of smack. LOL!

There are more of them hoping, praying, agonizing that BYU won't get in than there are BYU fans that want to get in. I absolutely love reading their overwrought angst.

LOL!

MiP
Iowa City, IA

Wow Mr. Harmon. Another Big-12 article/hopefest. Makes me yearn for Jimmermania.

PAC 10.2 Doormat
Springville, UT

@U4me

Will Whit and Chow have jobs after going 0-4 in the new conference? How about two failing programs for your AD?

Basketball anyone? How many coaches are on the payroll and not working?

Can we say 'train wreck'?

Salemite
Salem, Ut

Maybe the government will regulate it, as they do everything else. A new CZAR in the white house perhaps, or a new agency...

Wookie
Omaha, NE

@Whatsinitforyou: 30 teams play on Sunday in the upcoming 2012 basketball schedule. You're right, sunday tourney games have concluded for now, but regular season is riddled with Sunday play. Think about it, see if it can sink in. Sunday play in the MidWest is acceptable. Not sure about Orem, but it is throughout the US.

@Duckhunter, looks like you are back commenting on stories that have no foundation, only a glimmer of hope. As I've said to you before, No Big12 offer will come to the Y. Get used to hearing that.

Independence is much better for them anyway, there is a reason why it was so "smart" to start with months ago. Seems like everyone is jumping off of that bandwagon already and you aren't even half way through your season of indepedence.

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