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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 6:48 p.m. MST

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NightOwlAmerica
SALEM, OR

OK.

Not surprised. Can't wait to hear from Daffy DuckHunter about BYU not giving in to negotiations for an invite.
Some people will never figure out what invite means.

TheAtheist
SLC, UT

BYU missed the ship that launched when the big 12 expanded. I believe they are better off independent then joining the big east.

I guess BYU still has those 8:15 kick offs and two byes to get through that tough WAC schedule in November to look forward to.

54 - 10

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

BYU now has two avenues to pursue.

1) Forge another conference in the West; pull in Boise State, Air Force, Houston, Nevada, etc. or...

2) Get VERY serious about independence. Stop talking to other conferences about hopping on board. The AQ thing is dead.

Newspaper Reader
Highland, UT

Great news!

EdCullen
Orem, UT

I gotta admit, a big part of me is breathing a sigh of relief.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Glad to hear it! Not that I was totally against BYU going to the Big East, but because BYU would have to give up too much to do so, and be right back where they were (exposure-wise) when they were in the MWC.

Louisville also wants out (to the Big 12), so it'll be interesting to see what the Big 12 does about that, and the need to get to 12 or more to keep their conference from being raided again down the road. BYU's talks with the Big 12 might not be totally over. They're running out of choices to get to 12 teams.

The Big East won't maintain AQ status for long, either because there won't be enough good teams in it, or because the BCS removes AQ from all conferences. Either way, BYU is better off independent.

I'm now looking forward to seeing how all those BCS schools friendly to BYU will get scheduled from 2013 on.

majmajor
Layton, UT

The Big-12 would have been worth more. I didn't think that the Big-East was worth anything. The talk is that the SEC, Big-12 and the PAC-12 want to lock-out the Big-East and possiably the ACC from any future BCS-like agreement.

Independence for BYU is just as good as the Big-East and far better than the MWC.

BYU's attorneys sure are taking some heat. Maybe someone should have not wasted everyone's time and worked the ESPN issue, before working the easy stuff.

If this report is true, BYU hasn't lost anything.

Juice Box
Eureka, UT

And there goes the "relevance" out the window...

liberaldrew
AMERICAN FORK, UT

I wonder if BYU leadership knows how bad they look right now? Not just to the Big East, but to any major College Football Conference in this country. This is the second major conference in a row that BYU has alienated. All the behind the scene complaints from MWC teams seem to be valid. BYU is coming off like an elitist school that is hard to work with. They are now going to have a really bad reputation. They want something that no other school in a major conference has, which is rights to their home games. I hope the lawyers at BYU are fired, I hope that the leadership of the LDS church can see how much damage this will cause to the opinion by others of the LDS church. The excuse would be "we don't care what others think" but that simply isn't true, my example is how many people don't think the LDS church is Christian and how the LDS church and its members have tried to show that it is Christian. You do care what others think, why alienate 2 major conferences and basically black ball us from all the other major conferences?

CaliforniaCougar
Lake Elsinore, CA

Thank goodness!

The Big 12 was not in our best interests.

The Big East is definitely not in our best interests.

Both conferences are losing teams, not gaining teams. Why jump on the Titanic?

BYU is on national TV every week. No need to give that up just to get a conference trophy.

Stay the course. Being independent is the best option right now.

Luv 2 Troll U
Sandy, UT

No biggie, even though the idea of joining the Big East was the greatest thing since sliced bread about a week ago... everyone REALLY wanted Independence anyways.

I mean, who wants to have a chance to play for a BCS bowl, anyways?

Resolute Voice
Deseret, UT

The march towards mediocrity and virtually no relevance to anyone important continues. The reality that BYU fans refuse to face is that the ESPN contract is not the same as one that say Texas, or Notre Dame could negotiate. BYU is a small university in Utah with what I am afraid to say an overinflated sense of worth. BYU is not Notre Dame, Texas, Alabama, or USC. They are not on that level so they need to stop acting like it. Why play chicken with your future? The reality rapidly approaching BYU is being on the same level as SJSU. Only the die hard fan refuses to recognize that the 14 or 16 team super conferences means no one (of importance) has to schedule BYU. Naïve BYU fans point to the big names coming to LES in the future, but what they all deny is that those contracts can be cancelled at a moments notice. Oh sure the teams will pay the penalty, but in the end it is one more SJSU, Utah St, or New Mexico St that BYU will have to schedule. How long do you think season ticket holders will pay to see that?

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

Spectacular implosion, helmet stickers for everyone!

U Student Y Fan
Woods Cross, UT

I'm becoming increasingly embarrassed by the delusion of independence. This year's schedule is terrible, and contrary to the "scheduling takes time" cop out, it will not improve significantly. As conferences expand, big teams will have fewer non-conference openings and less incentive to play a team like BYU.

After seeing the pathetic development that is the 2011 season, BYU should be running to a conference.

If tv rights killed the Big 12 deal, Holmoe and the other decision makers may be the most incompetent and/or delusional negotiators in sports history.

I guess at least we will continue to be "exposed" by the few decent teams we play each year on ESPN as recruits start to avoid this train wreck of a program like the plague.

majmajor
Layton, UT

"CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that San Diego State of the Mountain West is the Big East's next western target."

The Big-East is really scraping the bottom of the barrel if they want San Diego State in football. San Diego State's weak football teams would actually hurt the conference's chances of retaining a BCS berth.

San Diego State BASKETBALL - yes, football - no.

Calif
PETALUMA, CA

It is kind of hard to give TV rights away to be in a bigger league.

If it was say PAC12 knocking that would be different.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

BYU should have been honest upfront and said to both the Big 12 and Big East that they had no interest in joining a BCS conference and preferred their current setup with their ESPN TV deal. This of course would have brought to light to their fans that they have no interest in competition on the national stage but that their interest is purely money. Beating smaller schools at low-peak viewing hours is too good to pass up.

Unfortunately, they have made their independence deal a lot tougher by burning bridges with the MWC, Big 12, and Big East. Most of the PAC-12 won't schedule BYU either since they pulled the religious discrimination card. The Big 10, ACC and SEC will demand two for one games. What's left? The MAC, Sun Belt, C-USA, independents, and FCS teams (the WAC will dissolve)--meh.

The U and USU will stop scheduling them, too. Utah will want a two for one, and USU will not accept a two for one.

BYU needs to learn to play better in the sandbox with everyone. I feel sorry for the schedule maker and the fans. Way to wimp out BYU!

El Chango Supremo
Rexburg, ID

I must admit, I'm a little disappointed! There were a lot of good match-ups to be had... SMU, Houston, Boise State, Air Force, Navy, along with existing Big East Schools... Would have been fun! And, I think that BYU would have been in the running for a conference championship in most years.

Big Rock
Salt Lake City, UT

This is great news for all of the football powers in Idaho.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Thanksgiving troll comments begin in 3...2...1...

Well there you have it sports fans and BYU-haters. Obviously the invite was genuine, something that several said would never happen.

Independence will be just fine and next season will be better and 2013 will be something to really get pumped for. I'm patient, always have been.

Go Cougars!

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