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Published: Wednesday, April 20 2011 1:06 p.m. MDT

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Superfly
St. George, UT

Only 3 games have been announced on Friday night. who said anything about wednesday or thursday games? everyone points out the Idaho State game. wow debate 101. bring up BYU vs Texas, BYU vs. Oregon State. BYU vs Utah, BYU vs TCU, BYU vs Ol Miss, BYU vs Hawaii. You don't think these games will draw HUGE crowds?? They're all on saturday too. so dont just point out the Idaho state game and try to make that your best argument. thats like us saying, OH YEA? how bout Utah vs Montana State NO ONE will watch that. but you haven't seen one BYU fan say anything bout that.

Superfly
St. George, UT

Especially if BYU somehow beats ol Miss, Texas AND Utah. You dont think ESPN will jump on the bandwagon and hype BYU like none other? It's all business, can't you see that? ESPN WAAANTS BYU to do well and win these games. Your crazy for thinking nobody will tune in.

sammyg
Springville, UT

@DevilishUte

Your post discounting the brand of BYU and its viewership on ESPN has got to be one of the silliest posts ever on the subject. Congratulations, you're a 'certified' troll.

Jeff ls
Farr West, 84404

Wow, What comments! So no one is going to watch BYU on ESPN. I have a question. If no one wants to watch the cougars play, Why isn't Utah the teams that is constantly being invited to play again teams at Texas Stadium? That huge state of the art stadium that packs them in. Why in the world would BYU be invited a second time? These snide comments are really uncalled for from either party. I want Kyle to be successful, but as in all sports you have to wait and see what happens on the field. Look up, the sun is shinning. It is going to be a great season. Can't wait for September. I am a BYU fan and I am going to watch every Utah football game that I can. I have been practicing my laugh.
Jeff

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Hey, there is an article in the Utah section on Jon Huntsman, Sr. giving another $41 million dollars for a total of almost $1 billion so far to the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute, a now renowned national cancer center for patient care and research. Do you think the PAC 10 presidents were interested in research like that when the invitations went out to join the PAC 12? That HD truck BYU had to offer obviously didn't impress much. I'm sure that is pretty good reading, if you are into cancer research.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

"Do you think the PAC 10 presidents were interested in research like that when the invitations went out to join the PAC 12? That HD truck BYU had to offer obviously didn't impress much"

Dutchman

I'm sure the PAC12 Preidents are just as concerned with the advancement of medical research as they are "doak" awards or other on-field accomplishments.

It's nice to see the U is helping is such advancements and not self serving agendas. Yes, this is a big reason the UofU was invited to join the PAC.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

"Do you think the PAC 10 presidents were interested in research like that when the invitations went out to join the PAC 12?"

Not really.

The PAC just needed another team to fill out the roster so the PAC could hold a championship game. Any warm body would do as long they weren't religious.

sammyg
Springville, UT

@ Dutchman

No Dutchman, I don't think Huntsman's dollars and the Cancer Institute had anything to do with the decision.

Yours is another attempt to make the invitation more than it was. Let's go over the facts.

The PAC-10 wanted to be a super 16 team conference.
Invitations were sent.
Invitations were opened and ignored.
Plan 'B' was implemented to save face and create a 12 team conference to have a championship game.
Leftovers... Colorado and Utah were invited and in a nanosecond accepted.

By the way for a comment to mention Mr. Huntsmans's good work and then to denigrate BYU in the same paragraph somehow just does not seem too appropriate, ya think?

Of course we know that 'trolls' often put their little feet in their own mouths when in fact they ought to be kickin' themselves in the butt instead.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

Couple of things:
1) It's April, and this "article" (links) already has a tons of posts. And they call this the "off" season. Fall cen't get here fast enough.
2) BYU has a prestigious football program. Congrats to the team.
3) I'd watch Fresno State vs LA Tech, but it gets triaged behind other more marquee games. The question isn't will the average college football fan watch the BYU game, the question is will there be any better games on?

From Superfly: "OH YEA? how bout Utah vs Montana State NO ONE will watch that. but you haven't seen one BYU fan say anything bout that."

....until now. And again and again.

From Jeff ls: "These snide comments are really uncalled for from either party...I am a BYU fan and I am going to watch every Utah football game that I can. I have been practicing my laugh."

Trying to figure out the last time a Cougar fan got all preachy early in their post and then broke their own advice later on. Probably yesterday.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Uteanymous,

Using your critical reasoning the BIG 12-2 needs two warm bodies to have a championship game but they haven't called BYU yet have they. Hmmmmm.

Sammyg,

Whether is was the PAC 12 or the PAC 16 it was always going to include Utah, period. End of story. How many times do you need to be told this. Texas A&M was never going to join the PAC and never will. They have a standing invitation to join the SEC. Chip Brown of Austin, Texas has reported on this conclusively. Please stop spreading untruths.

BYU fans denigrate Utah all the time so your comment rings hollow. Other than an athletic program I just don't think BYU had much to offer to the presidents of the PAC 10 who we all know were the ones calling the shots.

The Disillusionist
Alexandria, VA

No matter how you size it up, U of U = filler.

CG
Orem, UT

Dutchman

The Big 12 will call BYU when they're ready to have a championship game. BYU's athletic programs and fan base bring much more to the table than Utah ever dreamed of. For the Big 12, inviting BYU will add much to the conference than simply the ability to hold a championship game in football.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

"The Big 12 will call BYU when they're ready to have a championship game"

CG,

I hate to break it to you but no BCS conference will ever invite BYU. Way, way, way to much baggage.

Deep down you and all your troll friends know the reason. Best you just focus on that little BYutv thing you hatched up.

Again, as much as you want the phone to ring... it never will.

crowntown1
Corona, CA

Byu is irrelevant because they have not gone to a BCS game yet. I didn't say win a BCS game I said actually play in one. It's the same pre season hype with BYU fans another mythical run at a New Mexico bowl or Vegas bowl berth. You guys are/were good in the MTN. that's it! If you couldn't win the conf and go to a BCS game while your days in the MTN. competing against top teams such as New Mexico,UNLV,Utah St,Colo St,Whyoming,SDSU, there's no way you will go now.

PAC 12 loves U
Sandy, Utah

Hey, byu finally got some ESPN coverage. According to espn.com, Andrea Adelson is a blogger for non-aq schools. Independent schools such as Notre Dame and byu fall under her jurisdiction as "non-aq" schools. Thats pretty interesting!

sammyg
Springville, UT

Dutchman, yes, fans take pot shots at each other all the time. Mixing it with Mr. Huntsman to somehow to elevate your point over BYU... classless.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

If going to a BCS game is what makes a team relevent, then UConn is a relevent program. Agreed?

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

Oooh, let me try this game! So... BYU's School of Music just got a large anonymous donation, so BYU is clearly better than the U of U. Ha!

Sounds silly to me. Does it sound silly to anyone else?

The PAC didn't pick BYU for non-sports and non-academic reasons. BYU has plenty of academic strengths that appeal to other universities (few universities have a higher percentage of students who continue to excel in graduate school). The exclusion was purely political (religious). It is unkown whether a major conference is willing to accept BYU's culture, but that is what would stop BYU from getting an invite in the future (not academics or sports). Can we move on from this topic?

The Disillusionist
Alexandria, VA

Re: hedgehog

"Again, as much as you want the phone to ring... it never will."

Another one of your ridiculous prophecies. With your track-record, BYU can probably expect a phone call any time now.

The dust may have settled in the conference realignment picture for the present, but it is not going to stay that way. If independence works out well for BYU, it may not matter.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Here are the facts again. Sammyg and others please memorize this. Your misleading comments over the past few months are becoming drivel. In the end, all that matters is that there were only two possible scenarios and they both included Utah. Utah was in, no matter which way it would have played out. If Texas said no it was going to be the PAC-12 with Utah and Colorado. If Texas said yes it was going to be the PAC-16 with Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Utah, and Colorado. Texas A&M was NEVER going to join the PAC under any circumstances, so it's irrelevant to consider an impossible scenario. The only scenarios that were ever actually possible were PAC-16 with Utah or PAC-12 with Utah. Scott was never going to invite Kansas. That was a rumor of desperation floated by the Kansas athletic department and was never going to happen. As for BYU joining the BIG 12, I wish BYU well and maybe it will happen but keep in mind that the Texas AD Deloss Dodds has stated in an interview with Chip Brown that the BIG 12 will not expand without Notre Dame.

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