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Published: Tuesday, June 21 2011 9:00 a.m. MDT

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South Jordan, UT


We barely know you but on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Utes, we are glad we do know you.

Pocatello, ID

Every time I hear Scott speak reminds me how glad I am Thompson is not at the helm of our conference

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

I will hardly label Scott as brilliant considering he allowed a non-contributor to take millions of what wasn't theirs.

Kearns, UT

@Bottom Line

Where have you been? BYU was not invited to the Pac-12. Why are you acting like they were and calling them out?

Salt Lake City, ut

@Bottom Line
That is pretty low why are you bashing the cougars? I mean it was bad enough they werent invited but to call them a non contributer!
Anyways I enjoy reading about Scott, he seems like a decent guy unlike the Thompson dude. It will be exciting to watch the Pac 12 compete.

Ann Arbor, MI


Typical Ute fan to call the the Cougars as non contributers. Yes, I know even Hawaii has more BCS clout than BYU but come on... they beat UTEP last year.

Hayden, ID

I have been wondering all day what "emotional intelligence" means! I know what emotions are and I know what intelligence means but the two words used together sounds like an oxymoron to me. The only thing I can come up with in my research is that is has no meaning! Can someone out there help those of us who can't grasp such an abstract non-concept?

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

To all Ute fans enamored with the brilliance of Larry Scott because he allowed the greatest heist in sports history to occur by inviting an atheletic program that in the words of many affiliated with the Pac 10 did not add one dollar to the Pac 12 TV contract. Yes we are talking about the Utes. Not one dollar was added to the TV deal. I will reserve my perspective on brilliance to Dr Hill for pulling this deal off. Dr Hill is a genious plain and simple to have pick pocketed the leaders of the pack. Of course, his experience of riding coatails for money is deep from his time in the MWC letting big brother pull the heavy load. If you need evidence, look at the upcoming exposure agreements. Utah basically has zero TV coverage while BYU's is abundant.

Hank Pym

re: Mountanman | 7:18 p.m. June 21, 2011

I agree. Emotional intelligence is one of those silly buzzwords that means you have empathy or like Bill Clinton they are really good at "feeling your pain"

Utesville, CA

Hmmm...non contributor...let's see...

In MWC football, Utah won for the conference millions with 2 BCS games plus other bowls.
Same for TCU's 2 BCS games.

BYU, on the other hand, got a few bowls of under 1 mil each....

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

I was disappointed that the article did not talk about Tom Holmoe. Tom needs to be recognized for his brillant move in moving all sports but football to an even lesser conference than the old MWC. He also needs to be recognized for pulling out of the MWC in football and going independent (Which, by the way, had nothing to do with Utah being invited to the Conference of Champions)like Army and Navy.

Orem, UT


"In MWC football, Utah won for the conference millions with 2 BCS games plus other bowls."

Don't kid yourself, it wasn't that much. All five non-BCS conferences share in the revenue from non-AQ teams playing in a BCS bowl.

In 2009, when TCU and Boise State both played in a BCS game, non-BCS conferences made a record $24m, of which, the MWC got $9.8m, or a little over $1m per team. Of course, the participating teams get a much larger share.

In 2008, when Utah played in the Sugar Bowl, non-BCS teams got a total of $19.3m. The MWC got about $7.8m. It was about half that when Utah played in the Fiesta Bowl in 2004.

Bottom line: BYU will make more in one regular season game this year as an Independent, than the Cougars received from Utah playing in two BCS games.


Bottom Line,

At the very least, the addition of the Utes and Buffaloes has brought 25 million dollars to the conference since that is how much Fox has agreed to pay for the Pac-12 Championship game in football.

How much money Utah will bring to the Pac-12 is speculative at this point. In a few years, we will be able to see how many more television sets were tuned in to Pac-12 games and compare that with Pac-10 viewership.

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

@ Utah 95. The 25 million was a product of 2 warm bodies regardless of who they were. It could have been Utah State and Idaho State. It doesn't mean that Utah St brought 12.5 million. Look I am just saying that Chris Hill is the genious here.

Orem, UT

Otis Spurlock

Your jealousy notwithstanding, Tom Holmoe should be recognized for trading in the MTN and the worst conference television package in Div 1A for an 8-year contract with the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

Net result for BYU and Utah:

BYU is already scheduled to play SEVEN games on ESPN this year.
Utah is only playing on ESPN once, courtesy of BYU.

btw, the top of the WCC will be on par with the MWC and adding just a few solid OOC opponents will keep BYU's RPI right about where it was in the MWC, maybe even a little better, and

BYU will be playing at least a dozen basketball games on ESPN next season, compared to one nationally televised game on CBS last season.

From an exposure standpoint, which Holmoe stated up front was BYU's primary goal for going Independent, BYU got exactly what it was looking for,

which, btw, is head-and-shoulders better exposure-wise than what Utah will have this coming season -- that's not even debateable.

Saint George, UT

Read the article on the power conference pac.10, 151 bowl games an astounding 51.6% won, utah will fit right in and maybe get 50% winning season. So that in mind they are equal to the conference as a whole.

Highland, UT

@Bottom Line

I don't think chris hill is a genious, more or less he was in the right place at the right time. To an extent I agree that utah was simply a warm body but they were also almost the only warm body that fit what the pac10 needed. If you scan the rest of the western half of the U.S. there really isn't anyone else. BYU is inarguably superior athletically but just about everything else about BYU does not fit in with the pac10.

Really colorado and utah were the only choices. They were in the two big biggest metro areas the pac10 wasn't currently in, they are good schools academically, definately superior to any of the other western state run schools not currently in the pac10, they have decent state backing, they both have moderately decent athletic programs, neither is great but they are both better than any of the other western state schools top to bottom.

They simply were the only choices based on what the pac10 had for their criteria. Really the next two best options would have been San Diego St. and UNLV so that tells you what they were choosing from.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

The only thing Chris Hill did was accept the PAC 10's invitation after Texas decided to stay in the Big 12.

Larry Scott swung for a homerun and got a bloop single.

As Bottom Line said, the PAC 10 just needed two warm bodies. They could just as easily have been Idaho and Utah State.

1984 for life
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Duckhunter | 9:29 a.m. June 22, 2011
Highland, UT

Do you need a tissue?

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Why so many comments from Utah haters? We (BYU) are perfectly happy in the Independant Conference, aren't we?

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