I think a Big 12 invitation for BYU is inevitable. As John Wilner pointed out
in his San Jose Mercury News Column, there is mounting political heat from some
legislative members in Texas to force Houston on them, but the way around it is
to land BYU immediately, and they can close the door on this for a while. This
is how Larry Scott and the Pac 12 got around the Baylor issue is they made
Colorado's offer immediate, and after Texas and its clinging entourage of
schools decided to keep the Big 12 intact (after A&M tipped their hand that
they preferred to go SEC), the invitation to Utah came down. There is little
doubt that this will be the paved road for BYU to be part of any super-leagues
than Independence over the long haul. The signing of Weber State for 2012
announced yesterday should be a tell-tale sign of something coming to replace a
2nd year of WAC cup-cakes.
Thanks wer for the clarification..I was confused also...your explanation helps..
Did anyone else find the last statement about Unga "leaving the Bears"
confusing. I thought he quit the team until I pursued the link that indicated he
left the Bears with an excused absence to deal with a personal matter. This was
a temporary situation, not leaving football.
A year ago I would have been happy to have my alma mater (BYU) to have been the
one to receive the PAC invite. But over the course of the year, I believe
"independence" is a better route for the Y - even better than a PAC
invite...and I think to any conference. Additionally, I am thrilled that the
Cougars out OUT of the MWC. Looking forward to watching the games on TV without
having to subscribe to the Mtn/Versus!! That said, I am even happier this year
that BYU did NOT get the PAC invite, hope that they pursue independence for the
foreseeable future (even if other opportunities come along) because it will
allow BYU more leverage...and wish Utah the best in the PAC12. Both schools are
pursuing opportunities best for their respective programs. This will be a fun
and interesting year to watch football!
I know football pays the bills for almost every other sport at BYU, but I hope
BYU considers the other sports when looking at a possible Big 12 invite. It's
going to become obvious as this school year plays out that we are too big for
the WCC. I would suspect that WCC schools will start to see this too and might
"encourage" us to move onto a bigger conference. BYU
football could keep scheduling west coast/east coast non-conference games that
bring the BYU brand to other parts of the country...AND play Kansas and other
top Big 12 opponents at the Marriott Center every year
Hope Harvey makes it with the Bears!
If the Big 12 comes calling BYU to join them in the 2012 season, they will
likely turn down the offer UNLESS the Big 12 provides a number of guarantees
that protect BYU's control of its exposure, AND ensures an equitable transition
of the other sports from the WCC, et al.Also, if the Big 12 is only
using BYU to replace Texas A&M, that might deter accepting an invitation,
too, as the Big 12 would still be too small (at 10 teams) to ensure its future
as a BCS conference.I see BYU jumping at a Big 12 invite if the Big
12 is also expanding to at least 12 teams (and maybe 16) at the same time. Then
the conference's future in the BCS is stronger. Plus, once in a BCS conference,
if it's cut up, BYU's chances of getting into another one is greater.I'm hoping the SEC and others don't expand too soon to allow BYU to reap the
benefits of independence. BYU will be in a much stronger bargaining position
after several years of independence success. They might even decide to remain
that way, regardless.It's obvious Holmoe hasn't shut doors!