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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 20 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

4 superconferences

0 invites for byu

It's coming

And I love it

Salt Lake City, UT

Besides the Big East, one league might allow ND to keep its "independent" football contract: The Big 12. ND should be romancing the Big 12, and the Big 12 ought to be romancing ND.

The Big 12 is a great basketball and football conference. Adding ND would solve the Big 12's shakiness.

U 90
Corona, CA

Corby, Corby, Corby. Probably the last thing BYU needs at this point in time is to give their opponents bulletin board material.

Bronco supplied last week's BB material for Utah when he said the better team didn't win in the 2010 rivalry game.

I think Y fans have spoken, they want the team and coaches to just shut up.

Murray, UT

Right on. Shut up and play or refund all ticket money for the season.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Was that the weird guy who tackled me on my bike? Oh, forgot, he wasn't even born yet when I was a student back in 1982. Man, that guy was weird.

ND should leave Ind. and join ACC.

Durham, NC

From what I have heard out here in ACC land is the ACC will go to 16 teams in two divisions, with each team playing 8 games in division, and a couple of cross division games. That leaves two "preseason" games left to schedule. If this holds true, and the other "super" conferences do likewise, the options for independent teams to schedule quality opponents becomes really tough.

Its a goofy season we are in, with radical realignment underway. What seemed like a brilliant idea last year now has serious shadows over it. Texas looks like they have given up on the independent idea. If they feel they will have a hard time pulling it off, BYU and ND will surely have their challenges.

But lots of change yet to come - more cards to be dealt. Who knows the final hands each of these teams are holding in a few weeks will look like.

I for one don't want ND in the ACC. I see the fit, but don't want them.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Notre Dame has no need to for a conference affiliation and neither does BYU. They'll gladly sit to the side and watch this mega-conference mess play out...they'll fail just like the expanded WAC did. And the 4 independents will be happily fine through the whole mess.

Salt Lake City, UT

Didn't a ball fly over Eason's head for a TD Saturday because he made the classic Pee Wee mistake of playing the ball and not the man?

Orem, Utah

The only way I see Notre Dame joining a conference is if they can't land their other sports in a viable conference.

Notre Dame doesn't need a BCS conference for its access to BCS bowl games, or even BCS opponents. It already has all that.

It's its other sports that could push it into a superconference. With the impending demise of the Big East, Notre Dame certainly has a decision to make.

However, I believe any combination of the Big XII and Big East would still include the basketball/non-football schools of the Big East, so Notre Dame might still be okay as an independent.

It's hilarious that Thompson thinks Big XII leftovers would join the invisible MWC. Those leftovers would combine with Big East leftovers to make a BCS conference. Duh.

Salt Lake City, UT

If Notre Dame joins a conference for football, than hopefully BYU has something in the works to join one soon as well. And hopefully it is not the Big 12. That conference is as good as dead.

Also, yes Eason did go for the ball as it went over his head for a Ute touchdown. He also dropped an easy interception when BYU was still in it. I don't recall if Utah scored on that drive or not, but the interception potentially could have changed the entire game... actually on second thought our offense probably would have just squandered that opportunity just like they squandered every thing else the defense gave them and the result would have been the same. Oh well.

Murray, UT

Tom Holmoe's Worst Nightmare:
Super conferences form.
BYU left out - forced to remain independent.
Can only schedule nobodies.
Recruiting dries up.
ESPN buys out contract.
LES attendance drops to 15,000 - maybe.
Bowl invites limited to Worthless Bowls; BYU cannot afford to accept.
New Broadcasting building struggles for something to air.
Football program limps along.
Five years from now - school announces that football program is discontinued.
LES becomes college football's finest intramural facility in the nation.

Iowa City, IA

ND to the Big Ten or ACC would be a good fit for those conferences, but I don't see it happening.

For right now, the Big East still exists, as does the Big-12. Regardless of what those conferences do, ND can sit back because they are giants. It's the smaller players (relatively) of the world (TCU, BYU, Pitt) that have to be proactive.


ND doesn't need any conference. They could make their own conference.

As for the BYU defensive player Eason: You should keep your mouth shut about everything for the time being...Heaps and Bronco ought to take the advice too.


ND and BYU to big 12 would solidify the conference a bit, but I don't know if that's a viable option.

West Jordan, UT

Yeah, that video wasn't all that humorous...though it looks like the guy in the video does a better job tackling than the BYU's defense did on Saturday! B^D

Bluffdale, UT

Notre Dame has a sweet BCS deal. There is no reason for ND to join a conference. Notre Dame's deal and BYU's full independence is apples to oranges.


Texas won't go indy without a BCS deal like Notre Dame. I can't imagine that was really considered.
However you add it up, there are not enough schools for the super confrences. BYU will have plenty of games to schedule. For example; Iowa State and Kansas State may be looking for non-AQ homes soon.

Frisco, TX

If the Big 12 implodes, why would the remnants of the Big 12 or Big East go to the MWC? The Big 12 and Big East should merge and pick up the best teams of the MWC and / or Conf USA. The Big 12 still has 2 years of AQ status and it seems it would be easier to convince the BCS to keep the AQ status than to go through the application process.

Keeping TCU and adding Air Force, Boise State, BYU and Houston to the remnants of the Big 12 / Big East is probably strong enough to maintain AQ status. Sure it's not the SEC, but it would be on par with the ACC in football.

The ACC will try to either pick up TX and TT or UConn and ND or UConn and Louisville to be the first conference at 16.

Salt Lake city, UT

corby eason is easily the worst player on byu's defense. add him next to heaps on the list of byu players that shouldn't speak to the press anymore

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

ND should remain Independent until someone is willing to give away the store.

They can spurn any offer knowing full well any "super-conference" would be happy to have ND as a member.

With regard to the UCF story...

DB's are supposed to have a short memory.

However, this BYU DB quoted, seems to be taking this principle to an extreme.

Just a reminder to this player, you and your merry band of brothers were gashed by a slow moving, fraglie QB...


It's time for both the defense and offense to play the way fans were led to believe they could play.

Someone once said..."You either make it happen or you make excuses".

Which is it going to be BYU?

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