Let's hope so. I can't take another season of playing BCS opponents the first 3
or 4 weeks and then a list of Idaho, Idaho State, New Mexico State, etc etc etc.
It wouldn't bother me either way. I just wish it was over with and stable in
whatever form it is going to end up in. There is speculation on literally every
possibility. I don't think superconferences are the way to go. Fans would be the
losers and greed and egos would win. By the time the final dust settles,
BYU will end up in a good place regardless.If Texas wants the BIG 12 to
survive,they will have to get some humility. I am not sure even a sledge hammer
to the head would be able to accomplish that.
I agree that I would rather watch a BYU vs. Big 12 conference games (win or
lose) then this year's second half schedule. I think BYU should take the
invite if it comes. Independence has it benefits but it will never get BYU in
the National Championship game even if they go undefeated. Maybe a BCS but not
the NC game (just ask Utah, TCU, Boise St). If the Big 12 becomes unstable and
not a good fit, then BYU jumps back into Independence. Could BYU bring
the ESPN contract to the Big 12 schedule? That would be a good thing for the Big
If the conference is stable and if BYUTV gets to broadcast games not broadcast
by other outlets then I think BYU should go for it. If not, see how
independence plays out.A Big 12 with Airforce and TCU would be
great. BYU would not win many championships either way but when they did, it
would be sweet. No more winning 1/2 of the conference titles in the Big 12.
It is interesting to see what happens to many BYU fans if we don't win 1/2 the
championships. I would be happy to be in the Big 12 (if it lasts) and would
enjoy the competiton. I think we need to get in to BCS league to help us avoid
purgatory if super conferences do happen.
BYU would be crazy not to accept an invite to a Big 12, even if there weren't
any promises beyond a five-year period. BYU playing in the middle of the Big 12
and finishing 8-4 or 7-5 every year (losing 3 conference games a year), would be
more exciting and rewarding than Independence and finishing 10-2 or 9-3 every
year. The season would be more interesting, the competition would be better,
and the potential for having a truly big season (with a couple of upsets) would
be something to always look forward to.
Considering:byu has one of the worst offenses in the nationUCF has one of the best defenses in the nationBYU can't runBYU can't score more than 1 offensive touchdown per game(self imposed
limit)UCF if FULL of athletesbyu has maybe 5 athletes on
the entire teamSpeed killsbyu never does well against
speed and athletesIt's a no brainerUCF 31byu 101-3.AgainSoon to be 1-4.Again.GO UCF!
ESPN has one report saying Missouri and the SEC have reached an informal
agreement, and another reporting the SEC denying it.Of course there
had also been a few reports on ESPN wherein the SEC claimed they were set at 12,
and not looking to expand. And that was AFTER reports surfaced chronicling
Texas A&M's flirtation with the SEC. Jeff Call is reporting
that "[Missouri] would prefer remaining in a stable Big 12," but I'm
not confident the Big TeX can be described as "stable". This is a
conference that already lost 2 [Colorado and Nebraska], is clinging tenuously to
a 3rd [Texas A&M, who having already received an invitation to the SEC is
angling to get out and join them], and a 4th [Oklahoma] who is demanding their
commissioner be ousted as a condition to remain.And Mizzou stands to
earn more money in the SEC than in the Big TeX.So how would
remaining in their current conference suggest greater stability?And
what would happen to the Big XII should it be further weakened by the Tigers
Oh good....Chris "B" (indeed) has reared his level, unbiased head.
Once again, I have to ask Chris why he is such an avid follow of everything BYU,
if he hates us so much?Regarding an invite to the Big XII; I would
be really exited were it to go through, it would mean a lot of great things for
us. BUT...if we are invited and don't accept, then I would expect that we have
very, very good reason for doing so.
BYU missed it's invitation to the Prom when Miss Utah got the call. Fine it was
due to religion and politics. So we went alone to the dance and stood proudly
in the center of the room. Turns out we look super fine - perhaps not the best
looking option in the room but certainly an option. We are talked about,
discussed in secret circles, in the open forums while waiting for the call.Meanwhile Miss Utah continues to enjoy her moment in the sunshine. (Yes
you own this year but it will not last - parity is funny that way)But lets be honest - we want the invite, badly. We need it to have any chance
of ever making the Prom Court and standing on that stage again. So
to our good friends in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri - let us join
you and become your new darling - we will continue to shine and make ya'all look
fine. By the way we come fully equipped with a High Def TV Station,
fans that travel, and great skiing. PS - If its okay with you will
continue to go out with our new friends in the WCC for Basketball.
Chris B, I think that is proof that you don't even read the articles since your
post is totally irrelevant. I think BYU should join as a football
only member, at least for the first couple of years, so if the conference does
fold it would be easy for them to go back to being independent
If BYU doesn't join the Big 12, Tom Holmoe and Cecil Samuelson should be fired.
It is better to be part of something than nothing these days. And if worse came
to worse, what would that be? They could always go back to the MWC or
independence. Hey, they are independent now.
I hope that BYU does get an invite and accepts to join the Big 12. The program
has proven over a long period of time that they belong. However, Bronco needs
to get a handle on why the team "gave up" once they were down on
Saturday because in the Big 12, there will be many opportunities to "give
Tom Holmoe can be fired. For Cecil Samuelson, I think the proper term is
Hope the invite comes. Not a Y fan, but I would hate to see it languish in
no-mans-land if a super conference forms.Very glad PAC 12 declined
to add the new schools. They seem to create problems wherever they go. That
and it would cut into Utah's So Cal exposure.
ChrisB why do you have to be so negative? Life is sure a lot more than making
negative comments about BYU. You do need to get a life. The bible says that
contention is of the Devil. Let's address the issues, not our prejudices.
As a Ute fan I have actually changed my mind on this. Before last week I was
hoping BYU would die a slow and painfull death by not getting into a BCS
confernce. But after the beat down we put on you last Saturday, if you do go off
into football irrelevancy, such future beatdowns on you just wouldn't be that
much fun. So all I can say is if an invite is extended to you by the Big 12,
jump on it. Go Utes!!
They'll invite BYU but I'm not sure BYU would accept...they have everything they
need right now.
Let's face it; it's all about football and the heck with the other sports. IF
super conferences are coming, BYU will have to affiliate with someone or risk
being one of the "have nots" i.e. MWC, C-USA, WAC. But let's not jump
in just for the sake of jumping it so as not to be left out. Let's make sure
whatever conference BYU goes for will be solvent and competitive. Think long
term not just this year; maybe BYU should have stayed in the MWC - along with
TCU. And while we're at it, let's not forget there are other sports at BYU,
albeit mostly non-revenue producing. Right now, some are in the WCC, one in the
WAC - for this year - and some without a conference affiliation. Would be nice
to give all sports the same conference home. But it is about football and money,
@IDC"If the conference is stable and if BYUTV gets to broadcast
games not broadcast by other outlets"Oh, that would be a
problem. Oklahoma is already upset that Texas has its own network and that was
what kept the four of them from joining the PAC-12 which wants revenue equality.
I don't think they'd be thrilled to see BYU bring in another network.
if the Y gets the invite - go and don't look back!
A@DC is correct; Pac-12 wouldn't allow the LHN but Big 12 might allow BYU to
rebroadcast games on BYUtv. Still...Big 12?? They'd need a few other teams too.
And is anyone SURE Texas et al wouldn't bolt if given a chance? Is that BYU's
best bet for conference affiliation?
Okay, seriously, this will not work. Why? Because the no-play Sunday rule that
is BYU, which I live and respect. Will the Church back away from this
requirement? Next, two networks won't work. Why? Look at the preception and
acceptance of OU with the LHN, won't work. Lastly, BYU fans you DO NOT want to
be in the BIG-12 for travel destinations alone. Living in the midwest I can
affirmatively tell you that winter games are terrible. Texas games won't be too
bad but anything North of there is terrible from about mid October on and all of
August is rough in Texas...the towns, barring Texas towns, are boring and have
NOTHING to do but drink and party...seriously...stay independent...
@alt134 I don't think they would be thrilled either but BYUTV isn't going to be
pulling in 15 million a year for 20 years. It will give Big 12 fans a chance to
see the conference games not televised as well.
If the invitation comes, JOIN THE BIG 12. Holmoe would be an absolute fool to
turn it down. The potential downside is much greater and more likely than the
potential upside of remaining independent. Last season and last week just
cannot happen as an independent without completely ruining BYU football. But
they are and may continue. We could again this year be 0-2 against in-state
teams. Take the invite!
It would be a great opportunity for the Cougars to get an invite from the
Big-12.Wouldn't it be awesome to have two BCS teams 45 minutes from
each other? In my personal opinion, the rivalry would take a step up in
intensity.Hopefully this opportunity happens BYU! More importantly,
hopefully you jump on it! It would be great for the university and state.GO UTES!!
@IDCTrue, so I guess ideally my comment should go from would to
could. Now that I think about it, the PAC-12 cared so much about revenue
equality that they forced USC and UCLA to conform. I wonder if that was an issue
they would have with BYU.
@BYU Joe...you need to familiarize yourself with the towns in which you would
travel to before you make such a bold statement that your fans will be willing
to travel to MO in November with the wonderful freezing rain and humid
bone-chilling cold. In addition, it is a rather poorly thought out statement
that your network would even be acceptable to the BIG-12 as it is evident that
the only team that likes such a network is Texas and to think that a second
would be welcomed is a streeeeetch. Lastly, there is no such a concept as
parity in college sports. There are the have's and the have not's, which is
called the BCS system. Until that is eliminated, parity is only found in the
law of football consecration.
It seems like everyone here has an opinion (right or wrong) about the Big 12
(namely Texas and Oklahoma). Oklahoma is not jealous of the Longhorn Network
like some of you would believe. In fact, OU would love to have a network of its
own. They've addressed this issue many times. The schools will now
get together to discuss conference stability. All things will be on the table,
except the Longhorn Network (per UT's athletic director). The Longhorn network
is non-negotiable. The Big 12 is currently the only conference that
allows its member schools to have their own networks. This is why Notre Dame
and BYU would be perfect fits.
Grab it. Before we lose to Idaho State on national TV.
We need to get humble and start writing letters of intent.Texas A&M
announced with a letter their intent. So did OK. So did Pitt and Syracuse. So
did Missouri. Texas is too proud but still set up meetings with Larry Scott.I have not heard anything from BYU. Are we so sure we can afford to be the
1960's girl waiting by the phone? Let's get active with this.
Wouldn't they be even more humiliated than last week?Maybe wait a bit and
try to walk the walk, dance the dance, then quietly whisper that the team might
be improving?Watched BYU and this strange egomania since 1972.
>>>It is interesting to see what happens to many BYU fans if we don't
win 1/2 the championships.LCP Duke, aren't we already seeing that?
BYU didn't win half of the Mountain West football championships either. Did
BYU's fan base fall apart because of that? In 12 seasons, BYU won the
championship 3 1/3 times. Utah won it 3 1/3 times. TCU won it 3 times.
Colorado State won it 2 1/3 times. Even if you count the three-way shared title
as a full title, BYU (and Utah) each won the championship 1/3 of the time.I have confidence that BYU's fanbase would remain intact and would
probably grow if BYU joined the Big 12. I think that would be a good more.
I love how Larry Scott just played the part of marriage counselor and told Texas
and Oklahoma to "go home and work it out." IMHO, a stable Big 12
would be the best solution right now.It would seem that among the
Ute fans posting here the consensus is that, should a Big 12 invite come, BYU
should jump at it. I wholeheartedly agree - and we Cougar fans should take some
careful notes from our Ute fan brethren: there is a sense of prestige and
long-term stability that comes with a ticket to a BCS AQ conference. Like it or
not, we're never going to get that through independence. What's the difference
between Utah's program today vs. a year ago? In substance, probably not much -
but there's a whole new attitude and feel about it that will provide a definite
recruiting advantage, not to mention the serious PAC-12 paychecks to come.Regarding MO and the SEC, the latest reports on ESPN are that the SEC
has no intention of inviting MO to join. So MO stays with the Big 12.
I now have to demand that people leave Chris B. alone. Yes, he is obsessed---but
he accurately predicted a big blowout by the U in Provo. I thought the Utes had
a great chance but I couldn't have called that like he did. Instead of knocking
him posting on BYU stories, admit that the guy nailed it and give him a hearty
RedUte | 3:26 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 MAPLE VALLEY, WA "As a Ute
fan I have actually changed my mind on this. Before last week I was hoping BYU
would die a slow and painfull death by not getting into a BCS confernce. But
after the beat down we put on you last Saturday..."I hope that
no local team has to experience the same comedy of errors that BYU experienced
last Saturday. As a BYU fan, I wish your team well the rest of this year. I think that a BYU vs Utah connection would be better for both teams if
the games were between PAC and Big-12 teams. It would make the game great, and
add a national interest to the game. This is probably the best reason for BYU to
join the Big-12 (followed by the scheduling issues).The Big-12 needs
to get fixed / stabilized before BYU decides. BYU is better off as an
independent than in a messed up conference.
I'm confused. I thought being an Independent was awesome.If so, why
would BYU consider joining a league?
I really don't see BYU being invited to the Big-12 or any other BCS conference.
As with the PAC-12, where 3 school presidents threatened to veto a BYU invite, I
imagine that that would be probable behavior from any other BCS conference. BYU
is just a struggling mid-major football program that has tons of
"OTHER" negative baggage that BCS conferences most likely don't want
to deal with. As it stands today, I've heard nothing about a BYU Big-12 invite
from any school or conference official and Big-12 news is on here in Dallas
What's the worst thing that could happen by joining the BIG 12? It breaks up
and BYU becomes a former BIG 12 team who is then an independent. That is a
whole lot more marketable than being a former MWC team that is now
independent.What's the best thing that could happen? BYU gets into
a BCS conference (and we have endless comments from insecure Ute fans about how
much better the Pac 12 is.) BYU probably doesn't go to a BCS bowl right away,
but we get OU and Texas and Oklahoma State in Provo instead of Idaho, Idaho
State and New Mexico State. This is a no brainer. From a fan's perspective,
this is a LOT better scenario.
atcof course chrissy b didn't read the article. he like me is a utah grad
mgr63 | 6:26 p.m. : You may be right, but multiple reports from ESPN and SI have
said that the Big 12 has BYU on a short list of candidates to join the
conference, and that the conference has already reached out to BYU, Louisville
and West Virginia to express interest. Given the current environment, this
likely doesn't mean much, but I doubt the conference would have BYU on a short
list of candidates if there were serious objections among any of the member
schools.When BYU was previously mentioned as a Pac-10 expansion
candidate, these comments were always from media speculation, never attributed
to the conference itself. Glen Tuckett said that he knew the Pac-10 was a no-go
20 years ago. I see a difference here.I think if UT/OU can put a
5-year agreement in place, we'll see 3 invites in short order, and hopefully BYU
is on that list.
BYU joining the WCC and then announcing it will leave in a year will be bad PR
for BYU and lds church. Their leaders know this and won't do this to the other
religious institutions in the WCC. BYU should have stuck around 1
more year in the MWC. Now TCU will join the Big12 instead of BYU.
@ Dee J, there have been dozens of pundits talking about it........but no Big-12
school or official has mentioned BYU once. I just think that BYU as a package is
very unattractive and a BCS conference won't make any accommodations in
scheduling based upon LDS Church requirements. Academia at BYU is not a
mainstream education in the least, which I believe that and the social issues
attached to the church as well is not a good thing. It remains to be seen, but I
really think that some schools in every conference would veto BYU.
BYU and thier incluence ruined the WAC. It turn BYU reeked havoc on the MWC (a
conference they forced to be founded). Who would trust these folks.... An
athletic organization.... run at Gods U, I think not. You have burned your
bridges BYU... beter be careful and not oust yourselves anymore. BYU in in a
very weak posiion for any kind of negotiation.
So much for being "Independant"
bgl | 5:43 p.mYour right, Chris got it close didn't he? Well one out
of 100 is such a great thing right? I mean I bet that if I predict the outcome
against Utah with every game and every sport, I will get two out of a 100 which
means I win! I mean, how much do you even know this guy. We sit
through every basketball and football season listening to him predict on every
game well, duhhhhh some times your gonna get lucky.
I have to admit, I have seen some pretty stupid posts here tonight. 1) BYU did
NOT ruin the WAC, BYU MADE the WAC. The WAC decided to try the first 16 team
conference and it was a complete failure. Learn your college football history.
All 8 original members of the MWC had enough. 2) BYU MADE the MWC. The MWC
decided to create an unbelievably stupid TV deal that few teams liked. And by
the way, Utah left first. 3) The WCC had to be aware that they weren't going to
keep BYU forever. They're not dumb. It may happen that BYU will leave earlier
than expected. 4) BYU would be crazy not to accept an invite to the Big 12. It
will be a great conference in both football and basketball, even if it's only
for the next 3-5 years.
They better. They sure underestimated being Independent. They need to get back
to relevance and turn their program around. I think it's a lot more serious than
they think. Their program is on its way down the toilet. Their Athletic Director
may cause BYU athletics to wither away and die. I hope he makes the right
decision to search for a way to join just so they don't get "left
out". This decision will change BYU's future to good or gone.
Miss Chrissy! One in a row! Yes!
@mgr63Did you read the news in Dallas? Here's two different
articles."As for bringing in new members, Dodds said he likes
the 10-team model the league currently has. He acknowledged the league is
considering BYU as the 10th member once Texas A&M leaves in 2012""Then a decision is made on whether to go to 10 or 12. Figure on
Brigham Young getting an invite for sure. TCU will have to make a decision
whether to stay "home" in Texas or go ahead with the Big East. Houston
may be a player too."
As much as I have hoped for (and still hope for and expect) a Big-12 invite, as
others have pointed out, travel may be an issue especially for the
"minor" sports teams at BYU as well as fans who might have been
willing to make trips to Arizona, Colorado and California but not to Iowa or
Kansas. A wayward Ute friend who went to Ames, IA for the Utah-ISU game last
year told me that the flight connections were suboptimal and that Ames was
"less attractive than Tooele" (whatever that means). Apparently
getting to Manhattan and Lawrence, KS, Stillwater, OK, Columbia, MO and Waco, TX
is no piece of cake either. A fellow BYU alum whose opinion I have valued in
the past thinks that the Big-12 is not a natural fit for BYU and would prefer to
see BYU and TCU in the MWC helping it achieve AQ status. But, I just don't see
BYU turning away from the increased exposure and revenue that would come from
Big-12 membership. We should understand, though, that the Big-12 is fragile and
even if 5 years of existence is guaranteed the future beyond that is murky.
This year is an anomaly since it is the first year of independence, in coming
years the schedule will improve. Football schedules are done years in advance
and as 'deals' expire teams will want to schedule BYU. One of the reasons teams
will want BYU is because non-conference games are to make money and BYU
'travels' as well as anybody. I believe that BYU needs to remain independent at
least 5 years to see how it plays out. Notre Dame has done well for decades, it
can be the same for the Cougars.
bgl | 5:43 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 Santa Monica, CA "I now have to
demand that people leave Chris B. alone. Yes, he is obsessed---but he accurately
predicted a big blowout by the U in Provo."I don't remember a
time that Chris B. ever "predicted" a BYU win. Even a broken clock is
correct twice a day. He is a broken clock that doesn't deserve an
"attaboy." My congratulations go out to the Ute Football
@A1994...Loved your comments. That is exactly how I feel. I wish I could have
given your comments 1000 recommends! Great Post
@woodyff....Notre Dame has done well for decades. Uhhmmmm, Notre
Dame did well before the BCS. Since then, tell me how many BCS games they've
I just wonder how stable the Big-12 is and will be into the future. I do think
BYU should join if the conference is stable and if it gives them the best shot
at an invite to the superconferences. However, they better take careful
consideration and make sure this conference isnt just gonna blow up in a year or
bgl, ChrisB ALWAYS picks BYU to lose big. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut
every now and then.
Texas' Network is ripping apart the Big 12. It is the primary reason the Pac 12
didn't take Texas this year.The Big 12 will survive if they throttle
that network. BYU will get an invite if they agree to the Big 12's new policies
on school networks. If you think "oh they'd take BYU with no questions on
the network", you haven't been paying attention.
The Big -12 will disolve. BYU is smart to keep out of it-- it is the first smart
thing for BYU athletics in years.... But what does BYU know about rash decisions
and a direction for the program? You have painted yourselves in a corner and
whether you are in or out of a conference you will still be on the outside
looking in. Good luck with all that.
Can't see the Texas schools allowing TCU to join the Big XII. Encroachment in
their recruiting grounds by a fellow conference member. Won't sit well.Air Force? Interesting. How'd that work for getting BCS quality players,
considering they can't immediately go into the pros upon graduating because of
their military commitment? Don't think AFA is viable.The Big XII
will grow from adding BYU and the best Big East leftovers available.
Any school that joins the BIG 12 is in trouble. The conference is unstable.
Texas is a bully. BYU is better off being an independent or wait for another
conference invite to come along.
@Duh - why are you so obsessed with the BCS? And Notre Dame is on NBC every
week, that is pretty good exposure. Who cares about the BCS 'championship',
until there is a playoff system there will be no championship in college
football. (DN censors - I hope this is ok with you)
BYU doesn't need the Big 12. The schedules are made so long in advance that is
why this years schedule is not good. But future schedules will be fine and being
independent will work fine. I can't understand why everyone is so obsessed with
the BCS, it is not a real championship. When the NCAA finally does adopt a
playoff system the BCS is gone!
If BYU joins the Big 12, they need to go all in. Joining just for football and
staying in the WCC for all other sports makes zero sense. Can you imaging Big 12
basketball in Provo? Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas State, how could you
I believe that BYU will be invited to the Big 12, if Texas, and OU kiss and
makeup. With the Texas A&M issues and the lawsuit hanging over the Big Tex,
I believe that the Aggies will not get out of the Big 12 until the end of
2012-2013. So I think BYu will have another year with Independence and the
WCC/WAC hookup. I hope that BYU will get into a stable Big 12, not Big TX. I do
think that a healthy Big 12 is the "best fit" (excuse the term) for
BYU in the long run. I live in Texas and believe that although not loved, BYU is
respected for its overall athletic prowess (especially the Olympic sports)and we
have good football and basketball programs too. And BYU's academics match just
about all of the Big 12 schools. BYU does not fit into the PAC-12,never did. I
also think that WVA and perhaps Louisville or TCU, SMU or Houston will make up
the rest of the twelve teams in the conference.
Nebraska left the big 12. Don't know if it was a good move on there part but
guess that is beside the point. I think for BYU to join the big 12 may not be
in there best interest right now cause the conference doesn't seem to be real
stable. And like a few of the posts, who'd want to travel from UT to the
Midwest. If there was another conference closer it probably be a better idea.
I've lived back here most of my life except for several years in UT and the
winters are so dang brutal. You'd be lucky if they could make it to Lincoln.
For those that think we should wait and try out independence and make sure the
Big 12 is stable before making a decision, I say, "Carpe Diem".This window can close forever. We have not been invited, but we have to flirt
to get the call. C'mon BYU and send a letter of intent. So, it didn't work out
for MO and OK, so what? BYU is independent, we have nobody to upset except the
WCC. But everyone knows, including the WCC, it's a stepping stone. Rise Up.
I think BYU should join the BIG 12 and bring a partner school with them.. It
would be good if they insisted on USU and BYU as a package. USU has a good
Basketball program and a good enough Football program to at least compete with
the lower tear programs in the BIG 12. Just think that would place 3 BCS schools
in Utah. I think AFA could be the third school to make 12.
WhatsInItForMe | 10:27 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 Orem, Utah "Air
Force? Interesting. How'd that work for getting BCS quality players, considering
they can't immediately go into the pros upon graduating because of their
military commitment? Don't think AFA is viable." Your comments
on Air Force are an all to typical attitude. Your comments assume that
conferences are about "BCS" football players and the NFL, and that the
Service Schools' commitments as a negative. Are you telling me that a population
that is fighting three (plus) wars, at the cost of their blood, would be a
negative draw for any conference? You are wrong. Air Force will
travel as well as BYU any team in the Mountain States. Why? Because There are
Service Members (former, current, and retired) that will come and watch any of
the other Service Schools (whether broadcast or at a local stadium). Consider,
every year, one of the most watched games is Army vs Navy. No one really cares
about either's record. One likes to watch people with a "commitment"
and courage doing battle. It would be interesting to see some
courage on the field vs. what we sometimes watch with other teams.
As a Utah fan, it would give me a great deal of pleasure to beat down a BCS
affiliated BYU rather than an "independent" BYU, but consider these
possiblities: Just because Texas and Oklahoma say they would stay for five
years doesn't mean they will. BYU's WAC fiasco proves that. BYU would be way
out of the currently contituted Big 12 region, increasing travel costs for
everyone, and possibly forcing BYU to give up some of it's ESPN money to
compensate the other teams. AS much as I admire the honor code (and I do), it
might have to be stretched to get the type of players needed to play in the Big
12. As sad as it is, BYU's standard would be an impediment to recruiting the
type of players needed to go up against the Oklahoma's of the world. I think the
Y is better off standing pat for now. I know your schedule this year is pretty
vanilla, but don't you Y fans ballyhoo the great teams you'll be losing to...er
playing in the future?
Once again, as a Big 12 fan (OSU graduate), I would love to see BYU and Boise
State join our conference. The rivalry between your two schools, properly
marketed, could be great for the Big 12. I hope to see you in our conference as
soon as possible. Good luck.