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Published: Thursday, Oct. 27 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Las Vegas, NV

Please, just say no to two things: Drugs and the Big East.

Springville, UT

Anti-BYU troll panic and commentary begins in 3... 2... 1...

Pile on everyone, it's another trollfest about how irrelevant BYU is. Can't wait for your comments.

Come on people, send them in now!

You can't 'Wynn' unless you send them in!

Glenwood, UT

If theres no invite to the Pac-12 or Big 12 then stay indi.

Frisco, TX

There are so many rumors around conference alignment, I don't know what to believe.

If something like this happens, BYU should write into the contract that they are free to leave with no penalties (waiting time or money) if the Big East loses its AQ status.

Logan, UT

Oh don't. Pleeeaaaasssseee don't. The Big East has become a joke (not one ranked team this week) and likely will not survive as a BCS conference no matter what they do.

Grantsville, UT

@ Vegas - LOL

While the Big12 is CLEARLY the superior option in terms of football quality, the Big East may be a viable option. The proposed western division would be a step up from the last conference BYU was in, and IF the Big East manages to keep the BCS designation, would be a great set-up to access the top bowls.

Layton, UT

Who cares what conference they're in as long as they are a BCS conference! If it is considered weaker than others, so what! Easier trip to the BCS. Besides, no matter what conference they play in, how cool would it be to be in the same league with Boise State. They are a natural rival and they command a lot of respect from the country. Utah who?

Herriman, UT

"BYU, Boise State, Air Force, Houston, SMU and Cincinnati" - how is this an improvement? I guess there are a few positives:

1. The BCS AQ status is paramount - would get it for a few years guaranteed, and then we'll see if the conference rankings are good enough to hold onto it.
2. You do keep Boise and AF as regional foes. Would be nice to see San Diego State in here though, for a good road trip...the Texas travel is not great.
3. You don't have to jump back in bed with some terrible football schools like Wyoming and New Mexico. While this Big East is not great at the top, at least it is not terrible at the bottom.
4. Scheduling is easier.

Still, it doesn't look compelling. Had they pulled this off with TCU still in the mix, maybe. As is, stay independent or make a few more concessions to push for the Big 12 (at least that TX/OK travel is worth it).

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


An all but dead conference is picking up the scraps of what no one else wanted.


But if it happens, congratulations on your "BCS conference" invited.


That automatic bid will soon be given to the SEC, Big 12, and/or Pac 12.

Oh its good to be in a "CONTINUING" BCS conference.


As a BYU alum and Idaho native, I would love to see BYU and Boise St. in the same conference. The Big 12 would be preferable, but this new proposed Conference would not be bad. For both, it would mean auto-AQ. For BYU, it would mean better scheduling during conference game season (no more ISUs!) For Boise, it means getting out of the horrible Mountain West TV deal and a slate of solid to very good football conference foes with no cellar dwellers to drag down their SOS. One benefit for both is that it would be a very winnable conference while still being AQ.

Salt Lake City, UT

If BYU could get a schedule to play the Western teams every year with a chance of playing in the championship game without playing a 8/9 game schedule I am for it. But there is no reason to Play 4 games against Connecticut, Rutgers, Central Florida, South Florida, Louisville and Navy Every year. With only 3 Non Conference and wanting to play Hawaii, Utah State and Utah there would be no huge games.

Playing Boise State, Air Force, Houston, SMU, And Cincinnati in conference would allow BYU to continue their rivals and have out of conference games. The biggest negative with Independence is good November games. This fixes that.

2013 BYU Schedule - Most of this is already scheduled (just filled in with Big East teams)

At Washington State
At Air Force
Bye Week
at Utah State
Georgia Tech
At Houston
Boise State
At Notre Dame
At Hawaii

You get to play bigs games every year(Texas, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech)
You get to play Local Rivals (Utah and Utah State)
And you get a chance to play for a championship game.

Keep the rest of the sports in WCC

Minneapolis, MN

Dear Mr. Holmoe:

Why not throw everyone a curve ball and apply for membership in the ACC? After all, Provo is a lost closer to salt water than Blacksburg, Virginia...

That, or the CFL. Extra guy, extra field, more passing, the Rouge, and I can easily make the 6 hour drive when the Cougs make that road trip to Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers!

Salt Lake City, UT

A six team division of BSU, BYU, AF, Cinncinati, Houston and SMU, for football only, sounds like a pretty good group. I am not sure the BCS would take away AQ status if the Big East put together the proposed 12 team package. Several of the teams are already BCS schools and Boise State, BYU and Houston are certainly as strong as other BCS schools. In fact, before all is said and done this year, Boise State could possibly be in the BCS championship game.

The football only propostion makes it a nice fit for BYU. They stay in the WCC with the strong men's basketball and women's programs.

If this came together with solid agreements in place, it could work nicely.

Interesting possibilities.


BYU still houses concerns about the stability of the Big 12, or the league that may poach the Big East. I'm pretty sure the Big East isn't even on Holmoe's mind.

For those fans panicking because BYU hasn't jumped up and down like Missouri and TCU saying "pick me," you may be in for a lot worse later when BYU joins the Big 12 only to see it dissolve in five years or moves football to the Big East and loses the exposure they currently enjoy and have no way out. The Big East TV contract is also worth about what the MWC contract was.

I have my concerns about the longterm viability of Independence but, I also have my concerns about Chris B making it to the next day to grace us with his prescence (you beat the odds every day bro). Neither are likely to change this minute but, both are likely to change longer term. Relax.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

The Big East is a basketball conference. I still don't understand why BYU cannot go to ESPN for help to form a new conference of 10 teams with all teams playing all sports. just get the 9 best football schools still avail. Boise, AFA, Navy, South and Central FL, Louisville, Cinncy, Houston and SMU. That confernce has as much chance of a BCS berth as the Big East. Did you see what Pitt (who got killed by Utah) did to UConn last night? Use BYUtv as a another tier of revenue (be willing to share) until other sources can be found. It would take leadership. Oh, is that a problem?

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

"If these outrageous reports have any merit and especially if a United States Senator has done anything inappropriate or unethical to interfere with a decision that the Big 12 had already made then I believe that there should be an investigation in the U.S. Senate, and I will fight to get the truth. West Virginians and the American people deserve to know exactly what is going on and whether politics is interfering with our college sports, he said.


Cue the "spit-take"...

Mesa, AZ

Chris B


The dead conference invites BYU and other schools, retains it's BCS status.


BYU is now in a BCS conference (killing your all but dead prediction record)


BYU plays, who you feel are inferior teams, but are in a BCS conference (remember all your posts are on the claim that it is better to be in a BCS Conf. no matter were you fit or what your record is), but wins and gets to a BCS game before utes even sniff at another one.


"Oh its good to be in a "CONTINUING" BCS conference." You tell me? You are now one of the worst teams in the entire BCS.

Iowa City, IA

If you go to the Big East, make sure they have an auto bid to the BCS or it's another name for the MWC.

Boise, ID

This is all ridiculous. Put all of the conferences back to where they were and make a playoff. Keep the regional rivalrys and make people earn a place in the playoffs and then earn a NC.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

Big 12> Indy > New Big LEast. Lets not forget that if this new conference happens, Cincy, Louisville, Rutgers, U Conn, and USF will actively be looking for new homes. Any benefits associated with BCS status will either be eaten up in travel costs, or disappear when the AQ status is yanked. Exposure? Don't make me laugh. The BE games are buried, or not televised. Tom Holmoe said his intention is for BYU to play with the big boys (although the current schedule doesn't support this, it will get better) and we all know the not so Big East is not a "big boy" conference.

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