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Published: Monday, Oct. 31 2011 9:19 a.m. MDT

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CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

BYU will not go to the Big East. And if BYU doesn't go, Boise State won't go.

If Big 12 gets Notre Dame for all other sports, expect Big 12 to pick up BYU as a football only member which is what BYU has been hoping for all along.

Mokie
Right Here, UT

Jake2010 - is that the same Oregon State team that BYU fans keep spouting off about beating a BCS opponent? Which is it? Either they are good and we both beat them, or they are not good and you cannot use it to boast about your own schedule and down play the Utes. Get a clue.

Pac12Proud
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

A1994...
"The Big East isn't that strong a football conference. It's respectable, but not impossible. The conference championship would probably come down to the winner of the BYU/BSU game each year."

Think about what you are saying. If the Big East is looking to BSU and...well...byu for it's legitimacy and even you can't think of anyone "that strong" in the conference, do you really think that point is lost on the powers that be (the BCS)? If what you say is true (and I think you are giving byu a lot of unearned credit) then the days of the Big East as an AQ conference are severely numbered.

btw...the Utes have tremendous qb prospects. Further, they already know what it takes to get to a BCS game. For example, an invitation to the BCS has to be earned...a lesson that byu and its fans still need to learn. There are no entitlements.

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

BYU should stay away from the Big East.

BYU needs to follow Notre Dame's plan and make rivalries. ND has them with USC, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, etc.

BYU needs teams they can count on playing every year like Notre Dame does. It would help BYU scheduling so much.

BYU already will be playing Hawaii and Boise State through 2023 every year. I would like to see BYU play these schools every single year:

Georgia Tech - helps exposure in the South; a lot of BYU alum in Atlanta
Washington - northwest exposure, recruitting, a lot of alum in the NW
Air Force - can become a healthy rivalry
Notre Dame - both independents, private universities
Hawaii - build up the pipline between the islands and Provo; helps recruitting
Boise State - should have become a rivalry a long time ago
TCU or Houston - trips to Texas will help recruiting
UCLA or USC - recrutting in So Cal, a ton of alum and moroms in So Cal

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Portland Trail Blazers | 2:37 p.m. Oct. 31, 2011
Sandy, UT

"a ton of alum and moroms in So Cal"

What is a morom?

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

"btw...the Utes have tremendous qb prospects."

who? untried high school players who may or may not turn out to be decent college QBs

"Further, they already know what it takes to get to a BCS game."

Get lucky with a weak schedule or get lucky playing all of your toughest games at home - the PAC 12 gift-wrapped a trip to the PAC 12 championship for the Utes this year, and Utah still failed miserably, 1-4.

"For example, an invitation to the BCS has to be earned...a lesson that BYU and its fans still need to learn. There are no entitlements."

So does respect as a member of a BCS conference. Something Utah fans still need to learn. There are no entitlements to respect just because you're in a BCS conference.

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

54-10,

How that Pac 12 working out?

1-4 for football

basketball picked last in Pac 12

Talk about a athletic program on the rise for the Mighty Utes.......

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

New conference - "The little west"

BYU Snow College Dixie State SUU .... and more to come!

Magic Happens
Kaysville, UT

Re: Hatch @ 10:28.

You wrote "... their ratings on ESPN have surpassed all expectations." Not trying to be picky, but interested in your source, and please be specific, not somebody at ESPN said so, we can get that from the local writers/columnists/bloggers. Thanks!

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Pavalova
"After Saturday's performance it's very clear this team/program is not ready for high-level football on a weekly basis. "

The Big East does not have high-level football on a weekly basis.

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Someone help me out here. Portland Trail Blazers used the word morom. What is that?

junkgeek
Agua Dulce, TX

No one in a BCS conference will schedule BYU anytime after the first 5 weeks of the season.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

patriot

Little brothers forced to use hyperbole to make themselves feel better about how pathetic the Utes have been in their new conference.

It's hillarious that the only "quality" win Utah has is the win BYU gift-wrapped for them, yet, Utah fans spend their every waking whining about how pathetic BYU is.

niners
SAINT GEORGE, UT

@portland Trail Blazers

Basketball moved from MWC to WCC

Football moved from playing the MWC to playing the lower half of the WAC..

Talk about an athletic program on the rise for the Mighty Cougars!!

DonO
Draper, UT

"Is BYU part of Big East plans?"

No.

Next question.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Chris B,

Laugh? You've got a twisted sense of humor. Go find a job.

CaliforniaCougar
Lake Elsinore, CA

Don't do it!

The Big East offers no advantage or gain.

Why go to the Big East? It's the conference that is losing teams, not gaining teams. The BCS bid will likely be withdrawn from the conference, so the Cougs would basically be going back to the equivalent of the Mountain West Conference.

And even if it is an option, I am sure the invitation is open for the next 10 years. The Big East is desperate. Don't do anything now.

Let the independence thing settle and keep an eye on the Big 12 and the Pac 12. A lot will continue to happen with this realignment.

No need to move backward.

Honestly?Really?
Hurricane, UT

Playing in the big east would be just like playing in the MWC except maybe a better tv deal... If we can.. i say go for it... and for all you mouthy utes fans... let me just ask.. how you doin in Pac 12 conference play? it looks like you all stink just as bad as we do so lets tone down the trash and focus on our own teams and our hopes of getting better...

Pac12Proud
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Uteanymous
"There are no entitlements to respect just because you're in a BCS conference." Some specificity is necessary here. Respect among conference teams, yes, you are correct. Respect outside the conference is another matter entirely. byu fans are still spitting nails Utah's move. LOL!!!!

btw..."untried high school players who may or may not turn out to be decent college QBs" is what every college program starts with. Now, untried high school players who may or may not turn out to be decent college QBs who arrange their own press conference in a bar to promise a national championship to the team they select? Well...that's an honor for which only byu has qualified.

See the difference?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Christy B

"Daily jealous rant from a BYU-obsessed hater."

Yep, you got me pegged. There's so much about BYU's situation to be jealous over. I can't decide what's got me most jealous: Being an independent mid-major with no path to the BCS, playing a schedule that makes Utah State's look tough, playing basketball in a 1-bid conference, or desperately hoping to get invited to the Big Least.

BYU athletics is living the dream for sure...I would give my left arm for Utah to be in that situation. *rolls eyes*

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