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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 1 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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Woods Cross, UT

I'm not sure that "partnership" is the right word...

ESPN - says
BYU - does

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

No question, ESPN has a huge influence in college sports not just conference realignment. College sports are played regularly on Sunday and almost every night of the week now, because of ESPN. Unless the NCAA Presidents decide they've had enough and stand up to the money, it will only continue.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Daily Deseret News rumor-mongering article regarding BYU going to a BCS conference....check.

See you tomorrow, November 2nd.

Fort Worth, Texas

I thought the best part of the realignment article was:

"No matter what option the Big East chooses their BCS bid and big TV payday are both safe because the conference has strong support in the only two places that matter New York and Washington."

And here I thought that in sports the only place that matters is what happens the field. On the field Big Least has not been a BCS worthy conference for a long time.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

Brave Sir Robin

Insecure little brother troll spam...check.

Find something more useful to do.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

The two ESPN employees who "broadcast/comment" on the BYU football games are barely surpassed by Greg and Mark as true blue "advocates" of the Cougars.

The ESPN/BYU mutual admiration connection should aid the Cougars as they try to find a soft landing, somewhere, in the current crazy realignment of college football.

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

I'm glad BYU and ESPN are friends.

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

Cool ! Still it is all hype and reporter world gossip. When something like a real deal is inked down on paper then I will get all excited.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I just read the original article. It does sound like ESPN has all too much influence. Maybe they like having BYU as an independent they can plug into different kinds of matchups and don't want them in a big conference.

Salt Lake City, Utah

I don't like the geographical alignment of the Big East as proposed, but it may be the best move for BYU, if invited, which I believe they will be. With BSU, Air Force, Houston, and others, the league is decent, will offer enough tough games and a few patsies. For BYU it will come down to money. They may well remain independent and wait for the Big 12 to come calling if the Big East payout doesn't match their current deal.

Springville, UT

ESPN has done a bang-up job helping BYU land a position in an AQ conference.


Can anyone explain to me what will happen to the other sports if BYU goes to a football-only conference? Are there any nearby conferences that would welcome any non-revenue sports, excepting basketball? More than any other school within hundreds of miles, BYU has the most completely competitive sports offering. It would be a shame for the non-revenue sports to suffer. Would appreciate any thoughts or insights.

Idaho Falls, ID

It is becoming clear to me that BYU has baggage that the big conferences don't want to carry. Don't hold your breath too long waiting for that Big East invite.

Quite honestly I think we'd be better off with a Big 12 invite but not a Big East invite. Especially if basketball doesn't get to participate.

Big East

Idaho Falls, ID

Cut off again. Never mind. Not that important.

West Jordan, Utah

@ Trentster

if you are referring to the Big East as a non-football conference, I think you need an explanation.

The Big East has all the so called non-revenue sports competition. The conference is widely considered the best basketball conference in the country.

There is a difference between joining a conference as a football only member vs. joining only a football conference. BCS conferences offer most all sports.

The WCC does not offer football and BYU is a member there (outside of football).

There are multiple reasons BYU may join the Big East in football only. Maybe it's there alignment with the WCC (not likely). Maybe the relative conference only wants BYU in football (not likely). Maybe it's traveling across the country with non revenue sports all too often (likely). Football is once a week and it's the big money maker. If you are BYU and are playing 2 or 3 road games a week back east, then that can be tough. Finances and missed class time are issues.


Espn needs an Independent BYU to fill out it Thursday, Friday and late night Saturday schedule. As an Indy they can say when they play - and with a nice built in audience and all that TV equipment ESPN can always force them to play at odd times to get on the tube.

As for Football - AQ is nice but really is a steady diet of Houston, Boise, Air Force, SMU and Louisville that much better than a buffet of other schools such as George Tech, Notre Dame, Texas and many others? Certainly not as good as Texas, OK, OSU, TCU, West Virginia and the Kansas twins.

At this point the truth is I don't care anymore (Ok that's a lie I do care so much I read everything like I'm a Soap Opera woman watch General Hospital during the Luke and Laura days)

- just tell us what you are doing and get it done. End my pain. End all of our pain.

Say Anything or I am going to go outside Holmoes window, then in the pouring rain hold my boom box above my head and play "In Your Eyes" (John Cusak if you missed the reference)


Mormon Ute | 12:13 p.m. Nov. 1, 2011
Kaysville, UT

"College sports are played regularly on Sunday and almost every night of the week now, because of ESPN."

Which sports and what teams are playing "regularly on Sunday?" I would really like to know. Where are the schedules?

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

Jealous Utah troll role in conference realignment is to whine about every rumor involving BYU, to help them feel better about Utah's dismal performance in their new conference.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

ESPN needs infomercial filler.



Sunday Play
Basketball Men and Women
Soccer Men and Women
Lacrosse Men and Women
College World Series Baseball
Womens Softball
Womens Volleyball
All NCAA Sanctioned sports, probably other sports. All of us being Utah or BYU fans need to realize that in most states other than Utah Sunday is just another day of the week. IMO this is one of the biggest set backs for the Y, I am a long,long time Ute I would love to see the Y get into an AQ Conference but I do not think it will ever happen. Sunday is a big deal IMO

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