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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 16 2011 11:00 a.m. MST

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Park City, UT

The Bleacher Report (source of the "columnist" Rymer's article) is not a legitimate news source and should not be propped up as such. Having read the "news" and "columns" on this site many times, it appears the site is little more than the opinions of unpaid writers who have little or no training in journalism, and few, if any, legitimate sources. In fact, if you would like to write for the site, there's a link on the home page--no qualifications or references necessary (and no benefits listed beyond "awards" and "monthly honors"--presumably of the intangible nature). It's unfortunate the Deseret News continues to reference this site in its reviews of sports news in the media.

Park City, UT

More on the Bleacher Report. "Columnist" Rymer (quoted extensively in the article above) describes himself on the site by stating, "I was born in New Jersey, lived in Massachusetts, and now I'm in California. I graduated from Cal in 2010, and now I spend most of my time writing about sports. That's about it. I love the Red Sox and Celtics if you must know, but my football allegiance lies with the Raiders. Most other sports are cool too." My guess is that most readers have an interest in other sportswriters' perspectives (as referenced in these types of articles in the Deseret News) because these individuals have insight, experience, and a national platform which the average fan does not. Nothing against the Bleacher Report, but it's exactly that--a voice from the bleachers--the average fan offering his/her perspective. It does not seem to be the sort of source worth referencing in these types of pieces, and certainly not something worthy of an extensive quote forming the bulk of the article.

Salt Lake City, UT

@ ERDoc | 12:45 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011
Park City, UT

Sounds like the Brandon Gurney resume when he wrote for TotalBlueSports. Bet you thought he was marvelous.

Broom Hockey Champ
Alpine, UT

Bring on the Big East! BYU football will be BCS bowling every year now. Take that, ewets.

River Master
Lehi, UT

The only sure thing is to get into the Big East because we don't really know if the AQ status or BCS system will go away or not. I doubt the BCS will disappear because all or most of the BCS conferences would have to agree and not all the conferences want that. The pros far outway the cons so BYU should go or it may be too late. Besides, we have nothing to play for at the end of the year!

In response to all these claims that the Big East will lose its status, the rankings which determine that will date back the last several years for each team even when they were not in the conference. That means with Houston, BYU, UCF, Boise in the mix the Big East will be just fine and not lose it's AQ status.

If the AQ statuses go away than that's just fine - we can go independent again.

Sandy, Utah

Holmoe, dont foul this one up! Give up that precious little ESPN contract if you have to. Just get in a AQ conference with just ONE out, if they loose their AQ status you can bail.

Hang in there Band of Lil Brothers, you can do it.

Rexburg, ID

Look, conference fit OUGHT to "be pretty!" The unnatural leagues being formed today won't last because they do not include natural rivals throughout the conference. The old WAC did, the PAC-10 did, etc., but Boise and BYU in the Big East? Who cares?

Syracuse, UT

I hope BYU stays independent. The way the BCS is handling things they will be done in a year or two anyway, Congress will see to that. Things will be better as an independent than they ever will be in any conference. Just wait until you see what the pac 12 will do to the u and CU. They will dictate everything to them including what they will eat and what they will wear. BYU should be willing to sit back and control their own future without others telling them how to run their lives.


"Holmoe, dont foul this one up! Give up that precious little ESPN contract if you have to. Just get in a AQ conference with just ONE out, if they loose their AQ status you can bail.

Hang in there Band of Lil Brothers, you can do it."

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