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Published: Thursday, Nov. 17 2011 10:19 a.m. MST

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fresnogirl
Fresno, CA

Why does the DesNews keep linking to the Bleacher Report? This article was written by a college student, not a sports writer! It is as much news as any other fan's blog.

Bluecat82
Minneapolis, MN

Because ESPN hasn't put their daily "Big East expansion" artice out there to be linked to, perhaps?

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

The Big Weak was not that great before their best teams defected. I see adding Boise State a serious plus for football but everyone else simply isn't that exciting.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Even though I would be perfectly OK with staying independent, I have thought for several months that joining up with the Big East would be a good thing for BYU. The Big East area is an area BYU needs to gain greater exposure to and joining the Big East conference would be a good fit. The previous Big East conf. has changed alot with all the defectors but it would still be a good fit and actually make BYU's chances of getting to a BCS bowl or a Championship bowl easier. Winning, one loss or zero losses are necessary and even though the teams aren't what they were a yr ago it is still a good thing. I hope it happens.

neimfrence
layton, ut

PAC12FAN,

The Big East defectors (Pitt, Syracuse, WVU) have only represented the conference in their BCS game once out of the last five years. The better teams are still there.

The Big East is not the PAC-12, but it is a conference that BYU might win once in a while. It is a good fit for BYU, in that it is a challenge equal to their abilities.

Utah keeps claiming they are improving as their recruiting is upgraded by having the "BCS badge". Does this only apply to Utah and not every other school that joins a BCS conference? Though I doubt BYU will experience a huge recruiting bump due to their limitations, they certainly will be able to retain more top LDS athletes that otherwise would have defected to BCS badged teams.

The Big East has always been the lowest tier BCS league. The new version still will be, but they will be better and more interesting than before.

sly_spy
Oceanside, CA

Here is another reason to join the Big East: Recruiting! Most of BYU's recruits are from the western states. Consistent TV exposure in the Big East markets should expand recruiting potental to the East and to the South.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

it is only time before byu would add the other sports....bball? not a bad conference either

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Boy, local BYU fans can look forward to road trips to Boise and Colorado Springs. Rather than bringing home some fireworks from Wyoming or some chips from Las Vegas I guess bringing home a big sack of Idaho potatoes will go well in the food storage.

WON84
PLANO, TX

"Utah keeps claiming they are improving as their recruiting is upgraded by having the "BCS badge". Does this only apply to Utah and not every other school that joins a BCS conference? Though I doubt BYU will experience a huge recruiting bump due to their limitations, they certainly will be able to retain more top LDS athletes that otherwise would have defected to BCS badged teams."

Scout ranks Utah's current recruiting class in the high sixties. This is despite being invited to an AQ conference and BYU experiencing a down year. As a side note BYU's class is ranked in the low thirties.

The truth is, name recognition of the school means the most in recruiting. USC and UCLA have it. They recruit well in down years. The rest of the PAC 12 does not.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Dutchman | 1:32 p.m. Nov. 17, 2011
Murray, UT
"Rather than bringing home some fireworks from Wyoming or some chips from Las Vegas I guess bringing home a big sack of Idaho potatoes will go well in the food storage."

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Showing your sports IQ Dutch.

Going to games to buy potatoes, and not watch the teams play?

Stretching for smack, eh?

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Re: fresnogirl "Why does the DesNews keep linking to the Bleacher Report? This article was written by a college student, not a sports writer! It is as much news as any other fan's blog." If that is the case, dude is pretty much spot on! I'd love the DN to be as insightful and offer similar constructive criticism. "San Diego State is good against the bottom half of the Mountain West, and BYU is inconsistent and cant consistently beat the top teams in the major conferences." That SDSU is even being considered is beyond laughable. School & "talent" on the field can't even attract 25K fans on a consistent basis, even with students getting in for free! I love my Cougs, but, when have we "consistently beat top teams? Sometimes the truth hurts. Lets go, Cougs, against . New Mexico State?

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Veritas Aequitas,

Road trips indeed! Utah has a road trip every year to LA. Every other year to the bay area, Phoenix and sometimes to Seattle. Lets see, BYU road trips to Boise, Colorado Springs and then if you can endure the travel, all the way to Louisville or Houston. Those roadies sure look enticing to me. I understand their situation and the fact that BYU needs to do what it needs to do but for BYU apologists to suggest that they want a schedule that takes them all over the country is disingenuous to the local fans who would like to travel to road games but going to Boise and Colorado Springs would not wet my appetite for places to visit. Sorry, no offense intended to anyone.

neimfrence
layton, ut

PAC12FAN,

The Big East defectors (Pitt, Syracuse, WVU) have only represented the conference in their BCS game once out of the last five years. The better teams are still there.

The Big East is not the PAC-12, but it is a conference that BYU might win once in a while. It is a good fit for BYU, in that it is a challenge equal to their abilities.

Utah keeps claiming they are improving as their recruiting is upgraded by having the "BCS badge". Does this only apply to Utah and not every other school that joins a BCS conference? Though I doubt BYU will experience a huge recruiting bump due to their limitations, they certainly will be able to retain more top LDS athletes that otherwise would have defected to BCS badged teams.

The Big East has always been the lowest tier BCS league. The new version still will be, but they will be better and more interesting than before.

JDS1
St George, UT

As a football fan first, I hate the BYU - Idaho / Idaho State type of match ups. They're boring and do nothing to increase BYU's status within the spectrum of the NCAA. Playing Boise, Houston and Louisville every year is much better than a couple of really good games at the first of the season and then a bunch of weak games. As an independent, playing a weak schedule will not go away, the Y needs to get into a BCS conference. That is the only way they will get their program to the top tier of Division 1.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

Dutchman

BYU has road trips to Malibu, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Moraga, and Honolulu scheduled this year, but thanks for your, um, very "insightful" travel advice.

Be sure to pick up some apples when you're in Pullman this weekend.

btw, I'll take Colorado Springs over Boulder anyday -- it's much more scenic.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Counter Intelligence and TrueBlue,

Talk about spin moves. We are talking football here and not basketball. The reference is to BYU joining the Big East in football. We are not talking about the WCC. Counter Intelligence, you must be part of the 1%. I am so glad that you are that well off. The definition of a road trip for most college football fans is one you can drive too. I made specific reference in my attempt at "humor" to the local BYU fans. I realize BYU has fans just about everywhere but I don't consider fans on the east coast as local fans. You guys get so easily bent out of shape it makes it fun. LOL

Do those apples come in sacks or bushels?

cougarNV
Las Vegas, NV

I completely Agree with the Comments by Fresno Girl and TrueBlue.

Go Cougars!!!!!!!

Duckhunter Hunter
Alpine, UT

PAC-12 > Big Least

I thought you boys wanted Indpendence. You flip flop more often than John Kerry or Obama.

Robert
Rexburg, ID

Don't do it! It's an unnatural fit with teams no Cougar fan cares about.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Trueblue-

"Be sure to pick up some apples when you're in Pullman this weekend."

That's a good one. Nicely played my friend.

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