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Published: Thursday, Nov. 8 2012 7:00 a.m. MST

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LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm really liking the future schedules Holmoe is lining up; lots of good intersectional matchups against good teams in interesting places to play for BYU players and fans.

Congratulations to Bronco on reaching the 100th game milestone as BYU's head coach!

SCCougar
LEXINGTON, SC

Sounding like Bronco is wanting out. Didn't take the extended contract and not looking to reach 200 games...hmmm.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Drop a road game at wsu to pick up a home and home with Virginia. Sounds good to me.

TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

SCCougar

I wouldn't put too much stock in Bronco's response to reaching 200 games as "slim".

As I recall, soon after he became BYU's head coach he hinted that he might only stay 5 years or so.

My guess is he'll stay at BYU until he's ready to retire from coaching, then he'll pursue another career path in line with his real passion, teaching.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Bronco said at the time he declined the extended contract that he didn't want the Y to feel obligated by a contract to keep him around if things go south. Assuming in general that he is a man of his word, I take that as a sign of honor, not that he has ulterior motives.

He's on a mission here. When that is done, he can go surf and give the occasional motivational speech for $10-$20,000. What could possibly be wrong with this picture.

Disappointed that there is no immediate trip to the Paulouse for the Y. But Virginia is a nice trade.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

He said "slim" not "unlikely"

Andermart
Pullman, WA

Excited for the home and home with Virginia, but I was looking forward to seeing the BYU Cougars come play up here in the Palouse. Virginia is a lot farther away.

InterestedObserver
Spanish Fork, UT

I guess just another case of a Pac-12 not wanting to play somebody tough, sure the Pac-12 has some good school, but they are a bunch of chickens outside of confence.

WACPaddingOurSchedule
pocatello, ID

InterestedObserver
Spanish Fork, UT
I guess just another case of a Pac-12 not wanting to play somebody tough, sure the Pac-12 has some good school, but they are a bunch of chickens outside of confence.

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Meanwhile BYU is chicken feed for everyone else that they can't beat! After awhile the taste or smell gets old. No wonder teams backed out, and will back out of agreements with BYU.
Zing!

I suggest you do research and not be selective about SOS. The PAC does just fine.

Agustis
Sugar City, ID

It is a great thing to play most of your games on the road. The time for playing Utah is past. BYU is on the national stage like Notre Dame.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

Poor Wazzu, bet they wish they could run away from both Utah teams they played this year.

mussingaround
Palo Alto, CA

WACpaddled

Someday, our little friends on the hill will finally figure out that there are no awards for SOS.

Washington State most likely backed out of their home game with BYU so they could schedule an easier opponent to help them get back on track next season.

Meanwhile, folks behind closed doors are probably wondering if it's still possible to back out of their invitation to Utah and Colorado since neither one of them has contributed anything to the conference in football. (At least Colorado did something in basketball.)

On the PAC 12 basketball preview last night, they were talking about USC's difficult preseason schedule helping to boost the RPI of the conference. To be kind, they didn't bother mentioning Utah's preseason schedule, but privately they were probably looking at it and saying "good grief" is this a high school team, or what?

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

WACpaddled

Isn't Utah 0-1 in the WAC this year.

Just sayin'

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"I suggest you do research and not be selective about SOS. The PAC does just fine."

The conference, usually, but, Hill, definitely not. The good Dr. has already admitted that his scheduling goal is to schedule at least one patsy (i.e. Big Sky/D1-AA team) every year. So far he's meeting that goal with Montana State, Northern Colorado, and Weber State in Utah's first three seasons in the PAC 12.

Ironically, Utah ran away from BYU for 2014 and 2015 because playing Michigan and BYU in the same season was considered too difficult, but that didn't stop BYU from scheduling Michigan and several other very difficult opponents.

NightOwlAmerica
SALEM, OR

Isn't one screen name enough Pac Man?
LOL!

Here we go again with selective memory loss from BYU fans.
Utah & Colorado are part of the PAC 12 for more than just sports.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

"I like the matchup...they play good football." -- Bronco Mendenhall

Well, they play better football than Idaho or New Mexico State anyway. UVA is a
phenomenal academic institution, but they don't necessarily play good football. They are one loss away from their 4th losing season in the last 5 years. Bronco must have the Cavaliers confused with Va. Tech.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

With the new playoff around the corner, Top 25 caliber teams will replace the non-conference D2 teams and cupcakes with higher SOS teams like BYU. This will continue to give us a great opportunity to play teams like Michigan, Nebraska, Texas and Notre Dame. We need to elevate our game so we can win these games.

However teams at the bottom end of AQ conferences, will not want to play teams like BYU. They are looking to pad their non-conference schedules with D2 teams and cupcakes just hoping they can get to 6 wins to be bowl eligible. This is exactly why WSU and Utah dropped the Cougs. I hear Idaho and New Mexico State are available if you want to schedule them.

As for Bronco, his years are numbered at BYU. I think he was hoping to groom Brandon over 3 or 4 years and then step aside. But that plan is not working out so well. I think we'll see a couple of offensive coaching changes next year, but Brandon will stay. However, if the offense doesn't get going next year, I think we'll see a new OC in 2014.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

SportsAuthority

"My guess is he'll stay at BYU until he's ready to retire from coaching, then he'll pursue another career path in line with his real passion, teaching."

I thought Bronco's real passion is surfing.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

WAC man:

Montana State was scheduled at the last minute due to the Big 12's Iowa State cancelling their scheduled return game to RES. You knew that. Your disingenuity only exposes your soul-crushing envy and desperation. So sad.

Additionally, Utah did NOT run away from the little brother who lost 3 in a row to us, and 8 of the last 11. The Y had never been scheduled for 2014 and 2015. Michigan was just a more interesting opponent. And it's a Home-&-Home. Too bad you couldn't pull off something like that. Your meeting is a one-off in Ann Arbor. How mid-majorey.

Finally, apart from Michigan in 2015, the Y is scheduled to play Nebraska, BSU, USU, So. Miss., Cincy, and Hawai'i. So who are the "several other very difficult opponents"? Because I see only Nebraska and BSU. Utah's 2013 and 2014 schedules see Michigan, Oregon, Stanford, and USC, plus rising programs such as Oregon St, Washington, UCLA, and ASU. So really...no comparison. You have only 3 difficult games. We have up to 7.

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

upinthenight

"Utah & Colorado are part of the PAC 12 for more than just sports."

Don't kid yourself. The PAC is an ATHLETIC conference. It's entire purpose for existing is sports.

The ONLY reason Colorado and Utah are part of the PAC 12 is because the PAC 12 desperately needed two teams to play a conference FOTTBALL championship game after the PAC 12-Big 12 South merger fell through. Research and cultural fit were only secondary considerations used to exclude particular schools that some PAC 12 schools objected to associating with.

Troy06
OREM, UT

C'mon Bronco. If you're tired of enforcing the honor code and losing the big games do everyone a favor and leave now. Your hints about leaving aren't helping the program. Hit the road so we can bring in a big time coach like Andy Reid!

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