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Published: Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:15 p.m. MDT

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Tomahawk Red
San Francisco, CA

I simply can't believe it. Day after day after day of reporting the exact same story!

Big 12 shows no interest in BYU.

How many ways can the media spin that?

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

Are you sure about the Big 12 not wanting TSDS?


"a reversal of previous stances that BYU preferred its independent status"

That is interesting, all I've ever read has been that BYU preferred its independent status vs. playing in the MWC but would like to be in a better conference (than the MWC).

I've never read a single article where anyone from BYU said they would prefer to be independent over being in any of the P5 conferences. Perhaps I missed that news article?


Bronco should be fired for suggesting the Y would love to be in the Big 12. Independence is the only way for BYU. Our uniqueness sets us will ahead of all other quality football programs. Just wait, teams will line up to play the Y simply for what we have to offer.

Logan, UT

Of course BYU isn't on the Big 12's radar. Why would anyone expect anything different. The only people talking about BYU joining the Big 12 are the BYU homers who write for this paper whose job it is to keep the fans happy by downplaying how rough their situation as independents is and spinning their wishful thinking into something plausible

Elko, NV

I am sure that in the near future, the football landscape will change in many ways for many teams. As mentioned in this article, the costs for programs to compete is going to grow very rapidly. Most University's programs are in the red and will have to make changes to ensure the football programs continue at the expense of other sports that they currently carry. The next two years will tell a intriguing story.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I thought Dick Harmon had written the definitive piece on how nothing was happening with the Big 12 and BYU. I guess it doesn't hurt to have confirmation from our correspondent at Big 12 Media Day that there is indeed nothing happening, however.

Will there be Live Team Coverage of nothing happening at PAC-12 media days too?

Virginia Beach, Va

The Big 12 is not interested. Can we please stop with these articles ? Please !

Highland, UT


BYU could re-join the mwc tomorrow if they wanted to no questions asked, they would then once again dominate that conference in all sports just like they did previously. usu deserves kudo's for turning their abysmal football program into a nice little program but that is all they are and all they will ever be.

If BYU's situation is "rough" as an independent then usu is a school with no hope for a future at all being in the very mwc BYU bailed on because of how poor the majority of the schools in it are. lol

Eagle Mountain, UT

As a BYU fan, I agree. There is just way too much Big 12 talk lately. We just need to focus on the season and win.

never break .500
Los Angeles, CA

for the Ute fans that read this article, they answer their own questions….yeh, Iowa State and Texas coaching staff's both mentioned BYU was a good fit. Whether this happens now or sometime in the future or never, people like to read about it, have opinions about it, and generally like to follow teams with winning records and bowl games annually. Other teams and fans that follow less relevante teams love to read our BYU coverage too. Usually because newspapers competing in the marketplace write and write about dynamic interesting schools with WINNING records and traditions.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Is this seriously ANOTHER article about Big-12 expansion? The BIg-12 is not interested in expanding, and they don't want BYU. That hasn't changed, and it's not going to change. I don't understand why the D-News insists on re-publishing this complete non-story. Maybe next week the D-News will switch things up and publish 20 articles about how the MWC isn't interested in expanding to include the Colorado College of Mines; despite the fact that nobody else, including the MWC, is even thinking about it.

Springville, UT

BYU's not on the Big 12's radar? No kidding, Sherlock. The same can be said for all major conferences. They don't want BYU. Period. It's unfortunate that Dick Harmon has felt the need to stoke this delusional flame of hope.

Though BYU talked of how great it was going independent, most of us realized it wasn't. And this obsessive man-love crush with the Big 12 has been, frankly, embarrassing.

But this is what happens when you think you're more than what you really are.

Reminds me of Galations 6:3, "For if a man [or in this case, BYU and a few of its eager-beaver fans] think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself."

BYU is not the dream team every conference wants. But, they would fit well in a conference of similar good teams that have likewise been left out. And that's fine. Like Paul, you ought to say (in gratitude) "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."

You chose to be independent. Nobody forced you to make that move. So be content with it.

Salt Lake City, UT

Pac-12 Media Days is fast approaching. I can't wait to read in the Des News all the hidden messages in everything the Pac-12 doesn't say about byu. LOL!!

Duckhunter, your speculation about tds being welcomed back to the MWC with open arms and no questions asked is just that...speculation. USU might have something to say about it. Can byu burn any more bridges?

Provo, UT

it's a bit presumptuous to assume that BYU would be welcomed back to the MWC considering the conference has expressed sentiments similar to the SEC and ACC. Duckhunter assumes that teams like SDSU and USU have no memory of the scorched earth BYU left behind.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

How boring. Inquiring minds want to know, "Is BYU considered hard to work with and arrogant as reported?" That will tell us how open the Big 12 is to BYU joining.


BYU tried to join the WAC, only to have Nevada and Fresno bail. Not sure how open the MWC is to BYU rejoining. But then again they let in Utah State after they tried to destroy the MWC by colluding with BYU.

West Valley City, Utah

Some things take time. BYU is most certainly on the conference's radar. BYU has a lot to offer. It's simply not yet the right time for expansion. Patience.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Contrary to popular opinion, the world doesn't revolve around BYU.

The Big12 isn't interested. In fact no P5 conference is interested.

BYU should just move on and make the best of its independence.

Salmon, ID

I wish Mendenhall would focus more on coaching and less on lobbying. If BYU would win more games against P-5 schools, its future would secure itself.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Man, the DNews is unabashedly waiving the blue pom-pons. Their writers left 'news' behind long ago--now it's pandering, pure and simple.

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