While I do agree that the WCC is not a perfect fit for BYU since the other
schools are much smaller student population wise and the MWC is better overall
(5 NCAA Invitations versus 2), I really do enjoy seeing my Cougars play live in
Northern California quite a few times a year in different sports. Furthermore,
University of the Pacific will be joining the WCC, which is just 30 minutes from
the house. The only conference that could satisfy my desire for live viewership
is joining the PAC-12, which probably won't ever happen. That would allow
me to see BYU play Stanford and Cal live quite a few times a year. Finally, the
WCC schools match BYU's values better than the MWC schools. There's
also too many anti-Mormon fans at MWC schools, especially at Wyoming and San
Diego State. Regardless, I'll continue cheering for my Cougars regardless
of the conference BYU affiliates itself with.
WCC is high school gyms and high school officiating. The tv times are awful for
those of us fans living to the east of the Mountain time zone. Gonzaga is the
only worthy opponent in the WCC (St Mary's has vaulted itself with loads of
NCAA violations and will soon flame out).I didn't like the MWC
and still don't, but the basketball options for BYU are pretty slim unless
the new Big East decides (as has been rumored) to add a western division that
would include Gonzaga and, maybe, BYU.
Coach Rose is making the best of the situation he is in. The MWC is by far a
better fit and gets more respect with the media. It will definitely get more
bids, possibly four to the WCC's two, possibly one.
Well said oyman...at the rate things are going BYU could end up having to drop
football...this has been a joke of "appeasement" to those in the BYU
decision making body who don't want BYU to be more relevant than Utah
Poyman, I like most of what you said...but it's hard to compete at a higher
level than #1 Gonzaga.
More like the WCC believes BYU is a great fit for them... I am not crying over
the loss last night to San Diego... BYU has proven for over 100 years that they
are not a title contender... So a one and done run is not fun in my book.
Especially not fun at the risk of Gonzaga losing their #1 ranking... GO ZAGS!
28-25 in tournament games does not bode well for saying how good they are over
the years. If they can't do any better than they have done in the WCC why
encourage them to be at the bottom of a tougher league. I agree they live at
the existence of football and that makes recruiting tough.
Ttis entire article makes this Cougar fan so ill! It is the biggest crock of PR
nonesense, and is only cover since the administration wants perhaps more time
for a potentially expanding Big 12 to make room and accomodate them? That would
be the best scenario for BYU Athletics, and makes sense if they are trying to
avoid the pitfall of returning to the MWC. But BYU to the NIT? I
wouldn't hold your breath since they favor .500 teams from the high profile
leagues that don't get into the NCAA. The CIT is a "maybe" but a
very big "maybe." This might just be the first Dave Rose team to sit
out the post season completely, but hopefully it won't be Rose's last
at BYU. Oklahoma nearly got him 2 years ago and Utah desperately wanted him,
and it would not surprise me sadly for BYU if he chose to leave largely due to
the league alignment situation in Provo making his job here more difficult.For the official record the vast majority of BYU fans dislike the WCC,
and would prefer returning to the MWC if the Big 12 doesn't happen.
I disagree that the WCC is a good fit for us... There are 9 schools with an
average attendance of about 5,000 students... BYU has 30,000 students...If BYU were in the MWC or one of the BCS Conferences attendance and
enthusiasm would triple,Recruiting would be twice as eash, and the best part is
that scheduling would be about 10 times better.To say that the WCC
is a good fit is simply saying that I don't want to rock the
Administration's or the Board of Trustee's Boat...The
folks calling the shots for BYU Athletics have messed up big time in not
actively pursuing a larger conference membership and now that the mess has
occured the Politically Correct thing to do is to fein happiness with
Independence and with the WCC... Well this is one BIG COUGAR FAN that says
Hogwash to all of that... BYU belongs in a conference with schools it's
size and who compete on the highest levels.The Decision Makers are
making bad choices for BYU Athletics and it is beginning to show on the field
and on the court and in our recruiting (particularly Football)...
With your 1-8 record against st Mary's and Gonzaga I would have to agree
that those two teams think you are a good fit.Pepperdine and
lollipop Maryland were sometimes giving Gonzaga and st Mary's some
challenges, nice for them to have some automatic wins with byu
I know a lot of people with the wcc and its two bids. The wcc will get 5!
Which is the better place to be? It's a no brainer. I know the coaches
have to toe the party line but independence in football has come at a great
price to other sports.
I don't think it's a good fit. If you call playing against teams that
show twice the emotion and grit than you do, then I guess it's a good fit!