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Published: Friday, May 30 2014 12:35 p.m. MDT

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Christopher B
Ogden, UT

I'm excited to see byu's football program be kicked even further down and further separated from the future of college football.

BYU fans are trying to tell themselves still its just a few socks, but even Vai seems certain there was free/reduced rent being given to athletes.

And the chances it was a bishop giving a one time help to an out of town student?

Ya, good luck, keep telling yourself it was just that and some socks.

When the dust settles it will be clear there were several byu employees involved, several students involved, and a very bad reflection on byu.

Byu and/or the NCAA will come down hard(at least I hope they do)

And the future of byu's relevance in college football will be even more diminished.

I'm excited to continue to watch the downfall.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

There used to be a one in a million chance one of the big boy conferences was going to save the byu football program from permanent division II status along with the rest of the mid-majors as the power 5 separates ourselves from the mid-majors. You know, the Lloyd Christmas one in a million kind of chance.

Now with these NCAA violations, that one in a million is now gone.

byu, Utah state, Wyoming, and the rest of the mid-majors should start coming up with their own playoff formatting if they ever want a chance to play in one. As the power 5 continue to move on and leave behind the mid-majors, it will be impossible for any mid-major to participate?

Lawsuits to keep byu in?


Ya, and Wyoming should file a lawsuit demanding they have access to the Pac 12 title game

Keep telling yourselves that.

I wonder how many scholarships will be lost and players suspended for these rules violations. Nice to see byu brought a dose of humility and reality.


The NCAA is just like any other organization, it must grow or die. Unfortunately, with so much money at stake the NCAA seems more like a fast-growing, chaotic jungle controlling student-athlete civilization to the point of strangulation.

The NCAA should be an organization dedicated to helping all students to become successful menmbers of society. It is okay to have rules but they need to be enforced with compassion, mercy and love.

In its current form the NCAA clearly needs some student/faculty/alumni/fan oversight!

Sandy, UT

A recent letter was sent out by Larry Scott with input from all Pac 12 presidents to all the commissioners and presidents of each school in the SEC, ACC, Big 10, and Big 12. In it Scott spelled out our plan to move beyond the total control of the NCAA. This will enable the big conferences to start offering more financial aid money to student athletes and will conference will have more autonomy. Word is that the other conferences fully agree and we are all together in our effort to establish a new format. It will hurt smaller schools and conferences that wish they were on the same level, but they aren't. If will give the "haves" more and the "have nots" even less.

And that's life.

Cosmo's Cousin
Holladay, UT

A major news organization tweeted today that BYU will join the Big 12. I for one believe!

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

@Cosmo - Utah will win 10 Rose Bowls before byu gets a Big 12 invite.

LOL - you're like Ernest T Bass huh? Keep it up!

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

@Cosmo's Cousin
A major news organization tweeted today that Utah will go to a bowl game this year. I for one believe!

Mission Viejo, CA

@big 12
Utah won't win 10 Rose Bowls in a hundred years.

One of a Few
Layton, UT

Somebody must of thought it would be a good idea for this column in terms of shoring up support with the fan base. But it sure seems odd to try and round up the strays by lobbing additional, blatant, and perhaps serious NCAA violations into the herd. I'm not sure that helps.

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

@BlueHusky, and byU wont get invited to the Big 12 in that time either

Las Vegas, NV


I believe that KSL's twitter account was hacked. I have read that that is where the Big 12 announcement came from.


Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT


" I have read that that is where the Big 12 announcement came from"

Where did you read that from?


@Christopher B and Did the big 12 call yet, what part in the article did you not understand where Vai said "every" university is operating in a grey area? Do you not remember Rick Majerus getting in trouble with the NCAA for doing basically the same thing with Keith Van Horn? How many Tongans are on the Ute's team? Did you not read how they are probably violating the NCAA rules also? This is not a BYU v Utah situation. Take off your hater glasses.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

It looks like there is a lot less is going on here than meets the eye.

Am I the only who has noticed that what is missing from all these allegations of wrong-doing is any even approaching a "corrupt motive?" Nobody even suggests that was about recruiting, fixing games, or bribery. Meanwhile the supposed culprit perpetrating these alleged NCAA crimes is described by everyone (and I mean EVERYBODY) in terms usually reserved for Mother Teresa.

Its time for the NCAA to pick up the yellow flag and wave this one off.

Cosmo's Cousin
Holladay, UT


The Twitter feed may or may not have been hacked. Either way, the Big 12 has to expand and BYU will be by far the best choice out there. The Big 12 asked BYU to join before but BYU can afford to be picky and wait for the best conference situation possible.

Ute fans are threatened because major conferences will want BYU. The Cougars will go into either the Big 12 or the Big 10, which ever offers the best deal for BYU sports and BYU's higher cause.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


What part of byu broke NCAA rules do you not understand?

If byu broke rules, and it appears serious ones were broke, they should be harshly punished and further relegated to a position far away from relevance, even more than they are now

Salt Lake City, UT

@Blue Husky

"Utah won't win 10 Rose Bowls in a hundred years."

I will make one correction to your statement: Eliminate the word "Rose".

Big J
Bountiful, UT

Great story. It is a mess but it is the mess all schools must do their best to live under. Always love your stuff.

Go Utes.

Salt Lake City, UT

Cosmo's Cousin "the Big 12 has to expand and BYU will be by far the best choice out there."

The Big12 fantasy always boil down to this: "the Big12 will HAVE to take us".

Contrast that with the Utes. The PAC didn't have to take Utah. They wanted to take Utah.

West Point , UT

Look I hate to be the realist in all this but BYUs chances of ever getting to a national championship, major conference or not, are about the same as Utah's chances of ever getting there either. Utah would have to win the PAC12 championship. "LOL"

BYU would have to be in a major conference, most likely, and do they have any better chance? Probably not. Pick your poison...irrelevance with the big boys that will always out recruit U and render you to the bottom rung, or irrelevance by never playing with the big boys. The outcome is the same. Hate to burst Chris' bubble and all his hater multiple personalities, but U will never be relevant either.

There are about 20 elite programs and U aren't one of them. Enjoy the Sun Bow, every 6-7 years. Yay! Good for U, but that's reality.

GO DAWGS! (One of the truly elite programs Utah will never measure up to).

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