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Published: Thursday, June 5 2014 11:45 p.m. MDT

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Aurora, CO

Good to talk up the option of joining the Big-12. Sure there is a lot of talk from Ute fans that it will never happen but coach talking it up won't hurt...besides it will give the haters something to dwell on.

Smart move coach.

Goooooooooooo Cougars

Washington, DC

Props to Bronco for stepping out and promoting the program. TCU and WVU were some really bad adds to the Big 12. They should have gone for BYU, Louisville, and Pitt in the early going.

Like how he said that BYU brings in the entire Salt Lake Market. How true!

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Going to the Big12 is a step down in exposure and a step up in competition. BYU does have a solid record against those teams though (save TCU).

I would rather be independent thank you.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

See this is proofs we have the entire utah and Salt lake city markets.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Steven S Jarvis

I'm not sure you understand the reality with what is happening in the world of CFB. Taking independence over the Big-12 is crazy. Your own coach is, very wisely, promoting BYU to the Big-12. Also, I think playing games in a P5 would be better for exposure because the rest of the CFB world would be paying attention. Nobody is gong to care, or even notice, when BYU travels to Murfreesboro later this year.

Honestly, I hope BYU gets in. It would be great for football in this state as a whole, and it would bring a great new dynamic to the rivalry.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@Two for Flinching

byu is not our rival anymore. byu's rivalry game is against middle Tennessee this year.

There isn't a single power conference team that is rivals with a non-power conference team, other than Notre Dame.

Salt Lake City, UT

See this is proofs we have the entire utah and Salt lake city markets.

And this comment proves you are a ute masquerading as a Y fan.....

How big is the rice bowl ETBASS?
...and how many years ago was it that you only filled it once every two years?

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Good for Mendenhall for saying what is true. From a visibility standpoint BYU is a no-brainer. BYU is competitive in most sports and brings a huge audience. The Big12 would be fortunate to get a school like BYU.

Proud Ute

Just wish Bronco wouldn't beg.
It's Holmoe's job to do that.

Mexican Ute
mexico, 00

Props to Coach Roscoe for doing that.

Those BYU fans that would choose to remain independent over joining the Big 12 must be smoking a substance that is prohibited by the Honor Code...

Having lived in Texas I could see where BYU could enter that league. There would be a big rivalry with Baylor (Mormons vs. Baptists) that would be rather lovely.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

There is just one thing preventing byu from joining the Big 12: The Big 12 does not want to invite byu.

American Fork, UT

I like this move - I think the BIG12 is the way to go.

Independence has been great - love the exposure and the scheduling. But with the playoff system, it's way too beneficial to be in a power conference.

And before all these Utes coming crying about what Bronco said, you got to realize its the truth. BYU has always been and always will be a bigger, better draw than the Utes could ever dream of being.

Utah is a regional draw only - barely that! Who outside of Salt Lake even follows the Utes? BYU on the other hand has an enormous fan base - and growing.

The Big12 needs to add BYU and soon. I'd also love to see the Cougars play Big12 basketball - that would be fun. Especially with these dominate recruiting classes Coach Rose is bringing in!

Michael Romney
Salt Lake, UT

A few years ago the Big 12 offered by the lifeline of a lifetime as a one and only time offer to join the Power Conferences and be relevant. What did Holmoe and byu tell the big 12? "Give us what you give Texas because we deserve it"

And now byu has no one to blame but themselves that they will NEVER be relevant ever again. But don't be upset brothers, there is nothing wrong with being a mid-major for the rest of time, well, as long as the church decides to let the football team remain.

Cheers brothers!

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

One more indication that BYU recognizes the need to be in a Big 5 conference to accomplish it's goals.

Omaha, NE

The underlying unspoken is whether Bronco had the backing of Holmes for this interview and comments or is he stepping out and public ally going againstl Holmes. If he is fronting for Holmes then game changer, BYU wants a conference, if not fronting then a break between coaches and administration which will spill over into players and recruiting. BYU may not be able to ever play in a major bowl game the way things are unfolding.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

No one is going to take a team that dictates what days they will and will not play on. Thats just the way it is. Look on the bright side, a bowl vs. the winner of the National, or is the the American, conference awaits. BYU has a great chance of beating Quaker State in the Miami Beach Bowl; and that rocks!


But what happened to independence being the greatest thing ever?

Seriously though I hope this happens. Having both the Big 12 and the Pac 12 would be great for the state, and it would make football season more fun.

Here's hoping the cougars make it into the big leagues.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Chris B

I respectfully disagree. BYU is no longer the most important game on our schedule, but they will always be our rival.


So, Bronco, you claim to have the entire Salt Lake market. Where is your proof? As you drive around most areas of the valley, you see mostly University of Utah flags in neighborhoods displayed as well as U of U decals on cars. There are only occasional BYU flags, decals, etc. throughout the valley. By the same token, in the Provo/Orem area there are mostly BYU signs, stickers, etc. with occasion University of Utah flags, etc.

For Bronco to make his assertion that the Salt Lake area is his is preposterous. It shows a distorted view of his own school's self importance. And it's totally false.

Glendora, CA

There's still an outside chance BYU can get in. It revolves, however, around the Sunday issue.
Unfortunately, even in this religiously conservative area of the country, such as Texas, football comes before God and family.

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