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Published: Monday, June 23 2014 8:25 a.m. MDT

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Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT

I'm looking for a couple things:

1) An update on the investigation. The violations were most likely pretty minor and won't cost us scholarships, but who knows if recruits could be turned away by a possible punishment down the road? Hopefully BYU can end this once and for all on Monday. It can only help BYU to quickly get this thing out of the way.

2) I can almost guarantee that BYU will announce a series with a big time program. Last year it was USC. If I remember correctly, Nebraska, Michigan, Stanford, and Wisconsin were all announced on a media day, some in 2011 and some in 2012. It may have been a different time of year that some were announced, but I remember USC last year for sure. There's a chance we hear more details on our Notre Dame series too.

3) Anything about our relationship with the Big 12. And I don't want to hear "we want to be in the Big 12". I want to hear BYU's chances of making it in, or of getting a scheduling agreement.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

"The violations were most likely pretty minor and won't cost us scholarships"

tyson4hisman

Where did you read this? Cougarboard? Until the NCAA comes back with a verdict the penalty can range from a public slap on the wrist to the death penalty.

If your a bYu recruit, it's just another reason to shy away from this program.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

ND, Army, and BYU will be the only 3 independent teams (this year? or next?)

Therefore, all other teams are in a conference. For those teams out of conference games serve several purposes. Primarily: opportunity to prepare for conference; Also a chance to play a variety of teams not in conference. This allows for variety both in teams played and location.

As members of the PAC-12, Utah is able to schedule three non conference games each year. This years schedule is perfect. The first three games are against non-conference foes. Idaho State should allow us to play many combinations of players and test our new offensive scheme. Fresno State - series is 5wins 4 losses for Utah and last played 15 years ago. Michigan - the big house and a true test! Then we're into conference - and what a November! Oregon in RES. Stanford away; Arizona in RES; and Colorado away.

BYU? Perfect to play every 3 or 4 or 5 years in preseason. They are a great opponent for us to get ready for conference.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Taysom4Heisman

I believe the Nebraska announcement in 2/12 was when Nebraska announced they had scheduled four opening game opponents. As I recall they were: Florida Atlantic, BYU, Fresno State, and So. Alabama. (I believe their 2013 opening opponent (Wyoming) was already scheduled.) Almost a SEC schedule.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I look forward to hearing the answers to these questions in future articles. I might include a couple of follow-ups:

1. What is on the table in negotiations to enter a major conference. I presume playing on Sunday is out. Are television rights, especially the right to rebroadcast home games on your own network, untouchable as well?

2. Is Independence still a viable option in the current landscape of college sports or is it dependent on the P5 granting BYU the same type of status they give to Notre Dame?

3. The worst kept secret in the NCAA is that many athletes receive "impermissible benefits" - often just to get by economically. What is BYU's position on increasing benefits to student athletes that pays the true cost of going to school?

4. Will there be a long-term contract with Utah for the "rivalry game" or will it continue to be negotiated two or three years at a time with no game at all sometimes?

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Good questions. I hope these things are covered and answered. Some things we know from years past...the offensive line will be one of the best ever...the running attack will consist of 3 different plays all run into the middle of the line...quarterback play will be projected as improved unless you count passing...line backing will be reported as better with KVN's departure being ignored...we'll have the best group of receivers ever...the schedule is going to be really tough...oh, the offense will be creative and well designed...finally, half time will be used to make adjustments in the game plan so that we actually do better in the 3rd quarter.

Bluto
Sandy, UT

Here is hoping that BYU never schedules Utah again.

BYU fans would much rather see games with prominent Pac teams with National Brands and Legacy, (just like BYU) and not their Conference Bottom-feeders.

Seriously, UCLA, USC, Cal, ASU, Arizona, Stanford, Washington....versus....Utah?
Let's get serious folks.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Utah-BYU, when it is played, does not belong in November. Sorry.

November is for conferences positioning. Not nonconference exhibition games.

BYU belongs in September or occasionally October on Utah's schedule.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Whose idea was it for BYU to go independent?

If it was a success or failure who was responsible for this idea?

Aggie5
Kuna, ID

Bronco won't last another 2 years. Poor outcomes, strange decisions on plays and lack of offense. And then the violations to boot. BYU will not except violations and keep a coach.

Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT

@hedgehog

I actually read it on BYU's official website, and a person within the program said they do not anticipate major violations or major punishments. In fact, there is a chance the NCAA won't punish BYU at all and everything will be self-imposed. Don't trick yourself into thinking the death penalty (or anything close to it) is a possibility.

@Aggie5

Considering Bronco's contract is through 2016, he will last at least 3 years unless the program really went downhill or if Bronco was involved in covering up the violations. And neither of those are very likely. His job is very stable.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@Aggie5 - don't worry, Kyle Whitingham will get fired either this or next year. Bronco will be demoted to keep his D"s job while Kyle take over HD at BYU! Sound good to me.

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

DEW Cougars:

Kyle will never come into the Cougars coaching system or athletic system. Those responsible for making the ultimate decision will remember his snippy comment after the game where the Ute fans flooding the field almost cost them the game, "we had to beat them 3 times in order to win".

MapleDon
Springville, UT

Can this BYU and Big 12 promo please stop? The Big 12 is not interested in BYU due to the fact that BYU does not bring enough to the table to make the conversation worthwhile. Same goes for the other major conferences. This is not news and only stirs up false hopes in BYU fans.

Move on.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

panana-- I don't see that comment by Kyle as being "snippy" at all. It's what happened and I'm a BYU fan. I can't imagine how hard it is to keep comments measured in the high pressured situation following a game like that. Kyle's a good coach and man whether he ever works at BYU or not.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Bluto
Sandy, UT
Here is hoping that BYU never schedules Utah again.

BYU fans would much rather see games with prominent Pac teams with National Brands and Legacy, (just like BYU) and not their Conference Bottom-feeders.

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Sure, keep taking those 2 for 1s if they make you happy.

LOL

BYU is such a national brand that the ACC and SEC think they are nothing more than a MWC grade program. And they are right.

Enjoy that national brand.

Ha ha ha.

Sandyclaws
Salt Lake City, UT

@Tomahawk Red

"BYU is such a national brand that the ACC and SEC think they are nothing more than a MWC grade program. "

Your comment is meaningless because of Utah's example. The Utes are in the PAC 12 and, judging by their performance so far, they are still nothing more than a MWC grade program.

And at the end of nearly every season, BYU is ranked higher than Utah, so I'd have to say that BYU's chances are pretty good.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Typically on byu's media day, Utah has a big announcement, just to take what little attention byu would get away from byu. Its not so much we're competing against byu(we own them on the field) but any time we get increase the profile of our program and do something that byu doesn't like, its good with me!

I wonder what Utah's announcement will be today

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Bluto is right Utah needs us way more then we need them. Anyone will line up to play us with a national brand and great teams and NFl players n'stuff.
We don't need utah they need a good schedule not us.
Byu really didn't commit anything wrong. The Ncaa just wan'ts to make us look bad but we didn't do anything wrong.

CougOrUte..Naah
Nibley, UT

BYU not scheduling Utah any more? That is the best idea I have heard this morning. BYU would get far better exposure and national attention by beating the better teams in the PAC10+2 than beating the teams that reside in the lower half of the conference. The problem though is actually winning those games. The loss to Washington in the bowl game was huge, that really set you back as far as prestige. But losing to Utah was even bigger. I am not sure that losing to a upper level PAC10+2 team is better than losing to a bottom dwelling Utah. I think it is a great idea, play the upper level PAC10+2 team, put a team on the field that can compete and/or even win, that is a lot smarter than playing Utah on a consistent basis. However, Utah hasn't become competitive in PAC10+2 in 3 seasons, can BYU do it in 1 or 2?

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