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Published: Friday, July 11 2014 11:50 p.m. MDT

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Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

" Nebraska, UCLA, Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Washington State, Cincinnati, Southern Miss, USC and Stanford. "

Southern Miss definitely doesn't belong on this list. The Golden Eagles are 1-23 over the past two seasons and they compete in C-USA

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I enjoyed the comments about not missing playing in places like Laramie. I remember LaVell Edwards once said that "Laramie isn't the end of the world but you can see it from there." I haven't heard complaints from either BYU or Utah about their new travel destinations. Apparently sports writers who travel with the teams don't mind the change either.

Challenge to the Foe
Fargo, ND

Go Cougars! Here's hoping for a great season with many exciting games all over the country. I'm planning on a warm week in Miami in December to see my Cougs play in their bowl game! Independence definitely has its advantages!

South Jordan, UT

We as a team just love traveling 15,000 miles so we can see historic sites. At least we aren't Hawaii. I'm sure the team really feels that way. If you say it enough, you start believing it.

New to Utah

College Footballs earthquake is still rumbling. BYU was fortunate to get the contract with ESPN but the conference re-alignment is still happening. The independence which has temporarily helped BYU could come crashing down if big name conference affiliated teams stop scheduling the Y.ESPN would not continue to schedule non marquee games. A good conference affiliation has more stability and a better long term outcome than independence.

Bluffdale, UT

What's the point without conference positioning? What's the goal? It's time to join a conference...please.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Several weeks ago Bronco lobbied the B12 for an invitation... now we read that the players like independence.

The BYU program seems a little conflicted on the value of being independent and excluded from P5 conference membership.

hi, UT

I recall the Wyoming, Utah, Utah State, Colorado State, etc. days, and when they visited Provo year-in-year-out. Never had any doubt about what kind of influence BYU had on them—meaning a negative influence. They had a special brand of cheering just for BYU. A fresh group of teams to visit and who visit is more in line with the BYU mission. Personally, I hope they always stay independent. (A national championship is a pipe dream anyway.)

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Friday an article about how BYU should be in the Big 12 and Saturday an article how great independence is. Seems like the DN sports writers just can't decide. Which is it? Independence or we belong in a big boy conference? Truth is BYU is independent because no conference wants them.

Heber City, UT

I view independence the same way Bronco views it. It is a great way to play lots of teams on national TV and get the word out there on what BYU is all about. BYU has the ability to make it work for now. But ultimately, independence needs to be a launching point into the Big 12. I doubt the Pac-12 will want BYU. Even though BYU brings much more money than utah or colorado, we were denied because of Sunday play. Unless the Pac-12 becomes so desperate for a team to bring more revenue in, they won't budge on bringing BYU in. The Big 12 seems much more willing to work with that.

Unfortunately, it seems like Tom Holmoe is far too content with independence long term. He doesn't seem to see a reason for joining. I think he needs to realize that independence needs to be our path to get into the Big 12, not a place to stay long term.

scenic view
Baltimore, MD


Southern Miss was 12-2 and finished #20 in both polls in 2011; that's much better than anything Utah or Colorado have done in the last five seasons.

Colorado - 2-10, 6-7, 5-7, 3-9, 5-7, 3-10, 1-11, 4-8 - hasn't had a winning record since 2005; shades of things to come for Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT

And here comes the damage control...

The last 4 weeks has seen Mendenhall make it clear that he doesn't like independence (way to support your AD, Bronco) and byu fans finally acknowledged that they would much rather be in a conference. The ESPN contract was all but forgotten in the pleas to the Big12 and criticisms from the SEC and ACC. Holmoe can't deliver what his stakeholders want so the Des News is ramping up the "independence is great" sales pitch again.

Since byu fans love to hate the Utes it's fun to point out that even the Utes, ostensibly shackled by their elite conference, play in three time zones this year. One of those games is in the storied "Big House."

That said, who wants to be the first to talk about the most exciting home game the cougs have this year...Utah St?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


Lol! Ya, because getting a variety of teams like unlv, Virginia, middle Tennessee, is way better than playing the same old teams like Stanford, Oregon, USC, and ucla year after year after year.

How boring huh?

Anyone buying this?


But for the involvement in the playoffs and Bowl game issues - Independence has real benefits. The variety is great but the inconsistancy is bad. Kind of like dating as opposed to being married.

Some times you get great games and other - well not so cool - but the truth is if you could solve the Bowl game issue I would enjoy the rotation.

Having said all that I must admit - Notre Dame figured it out best by getting to remain free and at the same time get 5 ACC games a year. Nice move.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

Of course, Southern Miss belongs on this list. It's about the travel, etc., not the school's record. Just think of the great southern foods that the team can enjoy (hopefully) such as the ribs, pulled pork, etc. Hope the "training table" will include these great culinary delights!

Just Wondering...
Gilbert, AZ

...why no one included RES on the list of exciting destinations? I thought that Utah was a prestigious P5 institution with a long history of football success, just like the others on the list?

Highland, UT


Yea because traveling around the country and going to bunches of stadiums is something no one enjoys. I mean nobody's bucket list involves traveling the country and going to sporting events in lots of different stadiums. That is why fans never follow their teams to other places to watch them play because no one enjoys doing that. lol

Layton, UT

The head coach conducted the survey. What are the players supposed to say? The results are predictable. He was putting out a fire before it flared. You know, damage control.

Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

As a Cougar fan, I have objected to and hated Independence from day 1.

I still do.

I will not return to the Cougar Club and full support of BYU athletics until we have a home in a legitimate Conference.


Michael Romney
Salt Lake, UT

One day the des news is telling us Independence is preferable to a power conference and the next its about how byu need to get in to the Big 12. BYU fans know there program is in a horrible situation and will likely never be relevant again as the P5 have all made it clear byu is not on the same level.


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