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Published: Thursday, July 24 2014 8:10 p.m. MDT

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MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

"As for Pac-12 expansion, Scott said there are no plans to do so at the moment, nor in the foreseeable future."

Why is it that a Des News reporter just can't help but ask this question when Scott is available to speak with Utah press? Ok, Des News...here's your final answer:

“And in our conference, we’re just delighted with 12.”

Get it?

Now you're heard from the SEC, ACC, Big 12, and Pac-12. They are not interested. Thank your lucky stars that the Pac-12 schools will throw the cougs a bone and schedule an average of 1.5 games per year with them. Be grateful for what an elite conference is willing to do for you and please stop whining. You chose the path you are on...live with it or call the AAC. That's one bridge byu hasn't burned...yet.

Common-Tator
Saint Paul, MN

Glad to see the conference commissioner make an unbiased statement concerning games with BYU. It seems at least a few folk aren't overly affected by the "me only" attitude that has been reflected by other sports figures throughout the nation.

DuckInSLC
Sandy, UT

Just so people know I changed my name from DuckOuttaWater (seemed too long and weird haha) to just DuckInSLC. Anyway, I want my Ducks to schedule some games with the Cougs. I can call my LDS friends over for jello and milkshakes while my Ducks pull out a narrow victory! Cmon Rob Mullens, schedule a home and home with BYU.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Its like being in the conference, without the burden of conference money!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I love my PAC 12 membership!

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

"Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said it “makes a lot of sense” for teams in his conference to schedule football games against independent BYU." of course it makes sense to play byu you get a quality win and exposure on ESPN. I hope bigger conferences routinely schedule byu in the future. It will boost there conferences by giving them a guaranteed win over a quality opponent.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm not sure with SLC media hack walked into PAC-12 media day and asked about BYU, but they should have been escorted from the room. Silver lining is that only one more conference needs to look at BYU in the face and give a firm "No", and we'll have a perfect 5/5. Look out BIG 10, Dick Harmon and the Cougars are coming!

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Dirk,

Ask Mr. Harmon to ask Commissioner Scott if he too is "uncomfortable" with BYU because of the "cocktail" climate in Utah.

Back Talk
Federal Way, WA

Agreeing to a scheduling agreement with the Pac 12 at some time in the future is really what BYU needs. It also makes a lot of sense for the Pac 12 both in attendance and easier travel.

Just like with all of the talk about super conferences a couple of years ago and now all of the legal challenges facing college sports, we will have to wait a few years to see what really happens.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Well, I guess we've covered the "BYU angle" of every power conference's media day. As near as I can tell, there really isn't one. Is this going to be an annual tradition?

worf
Mcallen, TX

With a weak team, the utes are not fitting in the Pac 12. They were less then average in the WAC, and MWC. This year will be minus a victory present win from BYU.

Are the utes making the PAC 12 conference look stronger then they are?

Colorado is our rival
Salt Lake, UT

I wish we stopped playing byu. They need our conference in a bad way as they already have one of the worst schedules in the nation.

If we stopped playing them we would push them so far into irrelevance their program would be over. With just a few games a year against the big boys, if we didnt give them PAC 12 games they would be in full panic mode.

Lets not help them. In fact, lets do all we can to bury them. And to do that we just need to do nothinh(stop scheduling them)

BlueNtheFace
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

C'mon Ute fans, you can't be that insecure about a blurb or two about BYU that snuck into Scott's remarks. The journalist also asked a loaded question about expansion that was sure to satisfy the BYU haters.

We're somewhat relevant in the discussion anyway. The Cougars already have plans to play 8 of the 12 teams, some multiple times. We are one of the closest quality non-P5 teams in terms of vicinity to other PAC-12 teams. We are circled (as opposed to other OOC teams or even PAC teams) on the Utes' schedule per Dres.

Hey MyPerspective. Do you think our move to indy was ever meant to be permanent, no matter what happens to the college football landscape. You're naive if you do. P5 > Indy > MWC. We have to wait/earn our turn for inclusion if it ever comes. "No one is interested" is obvious - for now.

Good luck with your season and getting some respect.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Well, Ute fans, part of the reason Larry is so darned excited to have Utah and Colorado is because that allows them to have a conference championship game, it allows Utah to be content to be picked at #5 in the Southern Division, and it allows Utah and Colorado to be the bottom feeders in the conference, a big relief for Washington State and Arizona. It doesn't push Arizona any closer to the Rose Bowl, by the way, but at least they now aren't picked to be in the cellar every year.

So MyPerspective and Chris B, enjoy your position because you aren't going bowling for a long time, and likely never to the Rose Bowl. Do enjoy...!!

I Still Can't Say It
Holladay, UT

I'm thinking Larry Scott rolls his eyes whenever somebody asks him about BYU. Sure, some PAC-12 teams are willing to schedule 2 home games for 1 in Provo with BYU but that's it. BYU will never be invited to join the PAC-12.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

So the latest angle is for Notre Dame of the West to align with PAC-12 annually for 5 games? Just like ACC and Notre Dame?

Not going to happen, ACC has 8 conference games and must play one more with ND or a P5 team.

We have 9 conference games, even if we changed to 8 games we would have to redefine BYU as a P5 team. Which won't happen considering SEC has spoken on that matter already.

tdlawton
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Dirk Facer covers University of Utah sports for the Deseret News."

Well except when he covers Pac-12 media days for the DNews and (I hope it was orders) has to embarrass himself by asking more BYU questions that UofU questions.

Between this and Vai Sikahema's butchering of the Harvey Langi story the DNews has had a pretty embarrassing month... It is always obvious and sad to see a "New" organization trying to drive PR rather than report the News...

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

@Colorado is our rival...

That was probably the funniest comment I have read all night... The stats over the years are clear, BYU sports a much stronger athletic program than the U... Ask any Sports Editors east of the Mississippi and they will loudly tell you that BYU is far ahead of Utah in and sport with the exception of Gymnastics.

The only reason that the utes are even in the conference is because 5 of 6 B12 schools turned the pac12 invites down... That left them with 11 and they needed one more for balance... the utes were the only ones available in the west... The Board of Regents weren't going to allow a Mormon Faith Based School into their conference, Boise State has a poor academic reputation and consequently couldn't be invited, So who else could they choose? No one... they were the last kid on the playground and the Conference needed a 12th team, so they took Utah... And Washington State, Arizona, California and Oregon State were glad they did... Otherwise WSU doesn't go to a Bowl last year (to break their bowl drought) and WSU's basketball team would have gone winless in Conference play.

eagle
Provo, UT

BYU vs. Utah, this needs to happen. Bummer...

Chris from Rose Park
Hartford, CT

@Colorado is our rival

Why the animosity towards BYU? Why do you want to bury them? Seriously though, why? I can understand wanting to beat them, even rout them. It's fun. It's an in-state rivalry. It pits friends and family against each other. There's a lot of great things about two teams having it out for each other. But I don't understand the desire to bury their entire program. It's got to go deeper than football, otherwise it just doesn't make sense.

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