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Published: Friday, Aug. 15 2014 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Virginia Beach, Va

This is one market that is overdue for a correction.

Ann Arbor, MI

Of course bYu will be left in the dust. But it's probably for the best. bYu will continue to be on of the better teams of the leftovers. bYu fans demand wins and they will continue to get them.

South Jordan, Utah

Do we really have to rehash this again??? The answer is maybe yes, maybe no - because at this juncture nobody knows.

Let it go already.

Bountiful, UT

The most expensive piece of this will be lifetime health insurance for injuries sustained while being a college athlete. This aspect will dwarf the cost of stipends.

As recruits learn of this benefit, part of recruiting may involve the quality of healthcare available from the school. Universities with medical schools and professors of medicine may have an advantage in attracting athletes, over schools that have physicians who are in general practice.

Provo, UT

BYU will be left behind.

Norman, OK

I would love to have both BYU and USU in the BigXII. That would actually put us up to twelve members. Both have quality football and basketball programs.

Lincoln City, OR


Please explain to us why a University with a Medical School would have an advantage? Do you think that their health care would cost them less to provide? Are you suggesting that injured athletes could only get care from the School's Medical Facilities?

I submit that that it won't make a dime's worth of difference. Athletes come from all over the country and move all over the place... Continued medical coverage is going to have to be available to them wherever they live or the school that restricts that coverage will be at a distinct disadvantage.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We are in front now and not behind like we were because our pac brothers like us now.

Go Utes!

Sandy, UT


10CC obviously doesn't understand the simple economics of opportunity costs, that even IF every Utah athlete could have lifetime sports-related injury care performed at the U of U Medical Center, every second spent by doctors and staff caring for Utah athletes would cost the university a second of time that could be used to care for other patients. Every dollar saved would be offset by a dollar lost.

Salt Lake City, UT

Dick Harmon: "MWC, American Athletic Conference, and BYU will do what is appropriate.”
Does the WCC intend to keep up?

West Jordan, Utah

Maybe it's me but I think we are ready to take a long break from 'autonomy' and Power 5 talk and just focus on the football season.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I think there is a danger that the "have-nots" may start sacrificing the non-revenue sports to keep from falling behind in football and basketball. That is something that everyone seems to lose site of.

Cedar Hills, UT

the Y had its chance but was left out in the cold. TCU and Utah were taken instead to BCS conferences. BYU will have to settle for second tier status going forward.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

Of course they will be!

And I will laugh and remind those programs the entire time. Wyoming, savannah state, usu, byu, and every other mid major will essentially become the new division II.

If they want to schedule their own playoffs or something like that, fine. We don't care.

But they will be even more irrelevant in the future than they are now.

Bye bye mid majors. Your programs for all intents and purposes are over.

It's a bad bad time to be an irrelevant mid major like usu and byu.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

Yes, and we(the power conferences) simply don't care.

We will continue to take nearly all the money, nearly all the best athletes, all the spots in the playoffs, and we couldn't care less if it hurts mid majors. It's not our job to try and keep you in the national picture.

We will soon be playing only each other and mid majors will never have a shot at anything noteworthy.

Byu and usu's games against the big boys will soon decrease from 1-3 a year to zero.

Yes, it will ruin your programs dreams of big time bowl games and playoffs.

But we don't care.

Ya, the truth hurts. That is, if you are a mid major.

Danbury, CT

One element was left out of the article - who pays for all of this. Fans already pay an enormous amount for tickets. The only way to fund more is to get more out of corporate sponsors and the networks, especially ESPN. That means increasing cable and satellite fees. Schools in big metro areas and in well funded universities will move forward. The separation between the haves and the have nots started decades ago and moved up a notch with the BCS schools. The FBS arrangement further institutionalizes it in season scheduling and new ways of business model funding.

Short answer - BYU already hasn't kept up - we failed to get into any kind of FBS consideration by not going to any BCS bowl. The train left us a long time ago.

Provo, ut

As the price to maintain these programs continues to rise perhaps some universities will review what their mission is and try just educating students rather than run a farm team for the NFL.

Granstville, UT

@ jina,
Yes, and I would love to have a million dollars fall from the sky into my backyard. I think my wish will happen before yours.

Syracuse, UT

Is everyone forgetting that in the end Congress will get involved in this? We are looking at years of debate and discussion. Don't everyone get their knickers in a knot!

Sandy, UT


Does the MPSF intend to keep up?

Don't kid yourself. This could affect thousands of non-revenue sport athletes from PAC 12 schools, including the Red Rocks, as well.

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