Brad Rock: TV exposure has helped fuel Boise State's fast rise

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  • ute4ever West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 29, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    The potential of great exposure is there. But, let me say this....New Mexico State's access to ESPN was as good as Boise States in the past, due to the WAC contract with ESPN. The reason Boise St was annointed the chosen ones and not New Mexico State (or another WAC doormat) and featured so often was because they were winning.

    If BYU starts out 0-4 next year (real possibility), is ESPN really going to want to pump a 0-4 BYU team against a terrible Utah State team on it's main ESPN channel. Probably not. They might get televised on ESPNU on a Wednesday night or something, but nothing where there would be "national exposure". ESPN only gets BYU's home games...and next year the opponents for home games are WEAK (understatement), so the only way BYU gets national exposure in this deal is if they are a winning team. The pressure is on to beat Miss St, Texas, Utah, etc so that the exposure BYU so desperately wants in this deal will be there.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    BSU, welcome to limited TV and many black out games.

    BYU, welcome to the exposure of the global TV network.

    Utah, good luck of finding a TV station. (QVC channel might have open slot about 1-4 am)

  • PAC Member, are U? Cougarville, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    Does Kyle let ARod go or does he pull a Ron McBride in Keeping OC Tommy Lee one season too long?

    Utah's offense is a joke and Kyle's loyalty ARod will cost Utah a decent season next year.

    Tommy Lee couldn't coach his way out of paper bag and cost Ron his job.

    Kyle's got a BIG DECISION to make!

  • the_beav SLC, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 2:59 p.m.

    While TV Exposure is 1 of many factors, it is clearly not the biggest factor. There are many other teams in the WAC that received similar exposure, but not the same success.
    I believe a weak conference and the ability to WIN has been much more important. The next couple of years will determine if the UTES are going to win and attract big recruits or lose and sink into obscurity.
    BYU's independence should allow them to schedule appropriate competition. While I want to see them schedule big name teams, I also want to see them win. It should be fun watching them find the balance.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 27, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    Do you really think ESPN would have put them on TV if they didn't think BSU was doing something people wanted to see. There are tens of teams looking to air time. Credit BSU with being willing to swallow their pride and play a schedule that enabled them to get exposure.

    But I don't think many of these players showed up in Boise to play in a location where many of their families would not be able to see them play if they didn't firmly believe in the program. ESPN is not what has these guys showing up to play in Boise. If is their coaches, and the type of program they have built.

    ESPN is part of the solution, but I don't think the Mountain is the problem. TCU has had not problem getting national recognition. Nevada burst on to the national stage this year without a deep ESPN contract. It is coaching and quality of programs. ESPN will follow - not lead these programs.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:56 p.m.


    The Utes did lose to some very good teams, but the Utes also lost big to an average Notre Dame, and were lucky they didn't lose to Air Force, SDSU, and BYU.

    Wynn's status as Utah's starting QB was already drawing criticism from Utah fans and it's doubtful six months of rehab on that injured shoulder is going to improve Wynn's timing, accuracy or confidence next season.

    Heaps was by far the more poised and confident of the two. An off-season of mastering the offense and honing the timing with his receivers is going to make Heaps and the BYU offense scary good next season.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 26, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    The answer to the questions are.....because Boise is experienced. When you have a QB that has started for three years, and the entire defense returning from the previous year, chances are you are in rhythm and are a pretty good team. The Utes lost to two of the best teams in college football this year. No shame to that. Notre Dame is a storied program. Utah didn't start the season on the cover of Sports Illustrated, ranked in the top 5 or was even predicted to win the conference. Utah had a great year. Jordan has only played a handful games more than Heaps. By the time these two players are seniors, watch what difference it makes in how well the team operates. Give credit to experience, it's nothing the Utes can't get or will have.

  • Coug Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    Re: BSU Fans,

    I've loved watching BSU's rise to national prominence. It reminded me of BYU's rise during the 1980's. The Bronco's offer a great brand of football, and have developed a national following.

    It's too bad that BSU will come to a MWC devoid of it's top tier, as they've bolted for greener pastures, and to be throttled by the MW's horrid tv contract. That national following will struggle to watch BSU, until that contract goes away.

    I was hoping the see the MWC become the wrench in the works of the BCS. But I've watched how the BCS works, they wait until a non-AQ team rises, then they invite them to the party, thus ending the threat (excepting BSU and BYU). My guess is that BSU will eventually be invited to join a BCS conference, provided they can continue their success. Good luck in future seasons.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Dec. 26, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    Does ESPN exposure help in recruiting? Yes. How much, well you decide:

    According to Scouts over the last decade the average class rankings are:

    1. BYU 46.67
    2. Utah 68.22
    3. TCU 70.78
    4. Boise 72.11

    So it seems it is BYU playing with less exposure on the MTN that has the best recruits.

    As the article mentioned Utah has more NFL talent. The NFL draft picks over the same period:

    1. Utah 27
    2. TCU 24
    2. BYU 20
    4. Boise 12

    One would think that with a decade of exposure on ESPN they would have better recruiting classes and NFL talent.

    So could it be that Boise by playing in a ONE team plus a bunch of cupcakes conference has more to do with their success then exposure due to ESPN?

    Boise has done great, just like BYU when they dominated the WAC.

  • spudlydoright McCammon, Idaho
    Dec. 26, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    I grew up in Boise back in the 50's and 60's and have lived in Idaho all of my life. I believe that there are few places in this country that are just special in some hard to put into words way and Boise is one of them. The kids who come here to play ball understand this. Coach Petersen has said as much himself numerous times. And the community does not have any professional teams for competition either. At whatever level they have played at they have always been one of the best and I do not see this changing anytime soon.

  • Slim Shady 801 Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 5:47 p.m.

    To OU812

    Your stats are not correct. Navy has defeated ND 3 of the last four....

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 26, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    Boise State is clearly the loser in this shakeup. If they would have known that BYU, Utah and TCU were leaving the conference; there is no way they leave the WAC. And if BSU doesn't leave, neither do the others.

    BSU will wilt into medicrity over the next few years. They needed the media attention to recruit even more than BYU or Utah.

    And, I don't understand the debate between BYU and Utah's moves. Utah is clearly in a better place by joining the PAC than they were in the MWC. BYU is clearly in a better place by going independent than they were in the MWC.

    I just hope the rivalry continues. BYU's gotten a couple of lucky breaks to win some close games. This year, Utah got a couple of lucky breaks to win the game.

    The other loser in this shakeup is The Mtn. I heard about 70% of their ad revenue comes from Utah and Dallas. With BYU, Utah and TCU gone; this ad revenue will dry up and the station will be backrupt within a couple of years.

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    Dec. 26, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    To answer Teddy Bear 's question, the number is very small. In fact I don't recall any top player from Utah in a long time. Most of Boise's players come from California, Arizona, Oregon, a few from Washington and now Texas with a smattering from Canada. We even have two to three from Europe. We have several who were recruited by Utah and BYU but they were not from there.

  • satch Lehi, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    Boise has been a fun team to watch. This article was well written and thought out. The bad news for BSU is the MTN Network. It is not good for BSU or anyone else, just ask BYU, Utah, TCU or even Air Force.

    As a non-follower of BSU, I have watched them more the last few years than my team BYU, or Utah, because they have been on TV. I am sure that has got to help big when it comes to recruiting. That is about to end.

    Lastly, I have actually been on that blue turf. the field itself is terrible, like playing on felt carpet. It's an old field. Seriously, how can a team be taken seriously when they play on a field affectionately called "Smurf Turf." It is more distracting than anything. Do I care what color they have? Not really. But grass seems to work for everyone else.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    Boise gets better players because they actually run awesome plays.

    They also play to win and go for it on 4th down, run fake punts, and count on their players to pull it off.

    BYU made the right decision mixing up their coaching staff. Get someone in here who can be a bit more creative.

    Utah is solid but they still need to play to win.

  • priest801 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Idaho State...?

  • --JEFFE-- Cedar City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    Now someone please present an argument for why the PAC is better situation to be in?

    And please do not refer to the PAC as "The Conference of Champions" They have not won a NC in football since 2004, and that was taken away.

    Since it is obvious that Utah could never have a chance as an Independent. They are doing the best thing possible in joining a BCS conference.

    Here is what I see...


    Utah will have nearly every limitation they did in the MWC (Besides the obvious AQ Status). Will make more money, and *might* receive better recruits, but that depends solely on how Utah performs. Utah will be competing with the likes of USC, Standford, Oregon, and Cal. All of which have much more to offer than Utah does. And Utah is still limited to conference play.

    I just dont see how this is any better than Independence? I agree it is a big move and I congratulate Utah for the ability to make it. It is a much better option than the MWC.

  • --JEFFE-- Cedar City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    All of this bickering is pointless. Both BYU and Utah fans present good arguments as to why there team is in better shape than the other. But lets look at the facts.

    If Utah had the option of going Independent, you bet your bottom dollar they would. However, they lack any substance of a National Fanbase, and have no program tradition or history pre-2005. Thus: No ESPN deal.

    Going independent and going to the PAC are equally risky.
    But I will tell you why being Independent is a ultimately a better position to be in.


    BYU will have the freedom to do its own thing. Freedom to schedule games all over the country with teams in every conference, which means quality opponents and more exposure. Freedom to recruit players in the South, South-East, and East Coast (See exposure). Freedom to make and keep all revenue $$$, the freedom to grow and reach a whole new potential! Essentially, the Freedom to control there own destiny.

    The goal was to increase exposure. Not to win a Championship or BCS game right off. Exposure will allow the program to grow into bigger and better things!

  • Teddy Bear Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 26, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    I'd be interested in seeing a list of players that were heavily recruited by Utah/BYU and opted instead to attend BSU in the past 3-4 years. If the list isn't very long, then one can argue that recruits aren't opting BSU over the Utah schools at all; that is is a different recruiting base all together and doesn't have an impact on Utah or BYU. I think BSU gets a lot of Texas and Cali recruits.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    RE: DH48

    I'm wondering the same thing for BSU. Though the Mtn has expanded into some new territory it won't be the same. Here's hoping that the Bronco momentum will be enough to lead them away from the MWC soon enough or a complete disaassembly of the whole broadcast nightmare into something better.

    Had Utah and BYU stayed in the conference and some of the bottomfeeders gone to D-2 the MWC might have been something and eventually gotten AQ status.

    Well things will work out for BSU and BYU. Not sure what the Utes are getting going to the PAC-12. Looks to me a 6-6 season at best. It's certainly not with any momentum they thought they would have!

    BYU by far is the big winner with ESPN and BYU-TV rebroadcast rights. Crank up that new HD studio baby!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    @ou812 and utefan123

    LOL Wishful thinking on your parts doesn't make a truth. Keep wishing and suffering as your wishes aren't granted. LOL

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Dec. 26, 2010 3:20 p.m.

    Hey @ UteFan123, when does BYU play on Tues/Wed nights? I checked BYU's 2011 schedule, you know, the first one where they play as independents. I only see Saturday games, plus two Friday games that BYU insisted on. Also, I don't see any WAC teams on BYU's schedule in 2013 on. Pay attention, this isn't August 31 anymore. A lot of things have developed since then.

    Also, since you haven't been paying attention, I'm sure you missed the fact that BYU is one of only a handful of athletic programs in the nation that are financially running in the black. All of the extra money BYU will be bringing in will certainly be nice, but they were doing just fine financially even in the crummy MWC.

    Also well documented, BYU and Utah only meet head-to-head on a handful of recruits each year. Sorry you are so clueless...

    I wish you well as a fan of your program, but as an anti-fan, you have some work to do.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 26, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    Most Y fans hate the mtn and MWC and Hair Thompson more than utah. BYUs broadcasting facility is way better than the mwc's and ESPN will borrow BYUs to help with the games. Texas visits to learn how to do it, glad I'm a Cougar right now.

  • UteFan123 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    Alternate there were far less BYU fans then UTEP fans and BYU only sold 2500 of their allotted tickets to the bowl. Nice try though.

    BYU will struggle in the next few years against the revenue Utah will receive not only from the PAC-12 revenue deal but also the BCS bowl money.

    Utahs recruiting has already picked up thanks to their Pac invite. Scouts has Utah receiving commitments from 3 of the top 5 in Utah and ranks their class 40th (BYU 54th) if Utah lands Langi that is 4 of the top 5.

    Utah will continue to out recruit BYU and because they are a BCS program will be able to add depth. Face it BYU fans your admin panicked knowing they were not going anywhere in the MWC and with Utah going to the PAC-12 they had another knee jerk reaction. Have fun rubbing your nickles together and playing on Tuesday and Wed nights against your sub .500 teams.

  • OU812 Layton, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    BYU fans thinks everything will be fine with this independent contract. How's ND doing? They were on top of the college football world when they got this contract with NBC. Now they struggle to beat Navy, whom they hadn't lost to in 50 years. I see the same happening to BYU. There is good publicity and bad publicity. BSU beat some pretty impressive teams on national TV. I don't think BYU has it to beat the Texas' and so forth on national TV, but as Lavell used to always say, "we'll sure try."
    BYUs big games were on ESPN back in the day. Remember, Detmer made ESPN his personal playing ground, but it still didn't amount to an elite, NC contender team. UTAH can go 11-1 or 10-2 and if the chips fall right, play for the NC. BYU, much like BSU, has to run the table to even get mentioned. If they lose to Texas, they are not worthy, if they beat Texas and lose in the WAC, like BSU, out of the picture. EDGE Utah.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 12:00 p.m.

    Boise State has been a great program for a decade now. It started with coaching, and that has continued even when Hawkins left and Peterson has kept it going.
    Every year is different, but this year, BSU returned nearly the entire starting line-up, so of course they are going to be good after getting into the BCS the prior year. I believe they should have made a BCS game again this year.
    So national coverage is only 1/3 of the story, coaching and recruiting are the other, and since national coverage helps recruiting, it accounts for probably 1/2.

    Utah and BYU both need to get OCs and BYU´s head coach really should keep the DC position too, because he is not going to be a great head coach if he pulls in a DC that doesn´t buy in completely to the same defensive philosophy. Utah and Coach Whit are lucky in this regard as Sitake, although somewhat still an aprentice, is fully committed to the same D Philosophy as Coach Whit, which showed as the Utes held BSU to their fewest points all season long.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:57 a.m.

    "I am sure millions will be flocking to watch BYU USU, BYU New Mexico St"

    Those are the very types of game Boise State used to move from Div I-AA unknown, to national prominence.

    The big difference for BYU is the Cougars already have a national reputation and national fan base, but in addition to those WAC teams, BYU will also be playing teams like Texas, Ol' Miss, Utah, and Oregon State in their first year as an independent, and teams like Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, and Boise State in years to follow.

    All BYU needs to do is win. The exposure and ESPN hype machine will take care of itself.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    The naysayers mocking BYU's home games next season are "conveniently" overlooking the fact that ESPN also has tie-ins with other conferences, so don't be too surprised to see BYU's games at Ol' Miss and Texas also broadcast on ESPN.

    Along with Utah and CFU, BYU could have four ESPN games in the month of September. A fast start could quickly propel BYU into the national limelight, something the naysayers are dreading, which is why they continue to pretend that the only teams on BYU's schedule next year are the remnants of the WAC.

    On the flip side, Boise State is heading for the MTN, which means the Boise State brand will disappear into the abyss.

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    The Mountain has been a total disaster for both programs. Both would have flourished under an ESPN contract but lived in animosity on the Mtn. As a Bronco fan I worry what will happen now. Joining the Mtn West was a major mistake.

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    Lifelong Republican makes a good point. BYU wanted more TV exposure and after Utah and TCU leave, exposure gets worse. BYU had to leave for its own survival. The sad fact is that the MWC is still saddled with the pukey TV contract until 2012 or 2013 as I recall. A little more money and playing on Saturday isn't all it is cracked up to be. Face it: ESPN is hard to beat even if the money isn't as good. As a Boise fan, I think we ought to consider going the BYU/indie route. It can't be worse than WAC 2.0.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    A few comments on Ute123's rant. The 2011 schedule looks a lot like the Utha 2010. Play some easy games and some hard games. I guess if you are a devout Utah fan, it's ok for Utah to play a mixed schedule but not ok for BYU. It appears now that if Utah and BYU had switched 2010 schedules, Utah would likely have lost more than 3 games and BYU would likey have won more than 7. BTW Utah has a very easy PAC schedule for next year. Each team skips two teams, Utah misses Oregon and Stanford. The best of the PAC this year with young teams. They also dropped Boise State for Montana State.
    So maybe you need to critical of your own team also.

    On to the bowl game, you obviously didn't go to or watch the game. UTEP's home is in TX not NM. The game drew over 20,000 and more than half of those wore blue. Not bad for a New Mexico bowl in an city that is expensive to fly to and a long drive in what was a very bad weather week.

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    Boise is expanding Bronco Stadium to 53000 ultimately and I for one think we will have a hard time getting that many people at $50 to $75 per seat (the current rate) to watch us play MWC teams. The exception will be when we play BYU and that only because of the large LDS population in Boise area. Aside from that, we won't get 35,000 for even the best MWC teams. We don't put 33500 in the stadium as it currently exists. The exceptions would be Oregon and other Pac 10 teams. For this old country boy, I can't see any real increase in the number of fans who turn out until and unless we get some serious competition coming to town and that won't happen in the MWC.

  • Warrik Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:22 a.m.

    Hmmm I wonder which is better playing San Jose State, or playing Montana State (yes that's right, Montana STATE, not the perennial FCS powerhouse Montana).
    I think that both BYU and Utah will benefit from their moves with greater publicity. Even if the Utes struggle their first few years, they will still be known as a Pac-12 school and that will help their recruiting. Everyone wants to lump them in with Washington State as a loser school, but just remember as bad as Washington State is we all know who they are.

  • Cougs4Life Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    This article is about Boise, not BYU or Utah.

    The sad point that has been missed is that now BSU is exiled to the same mtn. network while still playing in the WAC 2.0 (the new MWC without BYU, Utah and TCU. The point of the article could be that it is the beginning of the end for the Broncos.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    Look at BSUs roster - Lots of kids from Texas and the rest of the Bible Belt. Without ESPN great football and the blue field, they don't get those recruits. In contrast, only FSW broadcasts PAC games, not generally available in the Bible Belt. So Utah gets exposure on the west coast, where 11 other teams are trying to recruit, while BSU and BYU get exposure nationwide, including in Football Nirvana - the South.
    Utah has taken a step backward.

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:04 a.m.

    Boise State fans have serious misgivings about The MWC. Namely, it isn't much different than the WAC. We have even heard referred to as WAC 2.0 or Son of WAC. Add to it the really AWFUL TV contract and many of think the move was the wrong one. We should have stayed put and let the MWC recede into the sunset. There really isn't much benefit for us. Can anyone tell us what it is if we are wrong? Not so far.

  • Chrissy Bee Atlanta, GA
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    UteFan123 says what he hopes will happen, not what he thinks will happen. How sad when someones happiness is predicated upon the failure of others. How sad that UteFan123 will remain sad for many years to come.

    Go Cougars!

  • boiseblue Eagle, ID
    Dec. 26, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    Could it be that these yong men WANT to come to Boise because Coach Pete is a class act coach, because Boise IS a great place to live AND because we HAVE used the great marketing tool of the blue turf? Could it be that EVERYONE KNOWS about the blue turf, the quality of life here in Boise and and the fact we don't act like the Utes ....arrognat and conceited? need to change your image somehow. You are not very well respected. THAT is YOUR problem!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 8:15 a.m.

    Seems ESPN has grown up a bit. They have scheduled BYU into...only two Friday night games and both at the insistance of BYU. The games are prime evening games too. Not the nightmare schedule the naysayers predicted.

    I am okay with games during the week but I would rather leave Fridays for the high schools as has been the traditional case. But shorting other teams practice time to meet your schedule is also a tactic that Boise used to it's benefit.

    Either way, Utah will get on TV when the regional PAC 12 channel wants to showcase their opponent not when they want to be on.

    ESPN will work to make BYU a favorite.

    Great to follow the Cougars.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 8:13 a.m.

    Utah has no one to blame but themselves.

    If they would have stayed in the MWC, TCU and BYU would have stayed. Add in a good BSU team and get out of the MTN deal and you have a pretty good set up.

    Instead they make a hasty move for some quick cash and are now going to be stuck in the middle of the Pac. Recruiting isn't going to improve as their teams rise to the middle of the Pac. Attendance isn't going to improve except when one or two of the premiere teams show up. Maybe USC or UCLA but is anybody going to get excited when ASU comes to town?

    BYU and Utah are two teams headed in opposite directions.

  • UteFan123 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 8:05 a.m.

    I am sure millions will be flocking to watch BYU USU, BYU New Mexico St and so on. We just witnessed Samuelson and Holmoe;s independent blue print.

    Play below .500 or sub .500 teams from Conference USA and the WAC. In half filled stadiums, while bringing marginal fan support (Sold only 2,500 tickets to New Mexico bowl) to the visiting opponents stadium.

    Shows a great recipe for success.Have fun being independent and irrelevant BYU fans could not of happened to a better program

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 7:31 a.m.

    The key ingredient to Boise State's fast rise...winning and winning big football games. The exposure wouldn't have meant a thing if they hadn't won ballgames.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Dec. 26, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    Well Live Hard...we know that you will be one of the many watching BYU on ESPN regardless of time slot...or your dubious but vain motive of being a detractor. Rock has made the point that exposure is everything. Chris Peterson is the reason for that exposure at BSU. Over the years having coaches like Lavell Edwards, Doug Scovil, Robbie Boscoe, Bronco Mendenhall and even Kyle well as his father are the reason that BYU, the Old WAC, and the Mountain West started receiving the exposure in the late 70's and continues to do so today... despite the BCS mentallity that we live with. These are coaches with vision. Utah's entrance into that exposure market really started when Urban Meyer left here at Bowling Green State Univertsity and took Utah to it's first undefeated season and a BCS bowl game...and continues now under Kyle Whitingham.

    Before Bronco Mendenhall and his administrative hired O.C. Robert Anae... plays like the statue of liberty the hook and ladder the fake punt were only part of BYU's play book. The double pass, the fumblerooskie and others were also. Detmer would bring them all back.

  • BGuy Falls Church, VA
    Dec. 26, 2010 7:00 a.m.

    This article is right on the money. With Utah's solid BCS wins, the only way to account for BSU getting some better recruits there is exposure on ESPN. You have to play on ESPN now in college football in order to compete.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 6:55 a.m.

    @ Live hard

    Here is the beauty of the whole shakeup. BYU is one of only two D-1 Football schools which have Independent TV contracts with a Major Network.

    Notre Dame and BYU.

    BYU has an 8 year deal, whereby ESPN has all home game rights to BYU's basketball and football, with same day re-broadcasts on International BYU-TV.

    ESPN must carry at least 3 home games but have rights to all. Most are predicting at least 6-7 of BYU's games will be televised by ESPN next year.

    While all others will be on their own National Network, basic tier.

    BYU has planned this for 10 years and been building it for 5. Everything is in place.

    When U of Texas follows BYU's lead, then something is working right.

    It is just frustrating to the Ute Kingdon to realize that even after Utah was invited to the Socialistic Model of a Conference, that BYU has still landed in a much better place.

    BYU will not only better Utah in revenues, but more importantly, they will have greater Access and Exposure.

    Utah, meanwhile is about to join Washington State in the land of Obscurity.


  • Footballjoe South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 6:12 a.m.

    ESPN has helped generate BSU's national following. There some other factors that have also helped.

    BSU plays an exciting brand of football....they're fun to watch. Every game has some surprises.

    BSU is easy to separate from other teams because they play on a blue field. People fly from all over the US to experience a game on the blue field. Some take cheap shots about the blue field, but from a marketing/advertising point of view, it's worth millions, ask any marketing person.

  • Footballjoe South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    Good article however it isn't just ESPN. It's the style of ball they play. It's just plain fun to watch BSU play. It's the coaching staff that has created a unique family culture. It's being in Boise where BSU is "it." In Salt Lake, Utah and BYU can come after the Jazz and other venues many times.

    It's also the blue field, which turns out to be the best advertising in the country. It's easy to bad mouth the color, but if you turn on the TV and see a blue field you know "Boise State." Players come to play on the blue and people come from all over the US to walk on the blue and have their pictures taken there.

    In summary it is ESPN, but it's also other things as well.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    Kellen Moore and Petis were players Whit passed by.

  • moodyblue77 Provo, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    More exposure is good for anybody. Competition is what the Utes thrive on. Their biggest question will be whether kids offered by USC and UCLA would rather come to Salt Lake. That's an unknown at this point.

    The Utes apparently need a quarterback who won't be seriously injured by the fourth game. Looking at the schedule, the current starter should not be expected to last into the m onth of October.

    BYU risks the same outcome, but with a better quarterback.

    Neither program can expect to overcome injuries to win big games, because the rosters aren't deep enough. That will change for both teams over time.

    Good luck to both teams and to their coaches. Much success against the big boys!

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    Live Hard, read bad.

    Perhaps you should reread the article. Boise State's willingness to play the Thursday and Friday games and the attendant exposure is what enabled it to rise from D-II to one of the best programs in the country in a very short period of time.

    Now BYU will have that kind of exposure, but rather than starting from the ground up, they can build upon a base of being a perennial Top 25 program -- averaging five top 25 finishes per decade over the last 30 years, including four top 10's.

    The only person who can see that exposure as a bad thing is a blinded hater. (Who, ironically, will probably watch those games and will certainly comment on them. Pathetic, really.)

  • Bigmommas-house Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    BYU better be ready for whats about to happen to them in the next couple of years. The first year is going to be critical for them. With the exposure through ESPN they better not have a repeat of the debacle we had this year.

    Go Cougars!!!

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 25, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    And now every BYU game will be on ESPN.