Pac-12 football notebook: Money, TV issues kept conference from expanding

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  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Sept. 22, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    I have to laugh at last weekend's 54-10 losers who would claim Utah is lucky the Texas and Oklahoma schools aren't going to be a part of the proposed Pac-16 because the conference would be too difficult for us, yet get excited about their potential to receive an invitation.

    I also have to laugh at the jealous cougar fans who would describe Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as "second rate additions". They're currently ranked #1 and #7 respectively. If the Big 12 DOES invite the unranked -- and not even receiving votes -- 1-2 Indy-WACers, it'll be the Big 12 who will have been compelled to admit a "second rate" addition.

    And I DO mean "compelled". They've already said 9 teams won't do, and they've had 15 months to invite the cougars....but they still haven't! You're like unathletic weakling nobody wanted who was picked last in gym class, but only because they HAD to.

    Except for the part wherein you haven't been picked yet. Haha!

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 22, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    Best thing that could happen for Utah is the Pac-12 staying pat at 12. Even 14 would take the Utes away from playing enough coastal teams each year.

    If BYU gets the expected Big XII invite, the state of Utah will suddenly be sharing two BCS conferences, where just a year ago it was nothing but a mid-major state.

    AND, the BYU-Utah rivalry will again have some useful meaning outside of "hatred": which BCS conference can carry the state in a given year.

    Once again, something to actually play for.

  • MidMajor4ever Syracuse, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    Real Bass, what does that say about your third rate program that wasn't considered? Having trouble getting over the jealousy?

    Texas wouldn't make the move without their tv revenue being excluded from league revenue sharing, otherwise they would be part of the PAC-16 and your school wouldn't be having discussions with the Big-12 about a potential expansion.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Bull... What kept them from expanding was that they couldn't get Texas again and didn't want to make the mistake of settling for more second rate additions like they did last year.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    Great news.

    I doubt if there is a Utah fan that wouldn't prefer the PAC-12 over the discussed PAC-16. In most fan's mind our position in the Southern Division with games agains UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, and Colorado every year (with a game every year in LA) is ideal.

    A side benefit is if the Big-12 (with 9 teams) does try to remain in tact; undoubtably that will include expansion of 1 or 3 teams. Hopefully, BYU can be one of those admitted. (Or would the Y perfer to remain independent?)

    Good Luck cougars.

    And isn't 12 such a wonderful number; however, all bets are off as to how long before the 4 conferences of 16 teams becomes reality.