Red roundup: Utes in right place, at the right time

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  • utesovertide Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2011 11:57 p.m.


    Boise St. does not have the academic standing to even be considered for the Pac 12 at this point. That is why they were not considered. Maybe in 10 years when they've added a few more degrees, graduate, and doctoral programs they'll have a chance at it when the Pac expands again.

    And I'm sorry but you're wrong. Utah not only earned their way on the field, court, or slopes, but also in the classroom, laboratory, and hospital. With most Pac 12 members being part of the AAU, academic standing and accomplishment is a huge deal for entry.

  • BoringGuy Holladay, UT
    April 20, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    The Utes are now a PAC-12 team. Utah got the invite and BYU did not. How or why Utah got there doesn't matter.

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2011 10:17 p.m.


    Right place, right time was all that was needed for the utes to get an invite to the pac 12. Their on field performance had nothing to do with it. UConn and South Florida getting invites to the Big East and Boise St not getting invited to the Pac 12 in lieu of either utah or colorado are excellent examples that on field performance has little or no effect in getting a BCS conference invite. Kudos to utah for being in the right place at the right time but don't suggest that they earned their way. It's simply not true.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 19, 2011 2:56 p.m.


    I agree with you on the scheduling thing. I would much rather have had 8 Pac-12 games to provide more OOC games, but it was apparently something that the school felt very strongly about.

  • Thlete Draper, UT
    April 19, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    @WhatsInItForMe, one thing that pocyUte didn't mention about the incremental share of TV revenue is that it was Utah's offer to do it that way (not forced on them), since they didn't want to come off as money grabbers without earning it and also because we weren't supposed to join until 2012 originally, when the current TV contract expires. That's why they still get "new money" like the PAC-12 championship game, since that is value added by Utah's presence in the conference.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    April 19, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    It's always good to be in the right place at the right time.

    However, I do wish to PAC-12 would have gone with an 8-game conference schedule (5 division teams, 3 cross over games which alternate each year).

    That would allow the Utes to have both BYU and Utah State on the schedule every year, allow them one non-conference quality BCS opponent (for example, Texas A&M, Pitt, North Carolina), and allow them to able to bring in one "patsy" each year (yes, I do believe those cupcakes are necessary early in the season---if you do not think that formula is "sucessful" in the BCS definition, you don't watch the SEC closely enough).

    Also, I hope that for the vast majority of games---the PAC12 plays in FB games on Saturday.

    Gonna be a great year!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 19, 2011 7:38 a.m.


    You bet. I appreciate your kind words towards the Utes. I too hope the BYU/Utah game gets pushed later in the year. I've heard rumblings that they might be able to, but right now I believe the Pac-12 has restrictions on playing non-conference games after October (there are exceptions-most notably USC and ND), but with Scott at the helm, I would expect the Pac-12 to be a lot more flexible in scheduling.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    April 18, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    Thanks, pocyUte, for the update. Appreciate that. I generally follow Ute sports on TV, but not in print.

    Glad to hear it's not as bad as I'd heard. The state has finally gotten itself out of that mid-major label!

    Utah fans can look forward to upgraded recruiting, which recruits will know they'll be on a relevant team.

    Even though the BYU-Utah game (for the next few years, at least) won't be a meaningful season-ender, it looks like it'll still be very competitive and have meaning to each team outside of conference standings. Hopefully the schools can one day figure out a way to get that game nearer to the end of the year.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 18, 2011 8:59 p.m.


    You know, It's been explained ad nauseam on this board and a little effort on your part will get you the full funding story, but I'll spell it out for you here.

    1. When the Pac-12 negotiated the tv rights for the Pac-12 championship game, and the extra games from adding Utah and Colorado, Utah got their share of that money, which is already more than they would get from their awesome mtn. contract.

    2. The current Pac-12 tv agreement ends after this season. Starting in 2012-2013 Utah gets 50 percent of their share, and 75% in 2013-14. Starting in the 2014-15 season Utah gets their full share of the tv deal.

    3. The only schools who could possibly get more are USC ad UCLA. They have a clause that will guarantee them 17 million for the first 2 years of the new tv contract. By the accounts that I have seen it will be a moot point.

    4. There is no probation at all with the Pac-12 invite.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    April 18, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    So, what's the monetary deal that Utah gets in the Pac-12 for football? No money the first year, and several years before getting a "full-ride"? That kind of probation should make Ute fans wonder. Such as, could failure to be above the bottom each year cause the invite to get reversed? If that isn't an option, then why the probation?

    And, is the Pac-12 money even spread equitably (evenly) among all its members? I've seen comments and articles indicating some schools get bigger shares.

    I hope Utah is successful in the Pac-12, but I have my doubts. In time maybe, but not right away. By successful, I mean in the top 1/3 in both football and basketball, year-in and year-out.

    Even though I'm a BYU fan, I stil root for the Utes any time they play anyone but BYU. Good luck, Utes!

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    April 18, 2011 6:36 p.m.


    The Utes were in the right place at the right time. But more important, without all of the succes, two BCS bowl victories, etc., it wouldn't have happened. The Utes earned the opportunity to get considered and earned their way into the PAC.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    April 18, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    Man it was something to see the Pac-12 Logos on Rice Eccles Field Saturday! Plus the schedule with only 2 non-BCS teams on it. Each time one of these little things comes around it starts to sink in even more!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    April 18, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Right place at the right time?

    hmmm, possibly. But if the Utah football program was performing at the same level as it did 15 years ago.... it wouldn't have happen. Who knows, maybe the PAC10 would have selected BYU.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    April 18, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    Thanks DNews, no bleacherreport articles this time. Please do not link any bleacherreport articles any more, they are trash.