Dick Harmon: BYU AD Tom Holmoe needs to use NCAA committee opportunity to make new friends

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  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    June 9, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    Anytime you criticize the Leaders of BYU and their Athletic Department they put your comments on hold and eventually deny them... I mentioned that BYU would be in the Big 12 right now if not for short sightedness and Lawyers who behave like Goalies in Hockey... That was enough to kill the Post...

    I honestly do not know how the FCC let's BYU and the Church get away with that stuff... In my book, it is absolutely contrary to how we ought to be conducting themselves

    It's good that Holmoe is on the Selection Committee for Basketball... It's bad that he and Samuelson had not done a better job in negotiating B12 membership.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 7, 2014 8:30 p.m.

    I would also like to know when this phantom idea that BYU said no on TV or anything besides Sunday play. As Kaladin said it's some folklore ute fans and media execs who didn't like BYU during the MTN/cbs fiascos have created. NO WHERE did the Big 12 say BYU burned any bridges with them. There were discussions, but no one knows how serious, and BYU requested the Big 12 not speak to the media about those discussions. I remember Holmoe and BYU speaking appreciatively of the Big 12 honoring that request. I NEVER heard a single Big 12 official make any derogatory statements about BYU or bridges being burned. If you have some credible source, please enlighten us.

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    June 7, 2014 12:04 a.m.

    Pretty sure he will have to resign. Afterall, the NCAA selection show is on a Sunday. Committee members have to oversee the events, which half of the tourney games are on Sunday.

  • Kaladin Northern, CO
    June 6, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    @Robin - I'm still waiting for someone to show me a quote from somebody involved with BYU or the Big12 that says BYU was ever offered a place in the BIG12 but rejected it for tv purposes. A clue - it never happened. I don't know who made this up, but U fans believe it to be the truth. It never happened.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 5, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    Here's what I don't get. A few years ago BYU had friends in high places (like the Big 12). All the gladhanding was already done. Then the Big 12 asked BYU to sell their HD truck and Holmoe said "thanks but no thanks." And with that, the friendships ended.

    So why is Harmon writing about BYU needing to make friends when they already burned all the bridges with these same friends?

    The P5 ship has already sailed, and BYU isn't on it because of their own doing.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    June 5, 2014 1:38 p.m.

    @let's roll

    Many times we have seen Big East getting some 15 teams (well) in the ncaa tournament and some 1 or 2 teams advanced in the 1st round was a joke. Those committies are doing what they are suppose to do but why allow 6 or more teams in the same conferance get in makes no sense.

    Seeing Tom being one of new member of committies is peaking the perfect timeing when BYU basketball team going to see more and more better players between 2014 to 2020. Welcome aboard Tom.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    June 5, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Congratulations to Tom. This is a significant appointment.

    I would expect Tom to be an advocate for the U to get in the tournament field if the circumstance ever arises that the committee is deciding whether to put the Utes in as the 7th team from the PAC-12.

    I can't think of anything the Utes or their fans have ever done that would cause him to be anything but a strong and willing advocate for the U.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 5, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    I agree with the networking comments. People like Edwards and Tuckett were so revered in the NCAA world that they increased BYU's chances of being included. Shoot, Tuckett even went and ran the athletic department at Alabama for a time. Holmoe can and must bring that same attitude back to BYU.

  • xam Provo, UT
    June 5, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    I'm a Utah fan but want to see BYU get in the BIG12. I state that up-front because some Y fans like alphablue might not like the rest of this post…. but know it’s true.

    Picking up grid iron wins on a schedule full of un-ranked teams, and in some seasons playing against cupcakes 50% of the time, is not the recipe for getting noticed in the current football landscape which is becoming more SOS focused. Sure it might guarantee a bowl game, but is that the objective, or is long viability the objective? On-field competitiveness with quality ranked programs is the key. Y fans can respond with all the stats about BYU's string of ranked seasons, but who did they really beat in those years? When was the last time BYU beat 2 teams in the same season that finished the year ranked? Have they ever done it?

    Holmoe must improve the SOS and make every possible concession (excluding Sunday) to get BYU in the BIG12. If Notre Dame decides to dive in the ACC 100 percent, inclusion in the BIG12 will be BYU's best bet for long term college football survival.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    June 5, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    Allhablue " We believe in our hearts that your only desire is see the destruction of the BYU athletic program on a national scale as WE desire it."

    As a Utah fan I certainly am not interested in the destruction of the BYU, or any other, athletic program. Not sure why you or the "we" you speak of desire it though.

    Go back and look at the seeds those great teams of Majerus had. They were never that great either. You accept the seed, don't whine and go play the game and don't try to blame shortcomings on someone else.

  • alphablue Provo, UT
    June 5, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    It is sad there are many people that have been allowed to leave negative comments on this article.

    Tom deserves our support and well being instead the mention of politics and backhanded aims of him, BYU and the LDS Church.

    What a great honor is has become for him to have this leadership opportunity at this particular time. It only goes to show that Tom has had an impact across the nation by his fellow ad's and others.

    I would also recognize that the AD of USU had some influence in his being nominated for this post.....and SO WHAT if his opportunity for service on this committee leads to other opportunities for BYU to achieve the success we want as a University and Church.

    We know who the nay-sayers are. We see the negativity you post anytime a success of BYU, it's coaches or administrators are mentioned.

    We believe in our hearts that your only desire is see the destruction of the BYU athletic program on a national scale as WE desire it.

    That is so unfortunate....Shame, on on you. I hope you have a better day than you want us to.

  • Mkithpen Sandy, UT
    June 5, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    I am so over BYU athletics and the excuses for poor performance overall. Now they need "friends" to make things happen. Why not be competitive and let results do the speaking?

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    June 5, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    "At least in the pros, despite all its faults, you don't gain access to championships by rubbing shoulders with bigwigs. You play it out instead."

    I cannot watch the thuggish, corrupted game that the NBA has developed--except an occasional "FINALS" game. You must have missed all the "blown" calls where the referees either protect or cover for the benefit of players selling the most jerseys.

    When I do watch a FINALS game, I always pull for the small market or underdog team. Yep. This year I'll 'root' for the San Antonio Spurs since they are "small market."

  • rj Moss, Norway
    June 5, 2014 3:47 a.m.

    This is another reason I'm liking professional sports more and more, and college sports less and less. When politicking, cronyism and public opinion supercede on-field performance in determining who wins what, it kind of undermines the entertainment value in it all. At least in the pros, despite all its faults, you don't gain access to championships by rubbing shoulders with bigwigs. You play it out instead.

    BYU is adapting to the climate and fighting battles in their own special way, but it's almost tragic that it has to be so. I fear they will NEVER have a shot at championships in football and basketball, not because they can't compete on the field, but because powerful people don't want them to. That stinks.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    June 4, 2014 11:42 p.m.

    You mean to tell us that politics are involved? Now, that's a shocker!

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    June 4, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    Chris B: BYU does not burn bridgess. BYU makes decisions that help bring its unique brand to the world and to help further the goals of its owner, the LDS Church. It is doing that very well. Too bad it does not accomplish what you and other people, who do not really know what the university stands for, think that it should. BYU does not really care what you think or what others think they should do. BYU will continue to do what it must do to get their influence as far as they can and make games available to as many people, including the many alumni around the world, as they can. I applaud them for their actions and support them 100%, whatever they decide to do.

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    June 4, 2014 9:47 p.m.

    As a bigger college basketball fan over college football, this job of being a NCAA tournament selection committee member would be an awesome privilege if it were me.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    June 4, 2014 8:30 p.m.

    I thought that the 'BYU' brand spoke for itself. The ability to be a national player superceded any need for conference friends. Didn't Mr. Harmon, himself, amke a comparison of BYU to Penn State and Notre Dame this week?

    I am so confused.

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2014 8:09 p.m.

    What Holmoe has been very candid about is how this entire upheavel has impacted BYU athletics. All of Cougar Nation are very concerned about the future and relevance of the BYU athletic program, and feel the footsteps heard at other LDS Church owned schools over the past decade and longer.

  • J Poll Gilford, NH
    June 4, 2014 8:04 p.m.

    Well said!