BYU, San Diego State set to renew men's basketball rivalry

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  • Aztec Nation Westfield, NJ
    May 9, 2018 1:57 p.m.

    Not sure we're "looking to renew the men's basketball rivalry" so much as after seven years Tom Holmoe's incessant begging finally yielded a "yes" from San Diego State.

    The WCC has made BYU soft, but we are sharp. I hardly see it as a fair match.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 2, 2018 11:54 a.m.

    Two thumbs up!

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2018 11:36 a.m.

    The Aztecs are a fun rivalry in basketball and will help the SOS for BYU. Nice move and hope to see bball games with UNLV on the schedule soon as well.

    As for those commenting about BYU needing to join the MWC I say:
    "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"

    We already get regularly scheduled games with Boise St, Utah St, etc and recently have played New Mexico in bball, UNLV, SJSU, Fresno St in football, etc. There's no need to join a deflated conference and lose national TV exposure and athletic dept revenues just to add a few more of their teams to our schedule.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2018 11:30 a.m.

    @jacobiuntherus
    Good BYU! Now see what you can do to join the MWC and get into a place where you can compete for conference championships (including football). This independence thing and membership in the WCC certainly hasn't turned out to amount to much that is satisfying to we the fans.

    ------------

    There's simply not a lot of data to support that position regarding Independence and certainly no evidence that joining a declining g5 conference would improve anything for BYU.

    Since leaving the MWC BYU has doubled athletic dept revenues (far outpacing MWC schools), has avg 8 wins a year in football (same as when they were in the MWC), have significantly increased TV exposure (again blows away the MWC here), and has seen a resurgence of their Olympic sports programs (both men's and women's v-ball have played for national championships, mens/women's bball, women's golf, baseball and softball have all played in the NCAA tourney, Final Four appearances by women's soccer, T&F and XC running nationally ranked, etc) and currently sit ranked #19 in the Learfield Directors Cup standings and men's and women's bball have put players in the NBA/WNBA.

  • Lester L. Wester Henderson, NV
    May 2, 2018 9:04 a.m.

    Blue Husky: "When I lived in Mission Viejo, I loved to go to BYU vs UCSD games. Always tough and fun. Especially in Football. And it was fun to listen to USCD Radio where they invariably complained about BYU's big, grown up, players."

    Nice story, but what does that have to do with BYU-P playing San Diego State?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 2, 2018 7:53 a.m.

    SDSU is solid; nice job of scheduling. IMO
    Gonzaga got rocked at SDSU last year; they can play.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 2, 2018 7:44 a.m.

    "BYU will never join the MWC for football. There are too many weak teams now"

    Pluto:

    Yep, no invitation for BYU-P. The only thing worse than a weak team is a weak diva.

  • Escondido Kid Escondido, CA
    May 2, 2018 7:29 a.m.

    “Blue Husky”:
    To clarify, BYU has never played UCSD in basketball. They have played SDSU while members of the MWC and USD as mem bers of the the WCC.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    May 2, 2018 7:07 a.m.

    Not so fast Jacob blah blah...

    If the MWC were smart, they would have already invited BYU for all the Olympic sports with a scheduling agreement for football.

    BYU will never join the MWC for football. There are too many weak teams now and they would take a 50% annual athletic department revenue decrease, right off the top.

    And dealing with the Commissioner Thompson, is a non starter.

    If BYU ever joins a G-5 league, the AAC would be the better option.

  • HoboA1 Saratoga Springs, UT
    May 1, 2018 9:40 p.m.

    BYU is such a winner. They can do no wrong.

  • Howard S. West Jordan, UT
    May 1, 2018 8:51 p.m.

    San Diego State is so fortunate to have BYU on their schedule.

    Not only does it elevate the strength of their schedule, it will no doubt be a boost to their recruiting profile, and the financial boost will be significant when Cougar fans come from all over Southern California to respectfully support the Cougars when they visit Viejas Arena.

    And that is even not mentioning the great influence that their players will enjoy by playing on the same court with players of such great character as those at BYU.

    I'm so glad that BYU and Tom Holmoe are willing to do this for SDSU. It just makes you feel good.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    May 1, 2018 7:20 p.m.

    SDSU is my favorite team to play in basketball. It's way more fun than any other local team. Love their fan base, city, and rivalry history. I really, really like that school. I'm glad BYU is playing them yet again.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 1, 2018 6:53 p.m.

    byu-p’s going to get absolutely worked next season, including in epic fashion by us, where they’ll be down to us in the 20+ pt range for most of the game, identical to their last 2 visits up there to play against us in SLC, except this time we disallow them garbage time pts in skewing the final margin & misleading some to erroneously believe it was in fact a competitive game, which neither were, @ all, period.

    Go Utes!

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    May 1, 2018 4:36 p.m.

    "Alright, alright, alright!"

    (that should be read in your best Matthew McConaughey voice)

  • Jacobiuntherus Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2018 4:34 p.m.

    Good BYU! Now see what you can do to join the MWC and get into a place where you can compete for conference championships (including football). This independence thing and membership in the WCC certainly hasn't turned out to amount to much that is satisfying to we the fans.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    May 1, 2018 4:15 p.m.

    When I lived in Mission Viejo, I loved to go to BYU vs UCSD games. Always tough and fun. Especially in Football. And it was fun to listen to USCD Radio where they invariably complained about BYU's big, grown up, players.

    LOL

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2018 3:25 p.m.

    First Wyoming in football, now San Diego State in basketball.

    "You will be assimilated.
    Your sports will adapt to service us.
    Resistance is futile."
    -- Borg Thompson
    The Mountain West Collective

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 1, 2018 2:30 p.m.

    Kawhi Leonard sure has gone on to have a great NBA career.