The answer is yes especially with the U gone to the PAC-12.
Why don't they form the bYu Conference and just play the blue team against the
white team each week????They could have volunteers from the stands
participate in the games as the quarter back or perhaps a tight end to make it
more interesting.Just throwing out some ideas for Tom to consider.
72ute Jealous! Could you imagine the Ute's going independent? I'm laughing
right now. BYU going Independent? Absolutely.
Keep trying Dick. Keep trying.
I didn't see a lot of clarification about the financial viability of BYU as an
independent. Technically BYU sounded more than capable, but is it likely that
many organizations or companies will spend a lot of money on BYU sports?As I recall some years ago, BYU had the Blue and White network. I'm reasonably
certain that its demise was due to lack of money - not BYU athletic proficiency
nor fan interest.There's the old saying that those who do not understand
history are bound to repeat it.How much historical understanding is
Why all of the sudden is BYU panicking about its conference situation? Several
months ago, everything was fine and dandy in the MWC, but as soon as Utah leaves
for the PAC-10, all of the sudden BYU can't get out of the MWC fast enough.
Articles like this were non-existent before Utah bolted. And when in the past
has BYU had a press conference to discuss "the status of the athletic
department?"This is all coming about because BYU administrators and
fans cannot stand that Utah got something that they desperately wanted. This is
a classic case of trying to keep up with the Jones's next door.And
that, my friends, is your Reality Check.
Cougsrock, why would a Ute fan be jealous when his team was invited to a better
conference (something BYU has been hoping would happen for 30 plus years, yet
never does)? BYU getting out of the mid-majors; I'm laughing right now. See
ya little brother.
I would love to see BYU go to the Big 12 but if they aren't going to get an
invitation anytime soon the Cougars need to move on towards independence. I'd
love to see them play other religious schools every year in football like Notre
Dame, TCU, SMU, and in basketball Baylor, Georgetown, St. Mary's etc. Plus keep
the in state rival games with Utah State and Utah. The Big 12 is making a
mistake if they are not going to choose BYU. We may need to move on.
@ Reality Check. You're right....to an extent. BYU and Utah was the MWC. It
would be the same thing if BYU had bolted and if Utah stayed. They were the
brothers joined at the hip. Both said they hated each other, but deep down w/o
each other neither of them would be where they are. With Utah gone, sure
there's envy, but it boils down to 2-3 teams holding up an entire conference.
Once one corner of a foundation leaves, the whole building begins to shift, and
Utah leaving was that shift. BYU is in a crumbling house that at the moment is
causing panic. You can call it "keep up with the Jones", but its more of a car
losing a wheel that's about to go out of control. Again, Utah would want out if
BYU left....due to instability, not jealousy.
Oh Cougars....your getting more and more pathetic by the second. Here is the
real truth....NOBODY....repeat...NOBODY...wanted you to be apart of their BCS
conference, that is not going to change with your ridiculous rules and backwards
way of thinking. So why on earth do you continue to think you are better than
you are......I truly wish you were quality enough to have come with the Utes to
the Pac-10.....your making fools out of yourselves......smartin' up!
I've always believed that BYU would be much better off going Independent. BYU is
unique!..with a fan base larger than the Pukes could ever dream of having, they
are set for a big move. The PAC-NON settling for the pukes was the slap in the
face they needed to wake up and take this program to where only BYU can do for
themselves!....If you have the ability to go Independent, why
Here's your "Reality Check."BYU has been working on this for "three
years." They have know since the formation of the BCS that they were going to
need to make changes. There is not a program in the country that can compete
with the BCS schools long term without somehow coming close to them on the
revenue end (except maybe a school like TCU with producing oil wells on campus).
Utah knew it that's why they took the PAC offer. BYU knows it, Boise
State knows it, and maybe most importantly law makers (Congress) knows it.
Changes will come to FBS football - its a fact. The form those changes take will
be interesting to watch but they will come. Schools across the country will need
to make adjustments and prepare for what the future brings. Some may move to the
FCS and others may drop football all together but if they want to compete at the
highest level they will need to be in the revenue stream. So,
"Reality Check" this is not an "all of a sudden" response to Utah's move it's a
calculated strategy that is on going and will continue to playout.
BYU going independent is step 1 to irrelevancy, and in a couple of decades,
One of the things that BYU may have created independently is a fan Rhorsach
test. For those not familiar with the Rhorsach, this is a pyschological test in
which everyone sees the same data, but the conclusions are actually dependent
upon the viewer. Max Hall inadvertently authored one. Everyone who
followed his outburst and apology saw the same content, but conclusions have
varied dramatically and widely. The varience is due to the concluder - not
the originator.We all have our own opinions about the institutions and
universities we value. Perhaps we could respect even some of those we don't.
Given the situation and past history I would prefer if my Aggies passed on
playing BYU hensforth. USU is improving their product and simply don't need the
BYU attitude any longer. BYU is not attractive when they insist on scheduling
based on their rules. There are many other great teams better suited for equal
scheduling of home and away games.
BYU is being proactive and very smart with all of this. They can take 1-2 years
to see if they get an invite to the Big 12 or if the Mtn West gets an AQ BCS
bid, or if they can leverage the Mtn channel to allow them to broadcast some of
their own games like Texas is getting in the Big 12. However, if these things
don't materialize BYU will be ready with bowl alliances, team commitments, ESPN
partnerships and commercial sponsorships for their BYU sports channel. BYU would easily double their reach on TV and it would be incredibly
easy to make multiples of their measly $1.5 million Mtn contract for TV revenue
when they are by far the #1 draw in the conference!Funny how all the
BYU haters come out of the woodwork and make lame and thoughtless arguments
against very prudent and intelligent actions by BYU! Be happy for your own team
and the Pac-12 without being an ignoramus that still has to bag on your old
rivals to feel better about yourself!
Excellent article, Dick. Like to read more, particularly a Part II on the
Financial ramifications.BYU can't stand still and won't. 1. If
the MWC gets an AC for the BCS, it stays. If it does not, BYU must advance
itself some way. If not, BYU will end up losing some good recruits to Utah (for
no other reason than the PAC12 BCS NC possibilities). 2. If it get invited
to the Big 10-12... they'll move.3. If no Big 12, no AC in the MWC, then,
it might be forced independent.Get busy livin' or get busy die'n,
Here is hoping for independence. BYU's history in its conferences has always
been a one or two game deal per season that has provided excitement. BYU's
rivalry with Utah has been intense in only the last 15 years, twenty years prior
it was Utah hoping for an upset, waiting for that long awaited championship that
BYU routinely acheived. Once I came late to a BYU UT game and it was already the
Y 49-0 BEFORE halftime, think it was '89. This year excitement will be in the
air for TCU and UT, next year TCU and BSU, besides those guys, who cares? It is
a deal worrying about losing and feeling not too thrilled over yet another win
against Colorado St or Wyo, or underachieving SDSU. The challenge with
independence though is scheduling. It has been a huge challenge just getting to
play one game against a team from the BCS. No one wants to come to Provo unless
they have a connection from their coach(FSU, UW). I'd love to see a diverse
schedule instead of winning another championship which are watered down due to
winning those routinely over the past 30 years.
Rock of: Jelousy is the only way of explaining Ute reaction to the option of
BYU going Independent. Thats something the Ute's couldn't do. BYU could
It's hard not to positively bask in BYU's insecurity and panic.I
think most of them know, deep down, that to play Utah, TCU, and BSU yearly from
now on makes an undefeated season/BCS berth more or less a pipe dream.Independence is not an option, Big 12 is not an option, Pac 10 is not an
option. 10 years from now you'll be slugging it out with BSU and TCU for a
Vegas bowl bid. That's a fact.
BYU and the LDS church have a larger mission than just football. Does good will
and the image of the church matter? If BYU goes independent, how will they be
viewed in the eyes of others? Answer: That money and power are what is really
important. What will the New Mexicos, UNLVs, Wyomings, San Diego States of the
world think? What will those who think that BYUtv is an educational television
station designed to let the world know about BYU and the LDS church? Answer:
That its real purpose is to put money in the athletic department, to keep
football recruits coming in.I thought colleges were designed for
students to get an education, with athletics adding to the experience. It seems
as though athletics are being elevated to showcase the college, and whatever has
to be done to that will be done. Is the tail wagging the dog?
10 years from now, the pukes will be reminiscing about the good old days in the
MTN west. How something that started so good, has gone so bad. 10 yrs from now,
they will be breaking in a new head coach! Their 4th since joining the PAC-NON.
10 yrs from now they will have been surpassed by Utah State as a more viable
football program in the state. 10 yrs from now all puke fans are strangely
silent as BYU plays for their 3rd National Championship.
BYU needs to get the same arrangement with the MTN that Texas has with the big
12. That would be the best option. 2nd if the MTN can't get a better
TV deal out of the outdoor channel then they should work a deal to use BYU's
channel for the whole conference. The BYU channel is superior and the MTN could
sell it's own ads. BYU could run many major/minor sports for the MTN conf. Deals
could be worked with ESPN. The type of ads may be an issue for KBYU. People would tune in because the conference standings would drive interest in
major and minor sports. The 3rd option would be to leave the MTN for
another conf. 4th would be to go independent. BYU is best off
withing a decent conference which they can win with regularity.
There is another reason for BYU using their own channel and building non member
traffic. It fits the mission of the Church. The more non members they can get to
find and tune into the channel for sports the more may watch other content at
other times.BYU will build their own network. This has been in the
works for years. My child worked for BYU broadcasting during the build up and it
has been going on for years. There is a world vision. These are no little
plans.BYU is finally getting it's head out of Utah and realizing it
is an international not a Utah school. It has international reach and audience.
BYU needs to be in a good soccer conference or play internationally.
That has international appeal. Their basketball recruiting would improve if they
had good TV coverage. Ditto for baseball and track. Texas has power
because they have the audience. They have the alumni base and it is
international. BYU has a similar base but lousy TV coverage. That has to change.
When it does the audience will grow exponentially. Haters will
increase the ratings more than the alumni base.
It is far better for BYU to be in the MTN with independent coverage than to be a
mediocre school in the PAC 12 which will provide sporadic regional coverage for
mainly football. Average teams in the PAC 12 are of no interest nationally
unless they are playing a top 10 team. Since BYU has it's own unique
and large fan base it is far better off to provide extensive coverage for all
sports than to get sporadic limited coverage in a major conference from existing
TV arrangements. The rearrangement of the conferences is not over.
The Big 12 is just a vulnerable to raiding as it was. The same is true for ND,
the Big East and the ACC. The Big 12 out of necessity may still try to raid the
AZ schools. BYU has the option of creating it own network and also
still eventually belonging to a conference. It needs to maximize it's potential
in the short run and keep options open in the long run. The current
MTN TV deal does not serve anyone very well.
I would love for BYU to go independent IF: 1. They can get a similar deal that
Notre Dame has with the BCS or other major bowls (Fiesta, Holiday, Cotton, Vegas
and Poinsettia) 2. They play AF, Ut St (on conference weekend)and Utah (on last
game of the year). 3. They schedule several PAC-10, BIG-12, MWC, one or two WAC
and one or two other teams from the East.No more Wyoming, or New
Mexico year in and year out. I would not mind playing San Diego St, and UNLV as
there are large fan basis in those locations.
Come on, we all know that the Holmoe is working on a super secret time machine-
it's been in the works for several years.Very simple plan of attack:
Transport back to 1985 and attempt to "sell" yourself to the PAC (once again).
Second times the charm!
Maybe it is time for the Brethren to step in and resolve this situation by
moving forward with a BYU-Idaho type transformation. A lot of people in the
Church use and appreciate BYUTV for Conference, Church News, Inspirational
Programming and would highly resent it if it suddenly became the Cougar Network.
What happens on conference weekend?
This article brings up some good points. There are a few major obstacles to
independence that werent addressed in the article, and only briefly touched upon
in the comments thus far. The major obstacle will be scheduling. As briefly
mentioned, it is hard enough now to fill the non-conference schedule, let alone
trying to schedule 12 games a year. BYU's program is such that good teams have
little to gain by playing them because the good teams have a good chance of
losing the game. Also, these teams only have a few non-conference openings each
year and like to use them as home games. The second practical issue is, how will
going independent help them gain access to a BCS game? Im sure they could enter
an agreement with a bowl, but think it highly unlikely that they would have any
shot of cracking the BCS as an independent.
Here are a few problems:This would not go very well with the fans.
BYU would not be playing in a conference, so they wouldn't be playing for a
conference championship. What would they exactly be playing for?Bowls: These are all ready associated for the most part with conferences.
Vegas isn't the best bowl, but at least it is a bowl.Scheduling: We
already see that for BYU and Utah to continue playing, they probably will have
to play in September. BYU may be able to continue to schedule some MWC like
Boise or TCU, but if they had to schedule all 3 of these teams in September
things may not always work out.It is already hard enough to get
teams to come to provo before conferences start playing games, to do so in
october and november would be very difficult. I could see byu playing a worse
schedule as an independent than as a member of MWC.
It's almost too funny to be believed. First, the Ute fans deride BYU for not
being aggressive enough to do something great (like position themselves to join
the PACXX) while the UofU is progressive in taking the opportunity to move on.
Then, when talk surfaces of BYU doing something very aggressive (go
independent), it's all "insecurity and panic' and a "pipe dream."I
think the "Reality Check" for the Ute fans will be watching a Ute team that is
mired in mediocrity for years to come as they struggle to become relevant in the
middle of the PAC.
I think everyone would or should agree that BYU will eventually do what they
believe to be in their best interest. I disagree with Dick's comment about
Texas. I don't thank anybody believes it would take Texas 10 years to get to
the current level of BYU's broadcasting ability. If Texas wanted it now, given
all of their money, boosters, etc., it would take a relatively short time. One
factor that Dick didn't mention though was what the coaches think, in particular
Coach Mendenhall. I am sure he is in favor of it because he believes that his
team is one of the premier (his words) teams in the country that would probably
be able to pick and choose whom to play. And this would fall in line with the
new tag line at BYU this year, the "Collective." I heard Mendenhall use this
new phrase a few times in interviews this past week. So there it is, another in
the line of Band of Brothers, Magic Coins, and Quest for Perfection, the
Collective. If becoming independent is a better option for the collective then
they should pursue it. After all Magic Happens.
Dick mentioned a number of sporting events were broadcast on BYU-TV in HD.
Where is BYU-TV in HD? I have DirecTV and it is not in HD at my house.
Utah is exploring ways to expand RES to accommodate the huge demand for Ute
tickets. I would know. I was one of those people trying to get season tickets.
Denied!BYU should consider removing seats from LES and making the
stadium smaller. The interest isn't there and it adds to costs to have extra
space that goes unused. The Cougars should make LES big enough for a about
I think it would be great if Byu could pull off going independent. Playing TCU
and Boise will be interesting but is that enough? Surely there has to be enough
money available until it gets up and running. Teams have no issues playing BYU
they just have issues with theirs quirks as Dick says so what could be better.
The only concern i would have is how would bowl tie ins work. Being a Utah fan
its hard to sympathise with BYU but I would like to see both stay strong. Just
because we hate you does'nt mean we want you to die.
Wait a minute - you mean BYU and Holmoe haven't already done this? Utah started
this 10 years ago - where has BYU been? What has Holmoe been doing? The answer
is simple - BYU and Holmoe have believed that their product was good enough to
garner attention from BCS conferences so they did no outreach. Now that they
are in panic mode and trying to sell to fans the idea that "everything is ok,
trust me," they are finally circling the wagons to start the decision making
process. At least wait to make a move until after the BCS decides on the MWC
being a contender.
To read all the comments from the Utes is really funny. They are soooo nervous
about going to the PAC 12 that they feel that they have to hurry and dig on BYU
to make up for their deep concern. So afraid that they will now be in the bottom
1/3 of a conference and fade into nothingness. As with many things, this could
take a couple or three years to play out, but I would much rather be in BYU's
shoes than in Utah's.
@RealityCheck | 11:48 p.m. July 30, 2010 You summed up my exact
thoughts as I read this article. "Trying to keep up with the Jones's next
door" is a perfect way to describe the BYU and Deseret News state of panic. No question that if Utah had not positioned itself through a focused
strategy to become the complete package the PAC is looking for ("academics,
research, and athletic prowess") the BYU collective would today be marching on
content with the status quo. Monkey Wrench | 12:20 a.m. July 31,
2010 reiterates Holmoe's message of a couple of weeks ago that BYU has been
working on something for three years. Monkey surmises that the "all of a
sudden" response to Utah's move it's a calculated strategy that is on going and
will continue to playout." Three years? Calculated strategy? Good
luck with that BYU and Deseret News.Keep up the fine work Mr.
Harmon. Maybe you will get an opportunity to cover a Utah / USC game at the
RES. Just think of the platform you would have to bag on the Utes and talk more
about bigots of the PAC.
Utes 31 Tide 17:Your approach, all bluster and no fact or logic,
shows the same anathema that Utah fans have had for BYU since before LaVell
Edwards took over at BYU. BYU sports and the WAC were supposed to be doomed
when Arizona and Arizona State left for the PAC-8. The Mountain West Conference
that BYU and Utah left the WAC to co-found was supposed to flounder, but it has
exceeded expectations. Now you have the temerity to say that BYU will not
survive without Utah or the MWC, give me a break! Money talks, contracts talk,
and exposure talks. If BYU can find a considerable increase in all three by
going independent, nothing Utah or Utah fans say can prevent it from happening.
If the MWC becomes an automatic qualifier within the BCS, nothing Utah or Utah
fans say can prevent it from happening. BYU will follow the most viable option
for them just like Utah did. It will be interesting to see if the extra bowl
money distribution improves Utah's success in sports.
The sky is falling... the sky is falling!Geeez Coug Fans, why don't
you support a position of waiting 2 years to see if MWC gets AQ statues or see
if the Big-12 expands.
Terry | 12:44 a.m. July 31, 2010 states, "[f]unny how all the BYU haters
come out of the woodwork and make lame and thoughtless arguments against very
prudent and intelligent actions by BYU!"Hey Terry, what "intelligent
actions" are you referring to? It's BYU's lack of intelligent action that has
put them in the current situation.
I told you the fans were annoying....
Good for BYU for exploring their options, even if it is reactionary. By far the
best option for the Cougs is to go to the Big 12, but as of right now, that's
not available. Who knows if it will ever be?Independence might sound
cool, but that would certainly have some down sides. Broadcasting your games on
BYU-TV is a surefire way to make sure that ONLY Mormons ever watch BYU football
games. The casual football fan would never even think to tune in to that channel
to watch anything, let alone football. If going independent will
help BYU financially, I would be shocked to see how BYU-TV could offer BYU
football the multi-million dollar contract it is seeking. That is tough to do
when BYU-TV's advertising base is essentially limited to Deseret Book, Seagull
Book & Tape, and The Brick Oven.If I was BYU, I would be calling
ESPN, Versus, Fox Sports...anything but going down the BYU-TV route.
As an innocent bystander (Aggie Fan) I do find all this "please don't be so
mean" talk from Cougar fans quite entertaining. Since Adam met Eve
it is you Cougar fans who have shoved the proverbial stick in our eyes and now
you just lost out on perhaps the most important game of all, getting to the bcs.
Too bad indeed and while I agree with many posters that BYU and Utah have helped
each other get where they are, it is important to note that it is Utah, not BYU
who has experienced the most relevant post season success since the BCS was
formed. This cannot be overlooked, BYU's bowl record is beyond pathetic, hence
the result.The belittling "little brother" comments and continuous
grandstanding of those who are "so blessed" has finally come back around to
haunt you. Your arrogance finally caught up to you and now it is too much for me
or probably any none BYU fan not to sit back and enjoy the self doubt circus
going on in Provo.I don't wish you ill and I certainly don't "hate"
you but it is nice to see you grovel:)
this is all about Baitmen's mistakes of not inviting Boise st and Fresno st. and
including UNLV and Wyoming. both mistakes cost the conference
chances at AC. and it has taken the loss of Utah to get the conference to start
a move to correct some of this mess. going ahead from here. the MWC
can not expand because of the bottom dwellers of the league are causing it to be
a NC. they need the extra games outside the conference to improve there records
they are soo far beind.
y you are no Longhorns. UT is the king of college sports. They could go to any
conference they want to. Thinking that the y could negotiate a broadcasting
deal like Texas is as insane as stating that the y will win 3 national
championships. Lala land!Notre Dame is nearing the end of their
football independence. It takes an incredible program to succeed as an
independent. The y isn't even close to being a tired run down ND.
@BlueSaint | 3:42 a.m. July 31, 2010 The BYU Board of Trustees will
soon acknowledge that the athletic program at BYU does not foster respect for
others and love for fellow man and is therefore detrimental to the church. 10 years from now the only event for which Cougar stadium will be used
is the annual 4th of July fireworks show.
Get a similar TV deal as Texas or ND? Really? what planet are you from.....oh
never mind.Delusion got you to this point (mid-majors).It's very clear that to take the next step will require a bit of give and take
....are you up for it kewgs?? If not, accept your annual trip to Laramie.
12 year olds unite! Must be a BYU article on the D news...... yep, it is!The utah fans commenting more on BYU articles than Utah articles....wow....
Just because households CAN watch, doesn't mean they will. I'm sure all 40
million in South America will be riveted to their seats to watch a mediocre team
play Futbol Americano. Soccer's goin down lol. I can watch fishing shows almost
all day, It doesn't mean I'm the least bit interested. I would much rather watch
nehu's Aggies on low definition. No offense intended, I really do like the
Aggies and have for years.
I'm a Cougar fan. But I was excited to see Utah get the chance to make it BIG
in the PAC 10/12. We are movin' on up.Why can't you "little" Ute
fans work up some enthusiasm over the potential of BYU to make it BIG.Oh, and by the way, I'm OK with our in-state schools NOT playing each other.
That is fraticide. Let us all thrill when our brother dominates his own
If BYU decides to go independent, I think they will do well for themselves.
They will be much like Notre Dame, who is still respected even in the down times
because of their football tradition. BYU also has that same tradition. I have
heard that the fans at Notre Dame are some of the best in the country and
visitors to their stadium and treated with respect and as guests. BYU (and
Utah) should strive for the same. I have something to say to all the
fans on both sides of the Utah/BYU rivalry who spew hate and venom whenever
they post: I plan on enjoying the upcoming season of football, come what may. I
am going to cheer for my team and enjoy the ride, while ignoring the ignorant
remarks from those who have nothing better to do then to stir the pot. I will
hope for the best for both teams and will no longer allow myself to be pulled
into the hate and anger. Hopefully there are enough fans on both sides who want
the same thing that we can turn the tide.
Almost unnoticed in the local press, but Texas has been seriously looking at
BYU-TV as a model for its own attempt to create a proprietary network. In fact,
that was the main sticking point in their negotiations with the Pac. The west
coast dinosaurs didn't want to let Texas have its own tv channel.Utah is going to regret the decision to jump at the after-thought invitation
to join the league of "former" champions, as its plan B (or was it F, G, or H)
option. Utah's competition and rivals are going to be Colorado and Washington
State. BYU will soar without the cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face "rivalry."
@nehu | 8:16 a.m. July 31, 2010 Hilarious comment...and right on
point!There is no doubt in my mind that Utah St will be taking it to
BYU within 3-4 years and be competitive with my Utes. Go Utah
The Y going independent would not be a good idea, from scheduling, to finances,
to bowl invitations.I'm telling you, the MWC will recieve an auto
BCS bid within the next two years. Just be patient. In the meantime, BYU, go out
and win your games. Go to a BCS bowl with a 12-0 record and win that game. If
you feel you belong there, then prove it.Talk is cheap. And we're all cheapskates.
sls | 9:17 a.m. July 31, 2010 Excellent. Get back to us after all
these predictions of yours actually happen.
Realistically, the only mid-major that has a chance to make it financially would
be us, Boise.Need I remind you that we have been to 2 BCS Bowl and
that ESPN ranks us as the best mid-major team for the last 10 years now that
Utah is technically no longer a mid-major.Financially, Boise is the
only mid-major with clout enough to secure their own contracts, bowls and
opponents. BYU is nationally irrelevant.My prediction is that we
will go independent if the MWC doesn't get automatically qualified.
Re: Conservative DemocratA MWC auto-berth is a pipe dream, and
here's why: It's based on the idea that the BCS(an organization founded on the
principles of greed and exclusion), is going to grant a berth to one of its
prestigious bowls to an outsider when it doesn't have to. The BCS's 3rd
criteria in evaluating conferences(overall conference strength) gives them all
the excuse they need to continue to exclude the MWC, or any other conference.I'm not saying BYU won't survive, I'm saying they're not going anywhere,
up or down.
Blue Saint, your 10 year revelation is a perfect example of BYUs biggest
problem... hi hi hi
@Reality: "If I was BYU, I would be calling ESPN, Versus, Fox Sports...anything
but going down the BYU-TV route".You missed the key point. BYU can
do the above with any game that might interest the other networks and max the
money from those sources. They can also run the rest of their sports programs on
their own channel. As far as gaining relevancy by joining the PAC
10? CO was in the Big 12 and a BCS school already and with a
national championship in the last 20 years. How nationally relevant are they now
they are in the PAC12?About as relevant as they were in the Big 12
which was pretty irrelevant. Utah is not any more relevant nationally in the PAC
12 than they were before. If anything they may be less relevant. They will not
be playing AL or any SEC school for a national championship in the near future.
It is the Utah fans who are delusional.Utah may get
lucky and go to a Rose Bowl but they are about as nationally relevant as ASU, AU
BYU has been producing top quality sports programming for decades. I worked on
the sports crew, out of a state of the art production truck in the late 70's and
early 80's. We did some work for ESPN back then. Doing the football and
basketball games were some of my favourite parts of my student years. It gave
the students amazing skills heading out into the job market later. I'm still in
BYU's problem is 2 fold. They need to go undefeated. Since they
can't even do that in the MTN that is a problem. They are not ready to dominate
the PAC12 or the Big 12. Neither is Utah. The second problem is TV
coverage (less than money). For BYU to get the international recruits, it needs
to have much better coverage. Then it will go undefeated. An
arrangement like that of Texas while staying in the MTN is the best arrangement
for BYU. They get better coverage, should over time get better
recruits and have a reasonable shot at winning the MTN. The BCS is a
dead arrangement walking. The conference realignments which are driven by TV not
tradition or geography are going to alter the BCS. Congress could also step in
and force a playoff system. BYU has to be flexible to navigate the
potentially swiftly changing environment. BYU will be fine. Utah might get to a Rose Bowl in the next few years but they will not
challenge for a national championship. While USC is down. UCLA will benefit.
Then it will be back to the PAC 12 as normal.
@BoiseSuperBlue The only thing that has made BSU relevant is their easy
schedule and then winning big bowl games when they have to. That is the same
route Utah took. It is the best route for outside teams. It will be
harder for BSU to do that in the MTN. I am not saying BSU can't just that it
will be harder. As far as BSU going independent. I do not think so.
They do not have the resources or the appeal. They are a novelty but that
disappears as quickly as BSU loses. You already have major scheduling problems
for open games. With or without the BCS the MTN is the best option
for BSU. Especially if BYU goes independent which I do not think they will. You national relevance only happens as long as you are ranked in the top
10. 1 loss and you are not relevant any more.
Ute fans commenting on this BYU article crack me up. You are still trashing BYU
even though you are moving to a better neighborhood. I read a U article a couple
of weeks ago and you could not help but cheer for Asista. Why must you tear down
U fan-unless you are a 19 year old living in your mom's basement-then I can
understand. I am an engineer, so the numbers are the bottom line
for me The guy who commented on football attendance is living a dream. Except
for the Crowton years, BYU has essentially sold out homes games for going on 20
years. And how far was it down in the Crowton years. Not by 10K fans, which is
still 10K larger than RES. Mediocre football team? That is also
dreamland. 4 years in the top 25 and over 40 wins. That is a model of
consistency and not mediocre by anyone's standards except for Florida, USC, and
a few select others. No one is denying monstrous beat downs. If the U had that
kind of consistency, it would be shouted from the roof tops. BYU football is
not going away.
Cougsrock is funny. He will do anything to try and spin this as a win for
byu.It's not and never will be. The obvious gap between the programs will
Arrogance, my goodness, from the Y, U and even the Aggies. Small town teams
with big egos, trying to one up each other. Can't just cheer for their own team,
but have to rant down on the other. Pretty old. Dick, nice article, but Holmoe
made two things pretty clear, 1) the Y couldn't just "dictate" itself into a BCS
conference, and 2) the Y is not Notre Dame, ie, not able to be in any conference
it wants or be successful as an independent. So, the Y will play in MWC, which
is fine even without Utah. While the TVchampionship leagues (BCS) get the bowl
money, the Y could drive a deal with the MWC like Texas is with the Big 12 and
use its sports to derive more $. They have that clout in the MWC, and should use
it. The road to a BCS bowl, may be easier anyway even without an AQ. Especially
for a MWC great team like the U had in 2004 and very good team like it had in
2008. Or the WAC with BSU 2009, and Hawaii in 2008 Lets, stop with the grass is
greener stuff, and play football.
It is so funny to see all of these Ute fans posting that BYU is in a state of
panic because of an reporters comments. I don't see BYU in any state of panic.
They will make the move when it is right, not because they were the "second
choice". If I remember right, the PAC-10 only came to Utah because better
schools wouldn't join them so, they went to second best. They would never have
brought BYU even if Utah had not been offered a seat in their house because of
their religious affiliation. So, Utah, how does it feel to be second best. BYU
is in no hurry. They will play things out. Even if it takes a few years, BYU
will find the right fit and they will flourish. It will be interesting to see
how Utah pans out for the first few years in the PAC-12. They think they are
just going to immediately win the conference championship.....who's dreaming
The relevant don't have to constantly remind themselves they are relevant.Utah
has begun to achieve this but has a ways to go. Neither Utah or BYU will ever be
on par with the really big boys relevance wise. How many current bcs teams are
relevant right now? Take a little time to stop the bleeding of being left out
and then make an intelligent decision how to proceed. After all if your little
brother can do it why can't you.
BYU's best option is to discontinue athletics and concentrate on educating
students with it's unique religious mission.
BYU will indeed pursue football independence. Take it to the
bank. With Utah's move to the PAC 10 BYU is desperate to avoid any
perception of being left behind and no major conference wants them.Independence is their only option.
So, do all of you think that Holmoe is busily reading these posts and taking
notes on your suggestions? BYU is saved!!
@Anne26Do you really believe that BYU's football tradition is the
equivalent of Notre Dame? If your view of BYU's tradition is representative,
then maybe it really is time to go to go the BYU-Idaho model. I do
admire your other comments; however independence is not a viable option. It is
arguable that independence is no longer viable for Notre Dame either. Everyone
should just settle down and enjoy the games for what they are. All of the talk
about "product" is interesting. It looks like a whole of fans from both sides
have bought into the same point of view that you have consistently derided when
you speak about the BCS conferences. All of us should be just a
little ashamed. We are projecting too much pressure on the schools, the teams,
and on each other.
The best option for bloggers like hedgehog, JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt is to
confine their comments to juvenile discussions, like Utah sports, and remain
silent on serious discussions like BYU sports.
Mount Olympus: Great points on why going independent is not such a
great idea.My 2 cents:The Mountain West's position has
changed very little from previous years. True, losing Utah is a blow, but we're
getting replaced by Boise State, which is a tough team to beat football wise as
far as replacements go. You had 3 good teams before and you will still have 3
good teams after. The mountain west is still a very solid conference, why leave?
Cougar Fans,You all apparently seem to be missing it. What I am trying to
say is that all the objective ute fans on this board could help you out if they
would. They have the knowlege and the connections to give you a boost.If you all
would say "please" they might step forward and be the generous people that they
are.Don't tire yourself out with "ute envy."Did you know that many many
years ago all the Utes had a little band of sheep?..............
BYU's BEST option is going independent. It's simple. The Mountain TV station has
9 universities that it averages it's 1.5 mil deal off of. BYU pulls in more
than any other 3 members combines. BYU is at the top of the heap, and then the
average is pulled down by other schools, i.e. Wyoming, CSU. BYU
would increase TV revenue by going Independent. As far as conference
affiliation, the ONLY thing keeping BYU from being considered a Major player
across the board is being affiliated with a mid-major conference. BYU draws like
a major, has facilities like a major, and is consistently ranked in apprx. 12-14
sports, as only a couple dozen other schools in the country are. Going
Independent would allow BYU to almost instantly shed the mid major title. For
examples outside of ND, I remind you that both Penn St. AND MIAMI were
considered Major BEFORE they joined conferences. It was there move to
Independence that made them so valuable that the Big 10 and Big East begged them
for their allegiance.BYU could get better bowl games without the
cruddy MWC deal with the Vegas.
Why does everyone assume that BYU going Independent would make them the next
Notre Dame? They could become the next Army, but without a Navy.And
would the BCS include BYU in its contract, like Notre Dame? Don't forget, Notre
Dame's TV deal is with NBC (nationally), not a cable channel no one outside a
BYU alum is going to watch.
JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt | 11:06 a.m. July 31, 2010"BYU's best option
is to discontinue athletics and concentrate on educating students with it's
unique religious mission"John, if you were in any way associated
with BYU's "unique religious mission" you'd know that "The Brethren" make the
decisions on this "option." Obviously they fell a little differently about it
than you do.To the rabid Utah State fans who have been posting here
with chest thumping about how great their program is. My reserved response is,
"ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS!" I am NOT trying to bash you guys, but WHEW! Unless
you go back to the Eric Hipple days in the mid 70's, you won't find any football
relevance for USU even in the state of utah, much less anywhere else. They are
lucky there in WAC and not the Big Sky (where they really belong).It's obvious to even the casual observer that the course for BYU is to wait
for BCS AQ status. In the mean time, if BIG 10-12-62, who-ever, come courting.
. . consider it.
It's obvious that due to BYU uniqueness it would be very hard for BCS
conferences to include it in their plans. BYU sticks out like a sore thumb and
I'm sure that most schools feel uncomfortable to face it every year in football
and every other sports. Yes, we're BYU; we are different, we are
perculiar. We don't comprise, we don't jump into the band wagon, we stand alone
and we should be very proud of being different. We keep things clean, honest and
pure. Let's not forget who's truly in charge of our school and who we
represent.I think the idea of going Independence would be a good fit.
We're very much independence because of our beliefs, standards and code of
conducts. We don't let the world change us. And if we want to improve our status
and reputation this is the way to do them. I think there's only three teams
which means the other nine or ten games could be teams with great traditions. Go
Cougs!Financially, we already have contracts with Dish, Direct TV,
Comcast, more deals can be made later. We can go nationals!
BoiseSuperBlueI would love to see Boise State have a great season in
2010, including winning a national championship.That would just make
beating up on the Broncos starting next year that much sweeter.btw,
been there, done that -- see BYU vs #1 Miami---------------------------------Utah fans -- why are you still
here? Aren't there any PAC 10 blogs you could be hanging out on? Or,
have you simply accepted reality, that you'll never really be one of the big
boys? All you're really proving by hanging out here is that for all
of your chest beating, you're still using BYU as your standard for measuring
Utah's success.Classic little brother syndrome.
BYU's best option is to not worry about what conference they're in and to make
themselves undeniable; eg - win their conference and out of conference / bowl /
tourney games. The fact that they haven't has severely reduced their
bargaining power when these situations come up....
BYU, TCU & BSU of the MWC have winning records (9-6, 3-2, 4-2, respectively)
againt the mighty Pac-10 & Utah over the last five seasons. I don't believe the
dominance of current and future members of the MWC over current & future members
of the Pac-10/12 will stop anytime soon...that is unless the Pac-10 wises up &
realizes that to stop this embarassing trend they should just stop scheduling
the "less-talented" MWC.Ute fans, you didn't get into the PAC
because of your athletic prowess. If that were the case, CO wouldn't have been
invited. You got in because you were the last viable option for a conference
that was hell bent on going to 12 teams in order to have a conf. championship
game and the money that comes with it. I'm not saying you don't deserve to go to
a more lucrative conf, because you do. I'm just saying BYU will continue to
dominate you (3 of the last 4 FB games, & lets not even talk about BB)
regardless of your conference affiliation.
@nehu | 8:16 a.m. July 31, 2010 Best and most honest post on the
article! Us going to the Pac 12 is cake, Byu fans misery is the frosting!
To 31-17 ... If a BYU BCS berth is a pipe dream because of Utah/TCE/BSU, so is a
Utah National Championship a pipe dream because of the top half of the PAC 10.
Utah will fight to win a PAC10 championship just as BYU will fight to win a MWC
title. It will require an undefeated season to be in a National Championship
discussion and BYU has a better chance at going undefeated in the MWC than Utah
has in the PAC12. I'm not arrogant enought to call it a fact but
it's awfully close to reality.I wonder how many LDS households
nationally (let alone internationally) would pay for a subscription to BYU-TV if
sports were included? I can tell you from my discussion with LDS folks on the
east coast, it's a non-trivial number. Combine church content (conference,
firesides, BYU devotionals, etc.) with sporting events and I'll venture to say
there's a sizeable number of the 4+ Million members in the US that would pay a
$10/month subscription. At 10% of that population (400K) x $10/Month ~
$4M/Month or ~$50M a year. Just sayin'
BYU's best chance to do anything is not to get embarrassed by Florida State and
TCU after beating Oklahoma and getting to a BCS bowl. Until then they are have
Go independent, have Deseret Book, KSL, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity and the Deseret
News pay for ads on BYU TV to make up the advertising revenue.They could
also sell ads for the new mall and condo project, LDS.org, LDS Business College,
etc.They could make many tens of millions each year.
If going independent makes the tds and their fans less hateful, I'm all in favor
I am a big time Ute fan. I am also interested in the local sports teams. I
also belong to the predominant religion here in Utah. Here is my
concerns with BYU going independent. First, as others have stated I just don't
see the market. Yes, lots of folks attend games outside of LES...but enough to
justify the costs of independent sports programming? Second, who is paying for
commercials (revenue) for KBYU programming? The limited times I have seen BYU
programming, the commerciasl all seems to be LDS spots. Finally, shouldn't
independence be financially self supporting...either through revenue, donations
or major sponsors? I have felt for a long time that the Church
receives more harm than benefit from BYU Football...mostly this is a local
issue, but there is a lot more vocal disdain for BYU football when they travel
around to other states. I just don't see it being helpful to the church. When
Air Force travels they seem to garner respect (maybe because they are generally
just an average team)...BYU dies not receive this same respect and it is
negative toward the church.
As a fan of The TDS, does going independent mean that we don't get to lose in
the Vegas Bowl anymore?
hedgehog|7:10 a.m. July 31, 2010Come on, we all know that the Holmoe is
working on a super secret time machine- it's been in the works for several
years.------Actually it's a Hot Tub and I herd they're
planning on going back to 1980s to relive the glory days.How would
BYU align itself with a bowl game and the BCS. Specially if we have 4 Super 16
coferences.I think the best hope is for BYU and TCU to make it to a
BugoffUtah may get lucky and go to a Rose Bowl but they are about as
nationally relevant as ASU, AU and CO.------I think we
can all agree that the National Stage is playing in prime time in January.If so only Utah has done it twice recently, the other schools have
not.Utah has been making national history:1st mid-major
to break the BcS1st mid-major to finish ranked #21st mid-major to
win 2 BcS bowls1st mid-major to get an invite to join the BcS cartelIf that is not nationally relavent for a mid-major then please tell me
what is since a mid-major has not won a title under the current rules.
Brushowl, as a fellow Aggie I agree with the idea of BYU being off the football
schedule. Possibly starting or renewing a rivalry with a regional opponent like
CSU or Wyo., but the fact is that BYU game is huge. The amount of revenue would
be too hard to pass up.
@Bugoff | 10:28 a.m. July 31, 2010BYU nor anyone else will out
recruit Texas, USC, Florida, Ohio. That being said BYU is already
is the dominate mid-major program in recruiting according to Scouts. Yet Utah,
TCU, and Boise have been buch better on the field. Conclusion, going
independent won't change recruiting much nor the play on the field.
You haters are pathetic. Utah State fans get picked for 4th in the
WAC and are suddenly a fearsome team.Utes, how insecure can you be?
You get what you want and you still can't stop looking back to your soon to be
old conference. Move forward to bigger and better. If you really are happy,
To stay in the MWC, BYU must have the right to broadcast all of their own
games. The MWC should beoffered AQ in the BCS.We should offer
all of the Independents, Notre Dame,Army, Navy to join the MWC. We should
invite SMU, Baylor, and Houston to join the MWC also.If they do not
want to come to the mwc, the following should all become independents:Notre Dame-----------------------ArmyBYU------------------------------NavyTCU------------------------------Air ForceBaylor---------------------------Boise StateSMU------------------------------HoustonWeather this group be the
new MWC or the newConference of Independents, this should be the nextAQ BCS conference.
@ IDCWe're haters? Really? The institution and religion you affiliate
yourself with is rich in hate. Maybe instead of turning your cheek and looking
the other way you could stand up for what is right. Until then though, BYU will
never be respected for thier beliefs(see pac-10 non offer).
TDS Fan Having a little bit of an identity crisis there BYU hater?
You might be a ewe in disguise, but there's no way you're a BYU fan.
Dear Dick,The key word: reputation of football program.That all there is --just reputation.Truth is: without a BCS bowl in its
resume, the football program is just better than average.TCU has 1. BSU
has 2. Utah has 2. BYU has 0.
BYU should be getting more money than the cellar dwellers. Wyoming,Sdsu,new
mexico,csu and unlv are not deserving of the same money as any of the top teams
in this league. The big 12 was smart to let the teams who make the league better
have more money. The MWC should let BYU broadcast their own games. BYU-TV is a
better equipped station then the MTN network. And more people can see the game
too. Hey aggie fan you can not be a bistander, aggies hate BYU as much as ttun
does. So stop trying to act like you are neutral.
optimist | 2:27 p.m. July 31, 2010 My father-in-law talks like
that.IDC | 2:25 p.m. July 31, 2010 I'm quite
certain that the Utes are in the MWC this year. Are you the Hall Monitor?
owlmaster2 | 11:21 p.m. July 30, 2010 ...Why don't they form the bYu
Conference and just play the blue team against the white team each
week????...Great idea!!!With their HD-TV technology, the
broadcast can be followed by lots of Kewgar fans all over the country.At
the end of the season, both teams can go to their own Provo BcS Bowl.Why
didn't Tom think of that?
@MiP | 9:31 a.m. July 31, 2010 ...Go to a BCS bowl with a 12-0 record and
win that game. If you feel you belong there, then prove it...Finally, some good comments posted here.BYU think they belong because of
their 20-some-year of football reputation from the WAC/MWC conferences. And
because of 1984.Try to get to a BCS bowl and win one.
@IDC | 2:25 p.m. July 31, 2010 I read the following post on another
article and thought of you..."The Utah Utes were the buzz talk at
BOTH the MWC AND the PAC Media Days. I certainly understand why tds fans are
having such difficulty dealing with Utah's presence on the national stage. Think about it...over the last three decades, the BYU collective has
talked itself into believing that schools and fan bases across the nation have a
burning desire to be just like BYU and the Cougars. Suddenly, they are forced
to acknowledge not only is that notion not true but that no one even wants to be
ASSOCIATED with them.Wow...now there's a wake-up call!"
BYU, jealous of "The Utes"?....now I am laughing. BYU is going to do just fine
no matter what "The Utes" have decided to do. Bottom line in all of this, is a
need for a national audience. One thing BYU has in spades and "The Utes", (I
love just saying that cute name), simply do not have. FACT: Out of ESPN's all
time TOP 10 largest viewer audience broadcasts, BYU is in five, (5), of them.
Yep, You Utes need to really enjoy this year, because begining next year, except
for the money, you may just disappear. Isn't it funny, or sad, how even now BYU
is receiving more national attention than "The Utes" are. Just get on line, you
see it everyday. Good luck though, cause you "Utes" are gonna need it!
BYU's best option is Independence, and I hope it happens for several reasons:A. BYU is THE draw for the Mountain TV deal. The other 8 schools bring
the average down. That means that BYU would make more money by itself. The logic
is simple. Texas brings way more money to the BIG 12 deal than Baylor. Texas
would make more without Baylor, hence the reason the Longhorns want unequal
revenue sharing.B. BYU competes and draws crowds like a major. BYU
is ranked in nearly every sport nearly every year. The facilities and
broadcasting are high end Major-like. C. The only thing keeping BYU
mid major is its affiliation with a mid major conference. The same was true with
Penn St. AND Miami. So, they both went Independent, became nationally
recognized, and then the BIG 10 and BIG East picked them up. D. Bowl
games. BYU would not be relegated to the Vegas Bowl every year. We could be in
better bowl games like we used to be with the Holiday and the Capital One. That
will never happen in the MWC, because there bowl committee's know they might get
stuck with Wyoming.
I think that having Army, Navy, and Notre Dame in the Conference of
Independents, gives the name,"independents" respect. It would be
good for BYU to be a part of that respected group. Dare I say more?
I'm not sure.
PJ Wow, did I strike a nerve. I didn't say anything about religion. I don't
care if you respect my beliefs. They are mine. This is only to do with
football, football, football. Sounds like you will fit in nicely
with the Pac 10 and all of their openmindedness.
Reality is that until you've won a major college football national championship,
your program will never be insignificant.Over 40 different teams
have played in BCS games in a little over 10 years.Compare that to
only 23 different teams that have won AP and/or Coaches Poll national
championships in the last FIFTY years and you'll understand why BCS appearances
will NEVER compare to winning a national championship.When the BCS
dies, which it will eventually, "BCS" will simply become another footnote in the
annuls of college football.Winning an Orange, Rose, Sugar or Fiesta
Bowl in 2010 will be no more significant than winning an Orange, Rose, Sugar or
Fiesta Bowl before or after the BCS.
Just remember Ute fans, you were picked for the Pac XII AFTER that mighty
athletic powerhouse Colorado if that tells you anything. Would BYU loved to have
gone to the Pac XII? Absolutely. Was it ever realistic to think BYU would get in
with it not being a graduate level research institution and with it's religious
ties? No way. So BYU is smart to wait it out and see what happens with the MWC
and the Big XII over the next few years. They'll be in a great position by then
to go independent if needed and Utah will be enjoying another 6-6 season in the
This article does nothing but elaborate on the Church's network associated with
BYU. This has very little to do with the ability of BYU to go independent.
There is no way BYU is going independent. The writer just put this in the paper
because it's still a hot thing. But I can't believe there are BYU fans still
thinking they are going to get invited into BCS conference. Alignment already
happened. Get over it.
"The same was true with Penn St. AND Miami. So, they both went Independent,
became nationally recognized, and then the BIG 10 and BIG East picked them
up"Cougarboston,hmmmm, and just who do you think will
"pick up" the kewgs??............Dial tone...................
*never be significant
With due respect, three things are virtually certain: BYU won't get an invite to
a BCS conference, it won't go independent and it won't leave the MWC. It's not
just the PAC-10; no other BCS conference is going to marry baggage-heavy BYU
(like the attractive, well dressed, but unbelievably neurotic guy who can't get
a date). Independence would be a disaster in scheduling (especially home and
home), and Holmoe knows it; that's why it hasn't and won't ever happen, no
matter how much they talk about it. Without the scheduling the dollars just
aren't there, no matter how you dice it.
pinkrobot ( great name),Keep telling yourself that over and over and
over again..... it probably works better than sleeping pills.
Just to clear up some misconceptions. Many zoobies beleive the Big
12 is more "accepting" of religious/conservative schools. This is true only if
your religious belifs are similar to the majority (i.e Baylor). If not? well, we
know how conservatives treat outsiders.....The big 12 pipedream will
never EVER happen and we all know it. Don't place all your hopes and dreams on
this invite.........Unless your willing to change.What do say kewgs?
you ready to make the needed changes?
BYU should stay in the MWC for the time being, help the conference achieve AQ
status, but keep the broadcast rights for BYU football and men's basketball in
the next MWC television contract. If Versus, theMtn, or CBS College
Sports wants to broadcast a BYU game, that's fine, but BYU should retain the
rights to broadcast their own games as well. If that means settling for a little
less for the conference, so be it.With Boise State leaving the WAC,
ESPN might be will to schedule MWC games on Thu, Fri and Sat only. A regular MWC
ESPN Friday night game would be great for conference exposure.I
don't ever want to hear Thompson saying again that the MWC doesn't want to play
on Friday nights because that would hurt high school football. Who cares?And, I certainly don't want to hear about Thu and Fri games being too
hard on Wyoming fans to get to the games. Again, who cares? Wyoming drawing
30,000 fans on Sat instead of 20,000 on Thu shouldn't be a television contract
@pinkrobot | 3:26 p.m. July 31, 2010 "Was it ever realistic to think
BYU would get in with it not being a graduate level research institution and
with it's religious ties? No way. So BYU is smart to wait it out and see what
happens with the MWC and the Big XII over the next few years."This
is the ONLY post I've seen from a BYU fan that actually recognizes BYU doesn't
have the research required by the PAC. I very much respect your acknowledgment
of that fact.Your conclusion "BYU is smart to wait it out..." is a
bit confusing to me. You talk like the inaction from BYU is by design. I
suggest to you that BYU is "waiting it out" because it's the ONLY thing BYU can
do. BYU has no choice in the matter. Admittedly, I am very
impressed that you know football better then the PAC coaches and predict Utah at
6-6. Do you have a stock pick for me? Oh wait...let's see how well your
prediction work out, first.
As a fan of The TDS, does going independent means we get to remain a Mid Major,
I'm all in favor of it!
Hey Dick, I really doubt that some Big 12 President is thinking, "Dang, dem
mormons have a HDTV truck, lets pick them..." The sorry fact is we mormons take
BYU way to serious, especially when it comes to football. Example: there was
118 comments on this article and 5 on the Brigham City temple dedication. Go
figure. Until we accept the fact that BYU football will always be a mid-major
team and have to settle for breaking into the top 10 every decade or so, and the
fact our religious convictions of no Sunday play is part of the issue. We will
be forever disappointed. The problem is we despise the world and it's
standards, but yet desperately seek their acceptance, what a paradox.
@skywalker | 3:21 p.m. July 31, 2010 What a great post. If your
postulations are correct, why hasn't another conference snatched up BYU? Maybe
it's because the world you live in doesn't exist.
FACT: Out of ESPN's all time TOP 10 largest viewer audience broadcasts, BYU is
in five, (5), of them.------Please post those viewer
numbers because I would be shocked to see that those numbers are higher then the
BCS games.Please provide the entire data set: The game and TV
"The problem is we despise the world and it's standards, but yet desperately
seek their acceptance, what a paradox."Maddog,Pretty
much sums it all up. Perfect.
Does going independent mean that our "Quest for Perfection" is back on?
If going independent means we'll be more "dependent" on other Mid Majors to fit
us in their schedule, I'm all for it!
"The problem is we despise the world and it's standards, but yet desperately
seek their acceptance."maddog,As a Mormon myself, I
think you just hit the nail on the head. That's really insightful. That's not to
say that we all do that all the time, but, I can think of a number of instances
where I'm guilty of the above.
UteologyYou look it and prove that you're capable of doing basic
All the Yewtah troll hater-ade aside...Harmon makes a lot of great
points about the viability of BYU as an independent. The potential of having a
relationship with ESPN that is in conjunction with our own rights to broadcast
on BYU-TV is VERY promising.With the Utes gone, why waste our time
in the MWC?? The MWC TV deal is PATHETIC both in terms of $$ and exposure.@cougarinbostonGreat post, I concur all of your points.
@Uteology I tend to agree with your points. I am no advocating BYU go
independent. I think they should get a TV deal like Texas and probably stay in
the MTN and schedule quality opponents from the Big East/ACC etc. This is what I really think. 1. The purpose of BYU sports is to
improve awareness and to help create a positive image for the Church. The Church
is buying ads in Jacksonville and 6 other cities too bolster it's image and
refute misconceptions. If BYU is in the top 10 they are relevant and serve the
same purpose indirectly. 2. The 10-18 mill TV contract of a BCS conf
affiliation would be nice but money is not the key issue with BYU sports. The
coverage is the key issue. 3. Even if BYU got a chance to go to the
Big 12/PAC12 it may not be in their best interest. IF it got them a lot of
national coverage it might be but they are going to lose a lot more often and
not be ranked as high. 4. The best option for now is the MTN plus
their own channel.
Going PAC12 was a no brainer for Utah. For BYU's situation is much more
complicated. Utah get money and academic prestige. BYU
needs national coverage and social/religious respect. All of BYU's
options are complicated. The MTN provides little coverage and the
Church is well known in all areas except TX. Going independent is
not feasible as scheduling will be to hard. Further, the BCS will shift suddenly
in the near future. The age of independents is over. The Texas
arrangement and a move to super conferences are the two mega moves of the
future. If BYU could go to the Big 12 North they would get
additional coverage in states where the Church is less well known. They would
also lose more games but might win the North and have a relevant playoff game
with TX or OK reasonably often. For now the best option is to get
GOOD and win the MTN and get ranked consistently in the top 10 while adding a
BYU TV capability.
BYU is capable of breaking the top 10 more often than once a decade. The big
problem is that they choke once they get there and they blow bowl games. BSU and Utah at least deliver part of the time, once they get to the top
and get an opportunity to knock off a big BCS team. BYU has a ways
to go on the field. However, their recruiting seems better. If they could get
better coverage the recruiting would get easier. BYU is still way
too focused on Utah and surrounding states. It tends to be way too myopic. It's
mission and student body are national/international. It's focus is
Here's the Deal ee oh with regards to BYU demanding much more of the MT West
money pie as many on here have suggested. BYU athletic teams, contrary to the
beliefs of many cougar fans, already have more than it's share of ill will felt
by the fans of the other Mt. West teams towards them. Truthfully, much of this
is likely due to how the Y fans put down the rest of the conference (including
the U back in the dark das of the 1980s); arrogance breeds contempt. If you act
like you are better than everyone else that is going to engender some strong
negative feelings over time (WYO fans are definitely not fans of the Y). So if
BYU demands more of the "kitty," they are going to tick off the rest of the
teams and their fans in a severe way as you will be your hurting their programs
financially; I don't think you have enough good will to pull it off. Leave the
conference if you want, but don’t insult the rest of conference with
demands for more of the limited available funds; thanks UofU and TCU in that
@skywalker It's a good thing the tds hasn't waisted its time trying
to be one of the elite 40 teams to have played in a BCS bowl game. Also note that until the tds beats anyone ranked in the season's final Top 25
AP poll, they'll actually be deserving of a NC.
BYU will stay the course in the MTN. Now that the U is almost gone from the
scene I'm optimist that the Y will finally get to a BCS game within the next 3
years. The future is bright for the U and the Y. Let the rivalry die out and
forge new ones with our loyal partners from Texas and Idaho.
Uteology | 2:11 p.m. July 31, 2010 "I think we can all agree that
the National Stage is playing in prime time in January.If so only Utah has
done it twice recently, the other schools have not.Utah has been making
national history:1st mid-major to break the BcS1st mid-major to
finish ranked #21st mid-major to win 2 BcS bowls1st mid-major to get
an invite to join the BcS cartel"===Title of News Article:"Independence could be BYU's best option"Launces into a diatribe
about Utah Football.How INSECURE are you poor Utah fans that it all
has to be a comment about Utah?All Utah needs to do to be relevant
to BYU fans is beat BYU more than once every four years in football, and at
least show up in basketball. Maybe the Pac-11 will get some viewers out of the
Rocky Mountain area when Utah becomes relevant in Utah...Stop
telling everyone how good you are. When people know it without you telling them,
that's when you are good...Lame...
Rock Of The Marne | 6:12 p.m.It would be terrible to hurt anyone's
feelings. Think of all those emotionally damaged people out there (Max hates
me).Serious, Marne, if you can't handle college sports, there are
soccer fields across the state where you can go watch kids play and get a
certificate of participation...
"The big problem is that they choke once they get there and they blow bowl
games"Yeah, because completely annihilating an Oregon State team
that was 1 field goal away from the Rose Bowl was such a choke job....
redfeather | 5:29 p.m. July 31, 2010UteologyYou look it and
prove that you're capable of doing basic research.-------------But sir I did not make the claim thus why should I do the "research" for
someone elses claim? Its like writing a term paper without giving
the exact data and expecting the professor to look it up. I am not sure about
BYU but at a "research" instaituion you would get an F for your work.@Buster | 6:41 p.m. July 31, 2010If
you re-read the post it was to Bugoff who claimed Utah wasn't relevant on the
national stage. I just provide some facts for him to refute.Sorry
to hurt your feelings Mrs. Sensitive but the post wasn't about BYU nor was it
directed at you.
BYU should do the right thing and give up athletics. Then they won't have to
worry about all those money issues and can concentrate on what they claim is
important to them.
VegasCoug | 7:01 p.m. July 31, 2010Big picture VegasCoug big
pitcher. It's just like your mentality to look at 3 of 4 when its really 3 of 8
or 5 of 10.BYU has made 28 Bowl appearances, winning 10, losing 17,
and tying 1.I personally was more impressed with the following
because I was actaully rooting for BYU to win so that are SOS looked better in
2008:#16 10-2 BYU 217-5 Arizona 31
BYU could go independent. They have everything to do so and nothing to lose.
As a classy Ute fan, I wish BYU well. It could be a Wynn-win situation for all
What should be most alarming to BYU fans is that this type of proactive thinking
needed to happen 10-15 years ago. Not yesterday.Y is it that Holmoe
isn't taking the heat for falling asleep at the wheel??- while Hill
strategically developed a dead program into a BCS busting, PAC12 team? Y? Me thinks that if the kewg fan would drop the blind obedience mode and
demand progressive leadership positive things might happen.Kewg fan
should be LIVID that four mid-major teams have reached a BCS game (6 games in
total) before them, and yet all we hear about is '84 and long ago Doake awards.
Please, please, please BYU. Go independent.Go independent in 2011.
By 2015 when the program is bankrupt and not going to bowl games, maybe you'll
shut down the football program for good.
144 comments!? Lol.... BYU haters out in full force today.You guys DO
know, its just a football team, right?Life CAN evolve around actual
important things besides mindlesslyHating BYU
Uteology"Big picture VegasCoug big pitcher"Couldn't
agree more about the big picture! You see, the only thing I ever see you Utes
bring up and just harp on over and over and over.... and over... article after
article after article...is bowl history. "2 BCS bowls"... 10-17-1... broken
record... and that's all you guys can ever use because it's the only area where
you guys have a leg up on BYU.But, as I always say, when an
independent national media outlet did in fact look at the BIG PICTURE, taking
all aspects of a program's history into account, we all know how that big
picture looked, don't we??ESPN... Jan 23, 2009... all-time prestige
rankings...25. BYU43. UTAHBIG PICTURE, BABY, BIG
PICTURE...And by the way, bowl games and bowl only bowl games do not
a program make.PROMINENT PROGRAMS WITH LOSING BOWL RECORDSTexas A&M... 13-18Oregon... 9-14Pitt... 11-15Florida...
18-19 (14-18 before Urb arrived)Ohio State... 19-22Utah has a
had great bowl success the last 15 years... but what else???
@VegasCoug | 9:08 p.m. July 31, 2010 "Utah has a had great bowl
success the last 15 years... but what else???"Well...an
admirable string to bowl victories and an invite to the PAC leaps to mind.
Here's the BIG PICTURE that ESPN's research department put together... let's
look at some key categories ESPN esteemed as valuable accomplishments....WHO HAS THE EDGE?BOWL HISTORY: UTAH (Utes bowl record is
very impressive and superior to BYU's, I have no problem conceeding that as a
Cougar fan)TOP 25 FINISHES (AP poll): BYU (17 to 5)10+
WIN SEASONS: BYU (15 to 5)NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS: BYU (8 TO 0)HEISMAN: BYU (1 winner, 8 finalists; UTAH = 0 winners, 1 finalist)CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: BYU (23 to 5 since 1970)CONSENSUS
ALL AMERICANS: BYU (15 to 5)NFL 1ST ROUND PICKS (since 1970, cut-off
year ESPN implemented): BYU (7 to 5)** I acknowledge that Utah has
had a superior track record of NFL draft picks the last few years; BYU likely to
add another 1st rounder to it's resume soon with Matt Reynolds...And
one more that is interesting...HALL OF FAMERS: BYU (6 to 1)****Utah's 1 hall of famer is from the "leather helmet era"; all 6 of
BYU's hall of famers are from the modern era.BIG PICTURE:25. BYU (476 pts)43. UTAH (264 pts)
Remember that this really only about football. The only championship that
excludes Division I schools before they play.We may be talking only
about relative TV independence for BYU football.It will never be
like playing in the PAC 12, but intersectional games against top 10 competition
on an irregular basis will be good for BYU and the larger fan base.A
combination of KBYU, BYUTV, ESPN, and the Comcast networks would work better
than what's out there now.If you go totally independent, who wants
to play you regularly? You can't offer a national network TV game, like Notre
Dame. Better to stay in a conference, negotiate big games on the road, get a
good week to play Utah, and then wait to see if the BCS just breaks away from
the NCAA. If that happens, then who knows what will happen. It will not be
pretty.BYU can still count on Utah to work for them behind the
scenes for now. The partnership may still be beneficial to both sides.
@ Vegascoug Apparently that's enough!!
What if BYUTV signed a contract with Texas to broadcast their games. Texas
secured the broadcast rights, but they lack the resources. No other school owned
television program will be available to a relevant number of viewers in the near
future. BYUTV provides an established platform and minimizes the obstacles.
Texas would be given a percentage of commercial time for which they would sell
advertising. Soon schools would be competing for Saturday air time on BYUTV.
@UteologyCincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, and South Florida were
all invited into the BCS cartel years before Utah was.And, I'm not
sure why you are bragging about finishing #2. The MWC has 2 teams who have
@UteologyCincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, and South Florida were
all invited to join the BCS cartel before Utah.And, I'm sure why you
are bragging about finishing #2. The MWC has 2 teams who have finished #1. One
of them did it twice.
I wish the Zoobs would at least win a bowl of any consequence before you think
about the bigger picture. Why would you think going independent would be any
big deal to anyone else in the country beside those of you who live in the
"bubble".That whole independent thing has really worked well for
Notre Dame lately hasn't it?
Here is this story in a nutshell, BYU is jealous that the University of Utah got
invited to the Pac-10 and not them.. long story short is if BYU would play on
Sunday it would be them and not Colorado!!!
National relevance happens when you get into the top 10 and stay there. Every
other ranked team's fans follow you hoping you will lose. Then you are relevant.
BSU, TCU and Utah have been able to do that a couple of times. BYU
has to take that step. The other way you become nationally relevant
is playing and beating a top 10 school during the season. However, that only
helps for a little while if you later lose. Joining a major
conference only helps if you get into the top 10. It may give you more money and
more prestige. It may get you scheduled against more good opponents but it does
not make you relevant. You are only as good as your current record.
If you lose you fade fast. How relevant is Texas Tech? How relevant is USC this
year? Since they can't play in a major bowl they are no threat, other than to
the teams they may beat. BYU has to have better TV coverage. They
also have to get the talent to get into and stay in the top 10.
Uteology | 7:13 p.m. @Buster | 6:41 p.m. "If you re-read the post it
was to Bugoff who claimed Utah wasn't relevant on the national stage. I just
provide some facts for him to refute."What, Bugoff gave you
homework?And you did it?What does the "information" that you
gave him have to do with "Independence could be BYU's best option"?I
guess it's gotta be all about Utah. If it's about BYU maybe going independent,
it's all about the Utes. Q:"Should BYU go Independent"? A:"Utah has ..."Neato, it's all about the Utes again... Me, Me, Me Me...You
guys love to see neat things written in writing about yourselves, by
yourselves... LOLCan't you guys just shut the lights off on your
Lt. Commander|11:24 p.m. July 31, 2010@UteologyCincinnati,
Connecticut, Louisville, and South Florida were all invited to join the BCS
cartel before Utah.------I stand corrected, my bad.Under the current BCS system a mid-major has never been #1. Utah was
the first to finsh 4th and 2nd.
@VegasCoug|9:32 p.m. July 31, 2010First, It was Bugoff who you
quoted about choking in bowl games. He is BYU fan, not a Ute.Second, big picture doesn't start in the 70s if your going beyond the MWC.Third, those prestige rankings mean diddly unless your saying Colorodo
#22 is a better program today then BYU, Utah, TCU, and Boise. All it shows is
BYU dominated the WAC. Good for you, so has Boise.Fourth, all those
individual awards and top 25 rankings yet still a mid-major.
You are kidding? BYU does not have that kind of clout.I live on the East
coast. Where is their audience?In truth, who really cares how BYU is
doing in a national context. They have not been relevant for years.An independent network? Wow! How to detach yourself from the real market and
OK...now I have read all of the comments.BYU fans talk as if they have the
same clout as ND. That in itself is totally delusional. You would have to have
all of the members of the the LDS church supporting every game 100% of the time,
all of the time.Utah made the right moves, not the least being that
it had national success.BYU was the big deal when I was growing up
in SLC. Not to me but to so many people. Utah was the second class team. Yet,
even when I was there you could feel the Utes changing.Kind of sad
for BYU to be left hanging. Kind of funny too. Utah earned their way out and to
me the Utah legislature etc really handled this perfectly by staying out of the
I am convinced that if the Y had of gotten invited to the Big 12 they would have
be a force in that conference. Recruiting is the life blood of any program and
recruiting would have exploded for the Y.. in a positive way. However none of
that happened and the Y is now left to figure out how to recruit with nothing to
offer recruits - a BIG problem. The BEST LDS football players are going to go to
the U now and the Y will be left with the left overs which will further hurt
their program overall. TCU and Boise will take the top spots in the MWC and the
Y will be a has been most likely unless they can convince the Big 12 to change
their minds and expand this year. How long will the LDS church setttle for
mediocrity in Football ... 3-6 win seasons year after year? I would say going
independent might a better option than staying in the MWC because the schedulue
will be better but can you convince recruits to come?? I doubt it. The Big 12 is
the only hope for the Y.
patriot|9:13 a.m. Aug. 1, 2010BYU is not going 3-6 this year or in
the future playing in the MWC or being indapendent. Over the last decade
according to Scouts their average class ranks in the 40s. Even if they fall to
around the 70s, which similare to Utah and TCU, they'll be one of the top dogs
in the MWC.@BusterYea it was, considered him schooled.
In fact by the sounds of it so were you.
Independence plan # 11. Get all ex- cougs from the MTN.2. Use
new hd broadcast center.3. Utah and usu will be begging to play each
year.4. Suu, weber state... That's 2 more games.5. Northern Iowa.6. 5 More games from the Mexican university football conference. 7. San
Diego state-- for all the socal zoobes.8. Wyoming -- just because...9. Get all ex zoobies that are selling cell phones and house alarms to
man the phones and hit the pavement.10. Start selling pyramid
financial plans for the network.11. Use extra tithing money that is
coming into slc from the PAC 12.
To the ute fans that think they are relevent and BYU is not I would say the
ultimate judge of that is the market place. I spent the last week in the Bay
Area and happened to go into the sports apparel shop on Pier 39. Funny thing but they had a pac 10 section for apparel that had every pac 10
teams gear, including Colorado, but no utah gear. I thought this strange and
asked why and they said because no one had ever even requested any and those
decisions are made based on whose gear they think will sell.Another
funny thing was they had an entire section of BYU gear there and I asked about
that and they said other than the Cal and Stanford gear it was probably their
top seller for college gear so they keep alot on hand.Relevance is a
funny thing isn't it. Some think they are but no one really cares about them
while those same people think someone else isn't but their gear sells all over
the country.I'm sure you ute fans will be over there watching your
team get waxed so you can check yourself.
A broadcast center is useless unless BYU is playing against opponents from big,
reputable conferences. Nobody wants to see BYU Football when they play Northern
Iowa, Eastern Washington, Utah State, and a regular diet of bottom-dwelling MWC
and WAC teams! In the final analysis, the ASSET that trumps all others is a
winning record against top teams from top conferences! That is something BYU
does not have. Going Independent will put BYU in no-man's land, just like Notre
Dame, Army, and Navy are today.Nobody wants to play a nobody. Only
if BYU can dominate a strong conference can they be somebody and get games
scheduled against top teams from top conferences. That is the nature of college
football today. Independents are nobodies.
Duckhunter,You can't be serious... The realighnment of the Pac 10
only happened a few weeks ago. Most major sports news outlets still don't list
Utah in the Pac 10 (look on Sports Illustrated) on their websites. And you think
a San Francisco store should have Utah apparel on their racks already? And you
think the lack of Utah apparel proves that Utah is irrelevant?Really?did you forget to wake up this morning before you put on
your slippers and took your place in front of the computer?