Great news.I doubt if there is a Utah fan that wouldn't prefer the
PAC-12 over the discussed PAC-16. In most fan's mind our position in the
Southern Division with games agains UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, and
Colorado every year (with a game every year in LA) is ideal. A side
benefit is if the Big-12 (with 9 teams) does try to remain in tact; undoubtably
that will include expansion of 1 or 3 teams. Hopefully, BYU can be one of those
admitted. (Or would the Y perfer to remain independent?)Good Luck
cougars.And isn't 12 such a wonderful number; however, all bets are
off as to how long before the 4 conferences of 16 teams becomes reality.
Bull... What kept them from expanding was that they couldn't get Texas again
and didn't want to make the mistake of settling for more second rate additions
like they did last year.
Real Bass, what does that say about your third rate program that wasn't
considered? Having trouble getting over the jealousy?Texas wouldn't
make the move without their tv revenue being excluded from league revenue
sharing, otherwise they would be part of the PAC-16 and your school wouldn't be
having discussions with the Big-12 about a potential expansion.
Best thing that could happen for Utah is the Pac-12 staying pat at 12. Even 14
would take the Utes away from playing enough coastal teams each year.If BYU gets the expected Big XII invite, the state of Utah will suddenly be
sharing two BCS conferences, where just a year ago it was nothing but a
mid-major state.AND, the BYU-Utah rivalry will again have some
useful meaning outside of "hatred": which BCS conference can carry the
state in a given year.Once again, something to actually play for.
I have to laugh at last weekend's 54-10 losers who would claim Utah is lucky the
Texas and Oklahoma schools aren't going to be a part of the proposed Pac-16
because the conference would be too difficult for us, yet get excited about
their potential to receive an invitation.I also have to laugh at the
jealous cougar fans who would describe Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as
"second rate additions". They're currently ranked #1 and #7
respectively. If the Big 12 DOES invite the unranked -- and not even receiving
votes -- 1-2 Indy-WACers, it'll be the Big 12 who will have been compelled to
admit a "second rate" addition.And I DO mean
"compelled". They've already said 9 teams won't do, and they've had
15 months to invite the cougars....but they still haven't! You're like
unathletic weakling nobody wanted who was picked last in gym class, but only
because they HAD to. Except for the part wherein you haven't been
picked yet. Haha!