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Blue roundup: Will Notre Dame remain independent?

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    4 superconferences

    0 invites for byu

    It's coming

    And I love it

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    Besides the Big East, one league might allow ND to keep its "independent" football contract: The Big 12. ND should be romancing the Big 12, and the Big 12 ought to be romancing ND.

    The Big 12 is a great basketball and football conference. Adding ND would solve the Big 12's shakiness.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Sept. 20, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    Corby, Corby, Corby. Probably the last thing BYU needs at this point in time is to give their opponents bulletin board material.

    Bronco supplied last week's BB material for Utah when he said the better team didn't win in the 2010 rivalry game.

    I think Y fans have spoken, they want the team and coaches to just shut up.

  • cork Murray, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Right on. Shut up and play or refund all ticket money for the season.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Was that the weird guy who tackled me on my bike? Oh, forgot, he wasn't even born yet when I was a student back in 1982. Man, that guy was weird.

    ND should leave Ind. and join ACC.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 20, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    From what I have heard out here in ACC land is the ACC will go to 16 teams in two divisions, with each team playing 8 games in division, and a couple of cross division games. That leaves two "preseason" games left to schedule. If this holds true, and the other "super" conferences do likewise, the options for independent teams to schedule quality opponents becomes really tough.

    Its a goofy season we are in, with radical realignment underway. What seemed like a brilliant idea last year now has serious shadows over it. Texas looks like they have given up on the independent idea. If they feel they will have a hard time pulling it off, BYU and ND will surely have their challenges.

    But lots of change yet to come - more cards to be dealt. Who knows the final hands each of these teams are holding in a few weeks will look like.

    I for one don't want ND in the ACC. I see the fit, but don't want them.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Notre Dame has no need to for a conference affiliation and neither does BYU. They'll gladly sit to the side and watch this mega-conference mess play out...they'll fail just like the expanded WAC did. And the 4 independents will be happily fine through the whole mess.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    Didn't a ball fly over Eason's head for a TD Saturday because he made the classic Pee Wee mistake of playing the ball and not the man?

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    The only way I see Notre Dame joining a conference is if they can't land their other sports in a viable conference.

    Notre Dame doesn't need a BCS conference for its access to BCS bowl games, or even BCS opponents. It already has all that.

    It's its other sports that could push it into a superconference. With the impending demise of the Big East, Notre Dame certainly has a decision to make.

    However, I believe any combination of the Big XII and Big East would still include the basketball/non-football schools of the Big East, so Notre Dame might still be okay as an independent.

    It's hilarious that Thompson thinks Big XII leftovers would join the invisible MWC. Those leftovers would combine with Big East leftovers to make a BCS conference. Duh.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    If Notre Dame joins a conference for football, than hopefully BYU has something in the works to join one soon as well. And hopefully it is not the Big 12. That conference is as good as dead.

    Also, yes Eason did go for the ball as it went over his head for a Ute touchdown. He also dropped an easy interception when BYU was still in it. I don't recall if Utah scored on that drive or not, but the interception potentially could have changed the entire game... actually on second thought our offense probably would have just squandered that opportunity just like they squandered every thing else the defense gave them and the result would have been the same. Oh well.

  • cork Murray, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Tom Holmoe's Worst Nightmare:
    Super conferences form.
    BYU left out - forced to remain independent.
    Can only schedule nobodies.
    Recruiting dries up.
    ESPN buys out contract.
    LES attendance drops to 15,000 - maybe.
    Bowl invites limited to Worthless Bowls; BYU cannot afford to accept.
    New Broadcasting building struggles for something to air.
    Football program limps along.
    Five years from now - school announces that football program is discontinued.
    LES becomes college football's finest intramural facility in the nation.
    Sad.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 20, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    ND to the Big Ten or ACC would be a good fit for those conferences, but I don't see it happening.

    For right now, the Big East still exists, as does the Big-12. Regardless of what those conferences do, ND can sit back because they are giants. It's the smaller players (relatively) of the world (TCU, BYU, Pitt) that have to be proactive.

  • CaptainFD LITTLETON, CO
    Sept. 20, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    ND doesn't need any conference. They could make their own conference.

    As for the BYU defensive player Eason: You should keep your mouth shut about everything for the time being...Heaps and Bronco ought to take the advice too.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    ND and BYU to big 12 would solidify the conference a bit, but I don't know if that's a viable option.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Yeah, that video wasn't all that humorous...though it looks like the guy in the video does a better job tackling than the BYU's defense did on Saturday! B^D

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    Notre Dame has a sweet BCS deal. There is no reason for ND to join a conference. Notre Dame's deal and BYU's full independence is apples to oranges.

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Texas won't go indy without a BCS deal like Notre Dame. I can't imagine that was really considered.
    However you add it up, there are not enough schools for the super confrences. BYU will have plenty of games to schedule. For example; Iowa State and Kansas State may be looking for non-AQ homes soon.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 20, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    If the Big 12 implodes, why would the remnants of the Big 12 or Big East go to the MWC? The Big 12 and Big East should merge and pick up the best teams of the MWC and / or Conf USA. The Big 12 still has 2 years of AQ status and it seems it would be easier to convince the BCS to keep the AQ status than to go through the application process.

    Keeping TCU and adding Air Force, Boise State, BYU and Houston to the remnants of the Big 12 / Big East is probably strong enough to maintain AQ status. Sure it's not the SEC, but it would be on par with the ACC in football.

    The ACC will try to either pick up TX and TT or UConn and ND or UConn and Louisville to be the first conference at 16.

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    corby eason is easily the worst player on byu's defense. add him next to heaps on the list of byu players that shouldn't speak to the press anymore

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    ND should remain Independent until someone is willing to give away the store.

    They can spurn any offer knowing full well any "super-conference" would be happy to have ND as a member.

    With regard to the UCF story...

    DB's are supposed to have a short memory.

    However, this BYU DB quoted, seems to be taking this principle to an extreme.

    Just a reminder to this player, you and your merry band of brothers were gashed by a slow moving, fraglie QB...

    54-10.

    It's time for both the defense and offense to play the way fans were led to believe they could play.

    Someone once said..."You either make it happen or you make excuses".

    Which is it going to be BYU?

  • B Centerville, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Oh yes. After one horrific loss, all the Utah fans on this post are college football sages. Keep in mind, when this whole thing goes down with the PAC 12 (and it will) Utah is going to be bottom half of the conference. Utah will be no better than Arizona or ASU. Granted, Utah at least has the opportunity/hope/dream of going to a Rose Bowl, but that gets pretty unlikely having to recruit against USC, Texas, OU, Oregan, Oklahoma State, and Washington.

    As for BYU, who knows? I seriously doubt they are going to be left out of the mix with conference realignment. I know some Utah fans think that would be great. You are pathetic college football fans and sellouts if you think an 'elite' 64 team structure that eliminates half of D1 teams is a good idea.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    If they stay Independent, Notre Dame will be walking off a bridge and BYU is happily following it.

    I can't believe some of this stuff sometimes. It's truly incredible.

    BYU has major issues. Holmoe, to Bronco, to Heaps. Don't even get me started on them.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    Oh oh. ESPN is now reporting that the PAC 12 just voted to STAY at 12. This is like a soap opera.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Hey college football sage...

    Ch. 2 is reporting PAC 12 is staying PAC 12.

    Ever consider de-caff?

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    The Pac-12 presidents have voted not to expand it's conference beyond 12. This is certainly good news for byu fans. The Big 12 will survive and byu maybe the team to get an invitation to replace Texas A&M. Missouri sounds like they are off to the SEC and that means the Big 12 will have to find another replacement team. I think it's time for byu to end their Independence gig especially after what Utah did to you guys on ESPN last Saturday. I'm sure ESPN was embarrassed by the Cougars performance as well as their fans. Get into a conference byu, your not Notre Dame and never will be.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 21, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Interesting that it BYU was about to get an invite BEFORE Texas A&M dropped its surprise on the Big XII, as reported elsewhere last night and today.

    So, rumors that BYU was going to the Big XII to help get it to 12 teams were true.

    Now it's reported that Missouri wants to join A&M in the SEC. What's poor Baylor to do?

    Will the ACC pounce on getting "ruffled-feathers" Oklahoma? Or, will the two biggies left make nice and save the Big XII for now?

    If they do, is the Big XII invite for BYU back on?

    C'mon, DNews. The Trib beat you to the latest news, most of which was national last night. What's up?

  • Hondo Alpine, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    BYU is in 2nd in the Independence conference. I think they still have a chance to finish first in the conference if they win out, which is likely.

  • SammFan Sammamish, WA
    Sept. 21, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Eason must be trying to motivate himself. Last week seemed pretty disastrous for him as a player. Missed tackles, overplays, and the dropped INT should have kept him quiet this week.