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BYU issues statement on expansion "distraction"

Posted on: August 31, 2011 7:37 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With an open spot (or possibly spots, plural) now available in the Big 12, rumors have begun flying as to what team (or teams) might fill it (or them). One of the teams frequently mentioned is BYU, whose long tradition of football success, devoted following, and current independence could make it an interesting fit.

In response to that "speculation," BYU issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
There is much speculation right now regarding conference affiliation that seems to change by the hour. Commenting on such conjecture is not productive and creates a distraction for our program. As we enter the 2011-12 athletic season, BYU is focused on the opportunities ahead. We are excited about our relationship with ESPN as a football independent and our [other sports'] affiliation with the West Coast Conference.
Of course, by releasing the statement, BYU has confirmed that such speculation exists and arguably creates a greater "distraction" than simply not issuing any statement at all. (Would we be writing this post if the Cougar administration had said nothing at all? No.) That the statement notably declines to say "we will not be joining the Big 12 or any other conference" or  "BYU will remain an independent" or something along those lines will likely only fuel the rumor mill's fire, too.

We sympathize with schools (like Virginia Tech, whose spokesman angrily commented on SEC-centric rumors earlier Wednesday) caught up in the maelstrom of expansion talk, just as their 2011 football seasons are ready to get underway. Their frustration is understandable. But in this case, expressing that frustration may end up doing more "distraction" harm than good.


Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:22 pm

BYU issues statement on expansion "distraction"

Sounds to me more like BYU, much like a dependent spouse who files for divorce, has tested the waters of independence, found them a bit chilly, and is looking to remarry quickly.  Regarding the "[w]e sympathize..." in the last paragraph, exclude me from the we as these parasites are out for nothing by MONEY, and will sell their souls (and their school) for the big bucks.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:54 am

Ute trolls weigh in...

So, why do you "utes" hate BYU so much?  The only reason I can think of is envy. BYU has a national presence; Utah doesn't.  BYU has a National Championship in football; Utah doesn't.  BYU has a Heisman winner; Utah doesn't.  BYU has an honor code; Utah doesn't.  And so on, and so forth.
Utah fans have a lot more to worry about than BYU now.  Even though they were given a "sweetheart" schedule where they don't have to play Oregon or Stanford, there is still a lot of question as to whether Utah can sustain what they see as "excellence" when they have to play a real schedule.  Utah could easily finish 6-6 or 7-5 now that they have BCS teams to play on a regular basis.  
Really, the only thing Utah does better than BYU is troll.  Some of your stuff is really entertaining, though.  Keep up the great work.  Just don't get too excited at Utah's delucions of Pac 12 competence quite yet.  

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:29 am

BYU issues statement on expansion "distraction"

Now its a cheap shot? How in the world was that ever a cheap shot? it was a clean hit that ALL the commentators and analysts agreed on. It was unfortunate that he landed on his shoulder awkwardly like that. Going for the knees is in the category of a cheap shot. Take your blind hate somewhere else.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:01 am

BYU issues statement on expansion "distraction"

  1. Yner fans forget that the cheap shot that took out Sam Bradford at Oklahoma will cost them this bid. Oklahoma will NEVER vote for BYU to join the league. If (and they will) BYU takes out Texas players viciously, that will just add to the already dislike of one of the most hated programs in all of sports.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:37 am

BYU issues statement on expansion "distraction"

What a pompous thing to hello Provo Community College leaders......YOU DID NOT GET INVITED, why would you issue a statement, ha!

Repeat......YOU DID NOT GET INVITED, and your NOT going to get invited, ANYWHERE.

Nice try, but your not BCS material, sorry!      

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:58 pm

BYU issues statement on expansion "distraction"

Yes, BYU might be a candidate for a league like the Big XII. But does the Big XII even want to expand? According to one coach (Bill Self of Kansas) nine is the ideal number for a conference because you play 16 games in basketball and 8 games in football allowing for another non-conference game and increases the likelihood of a conference team going to a bowl. The current TV deal is not likely to be modified with A&M leaving because the Texas market is still well represented with Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor. That means the money is divided nine ways instead of ten.

For BYU it would be a big step up. The Big XII is the only major conference to allow private school networks, meaning that BYU can have their cake and eat it too. They can televise all the games the national networks pass on and they can share in Big XII revenue too. I suspect that there will be more developments soon but don't make the mistake that Big XII is going away. The fact is, any conference with Texas and Oklahoma in football and Kansas and Texas in basketball will garner plenty of viewers and be successful.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:52 pm

BYU issues statement on expansion "distraction"

BYU is the best option for the Big 12 if it wants to survive. Other teams to add if the Big 12 wants to go back to 12 are Air Force, Louisville, and Memphis. Any 2 of those 3 would also be good. It wouldn't hurt to invite Notre Dame or Arkansas, but they would never join.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:31 pm

Has an offer been made?

Has an offer been made?  If not state so and lets stop all the speculation.  If there's no offer BYU isn't going anywhere.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 9:27 pm

BYU issues statement on expansion "distraction"

BYU is a good fit  it offers a new market for the Big 12 as well as a program that is already at the same level as most Big12 schools in all sports. Of all the choices out there BYU brings more to the table than SMU,UTEP,Tulsa,Colorado St ect. I say bring in Houston BYU and one other school if not the BIg 12 is done

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