BYU Making the Big(12) Leap?

Updated on October 17, 2016 in General Athletics
6 on July 25, 2016

This has been going on for a couple weeks, but hasn’t broken here yet. BYU has given notice to the Big 12 that they want to be considered for membership as the conference looks to expand a couple years hence. It seems that the decision to expand has been made, but the candidates for expansion are still being debated. The Big 12 would take either 2 teams or 4 teams with Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, and UConn leading the pack in various orders, depending on whom you ask.

Apparently, BYU is willing to consider football-only membership (presumably staying in the WCC for everything else) but prefers full membership: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/17127391/byu-notifies-big-12-interest-joining-conference-open-discussing-football-only-option

Here’s Jon Wilner on BYU and the future for the WCC, saying that Denver is the most likely candidate for expansion if BYU moves on completely: http://blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports/2016/07/25/wcc/

Thoughts? Many of us figured this was inevitable, but I don’t think anyone’s all that happy to see BYU go…

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0 on July 25, 2016

As soon as they came in the league, I felt that BYU was a short-timers. Their vision of a Notre Dame-meets-Texas existence (football independent with their own network) was never going to reach the heights they hoped. Their fans aren’t crazy about the WCC, never have been. I think they feel the league hinders their recruiting ability in hoops and I think football  and makes them second fiddle to Utah. Jealousy runs deep on that front.

Will miss having a competitor like them in the league. Didn’t realize that they have won the Commissioners cup a few years in a row.

Denver or Seattle?  Tough call.  

 

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0 on July 26, 2016

Denver seems the better call to me, except for travel issues.

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0 on July 26, 2016

God forbid I agree with most GU and SMC fans, but they seem to be saying that the WCC shouldn’t expand if BYU drops unless there is a really compelling team. I think they’re right. There may be small media advantages to adding Denver (less so Seattle), but it would be another middle-of-the-road WCC team. The inconvenience of 9 teams might be small compared to the frustration of adding more mediocre basketball programs. Mark Few described adding Pacific as being a “tough-out,” and with the recent NCAA violations, he was probably right. It’s not like GU is ever actually going to jump from the WCC (for reasons discussed ad nauseum), but there might be something of value to trying to convince them that the WCC is committed to improving its product.

That said, best case is BYU stays, even if that means they go B12 for football…

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0 on July 26, 2016

That’s a fair point too. We’ll see what happens when the chips fall with BYU.

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0 on September 15, 2016

It’s not going to happen. College football is about markets. BYU doesn’t even carry SLC anymore.

Add in the scheduling hassles they cause, their lack of geographic primacy or relevance, and their homophobic honor code, and it’s hard to see it happening.

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0 on October 17, 2016

Big 12 is not expanding. BYU is sticking around a while longer, it would appear: https://mobile.twitter.com/Jake_Trotter

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