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BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Posted on: October 15, 2011 5:14 pm
 

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said Saturday the Cougars have had discussions with the Big 12, but have not turned down an invitation and have not been invited to join the Big 12.

“I think with all that’s happened in the last little while and now that you see TCU has joined the Big 12 replacing Texas A&M, it’s probably a good time to talk about things we haven’t before,” said Holmoe prior to Saturday’s game at Oregon State.

Holmoe said he’s made it a point to keep all past discussions with the Big 12 private. The Cougars are playing their first year as an independent after leaving the Mountain West Conference last season.

“That’s really how we want to do our business,” Holmoe said. “These are very important discussions. We want to make sure that they’re private and that they’re personal and that we do not put our business out in front of the nation.

“I do really appreciate that the Big 12 has kept to their word and that the discussions that we have been involved with have been very private and very confidential.”

BYU has been mentioned as a possible candidate to the Big 12. The league is still waiting for a decision whether Missouri will remain or join the SEC.

“Well I’m very excited about BYU football in the future and BYU athletics,” Holmoe said. “As you know we’ve made some pretty bold moves the last little while to go independent. But for me, I’m competitive. 

“People that know me, that know (football coach) Bronco Mendenhall, (basketball coach) Dave Rose and the rest of our coaches that we’re going to do everything that we can to stay as competitive as we can. I want to play at the highest level that we can. We’ve been doing a good job where we’ve been and we’re going to continue to look to do our very best.”

If the BCS conferences evolve into 16-team superconferences, Holmoe “wants to be at the table.”

“We’re always monitoring and listening to what’s going on out there,” Holmoe said. “So I think some people have thought that we haven’t been involved. We’ve very much been involved at a lot of different levels of communication with various conferences.”

Holmoe said he doesn’t believe the fact BYU won’t participate in athletic events on Sundays is an issue.

“I don’t think it’s real complicated for BYU, but I think everybody knows that BYU is not going to play on Sunday,” Holmoe said. “That’s one of the issues that I think everyone in the country knows where BYU stands.”

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big 12, BYU, Missouri, SEC
 
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jhoshamusing
Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:45 pm
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:06 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

 but Loftin has stated the true motive was to build aTm's national "brand," and this move has been considered for a couple years (or longer if you remember their desire to move there before the Big 12 formed).  I hope this works out for aTm and wish them luck. 
Glad to see someone who actually 'gets it'. :) 



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:46 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

"You missed the point completely. A&M could care less about the Gator network or the LHN and don't want in to either one. Their problems with the LHN were concerning unfair advantages UT was trying to implement into the network, not the network itself. Not agreeing with the concept of networks and not wanting to be part of one does not mean they have issues with other schools having them as long as they comply with the rules."

Texas' contract with ESPN was based on the model of Florida's with FOX.  They are virtually identical.  The problem became that ESPN named it the LHN rather than ESPN-Texas or something.  SunSports pays Florida 10M a year AND shows HS games and highlites. aTm used the LHN and other issues to justify their move but Loftin has stated the true motive was to build aTm's national "brand," and this move has been considered for a couple years (or longer if you remember their desire to move there before the Big 12 formed).  I hope this works out for aTm and wish them luck. 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:22 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Haven't you been following the Republicans presidential candidates as they debate and campaign? 
Since when do people actually believe that politicians echo the sentiments of the public? I could care less what they are debating about, Perry being a Christian and calling the Mormons a cult in no way reflects general Christian attitude towards Mormons. This kind of generalization is what causes so many problems in this country. Tell you what, let me find a quote from a few liberals claiming all anti-abortionists should be hung by the neck until dead and then attribute this feeling to all liberals. Would you still agree with gross generalizations?


jhoshamusing
Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:27 am
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Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:22 am
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Haven't you been following the Republicans presidential candidates as they debate and campaign? Mitt Romney's religion (he's a Mormon) has been called a 'cult', not a religion, and definitely not Christian. These comments have been made by supporters of Rick Perry, Governor of Texas - who are mainly southern, white conservative Christians, who also proclaim themselves to be members of the Tea Party.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:12 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

The Bible belt types do not like Mormons as a general rule.
That's the first I've ever heard that. Christians certainly have a differing view than Mormons on many issues but what reason exactly would you think makes them dislike them? For all the differing views with Mormons, obviously there are even more differing views with Atheists so are you saying Christians don't like atheists either? I lived in the Bible belt for many years and never heard a negative word about Mormons. 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:10 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

TAMU orgiginally declined to participate in the Longhorn Network, but then later approached UT to join in.
They never approached UT about about joining, and had absolutely no interest in any network.

Aggies "don't agree with the concept of university networks period", then why join the SEC?  Ever heard of Gator Network? 
You missed the point completely. A&M could care less about the Gator network or the LHN and don't want in to either one. Their problems with the LHN were concerning unfair advantages UT was trying to implement into the network, not the network itself. Not agreeing with the concept of networks and not wanting to be part of one does not mean they have issues with other schools having them as long as they comply with the rules. 
 



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:37 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

if it's good for the big 12 and byu go for it i am a die hard ou fan so the better teams the big 12 get's the better chance they have to be a super conferance the more the betterMoney mouth




Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:44 am
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Once A&M joins the SEC, Texas will start to lose recruits left and right.  A&M is going to gray-shirt (AKA Oversigning) as many recruits as possible.  Soon the top recruits will start wanting to play for an SEC team instead of a big 12 team.  With A&M they will now have an in-state choice.  This does not bode well for texas.


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