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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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Anglica29
Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:52 am
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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:16 am
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

A&M may be more similar to BYU in the conservative aspects of the culture but, that's about it.  The Bible belt types do not like Mormons as a general rule.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:50 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Paytonb, you dumb aggie.  TAMU orgiginally declined to participate in the Longhorn Network, but then later approached UT to join in.  Too late!  By the way, if the Aggies "don't agree with the concept of university networks period", then why join the SEC?  Ever heard of Gator Network?  .  You've been a middle of the pack Big 12 team and you'll be a middle of the pack SEC team.  That said, you academic standards will at least be on par with the SEC. 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:57 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

We in the Big 12 would love to have BYU.  Football and basketball would be great additons.  We will be tolerant of their faith/ religion.  Just because our Texas Governor Slick Rick Perry believes Mormonism is a cult, don't worry
UT being more religiously tolerant than A&M... you really would have been more believable if you had not gone there forty. 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:55 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Nobody is crying about A&M leaving the Big 12. Certainly not anyone from UT. 
Apparently you haven't been listening. 

A&M has not been relevant for years.
They are #17, where is Texas again? You can live in the past all you like, I prefer the here and now. (a tip though, if you insist on the past, go further back then last year... you won't like that one either.)
 

 They were just jealous because UT had the brain power to come up with the Longhorn Network 
They don't agree with the concept of university networks period.. why in the world would they be jealous?





Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2011 6:32 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

The "little Big 12" with better football teams, basketball teams, and larger fan bases



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 16, 2011 1:54 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

We in the Big 12 would love to have BYU.  Football and basketball would be great additons.  We will be tolerant of their faith/ religion.  Just because our Texas Governor Slick Rick Perry believes Mormonism is a cult, don't worry.  He is an idiot and may become the Republican darling.  He is also an, yes you guessed it, an Aggie.  Hah!  Does that tell you anything?  Come on Cougars, we'll clean our stadiums of the smelly old, Sarge and scoop up after Revellie, the little collie who would be a snack for your mascot. 



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2011 12:32 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

No one is likely to be leaving the SEC.  They already have two big advantages:

1) lowest academic standards to limit recruiting,

2) highest tolerance for illegal/immoral recruiting.

Look at what has become of Hurrianes and Seminoles, trying to compete in a conference with standards. 



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2011 9:59 am
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Your nuts, eagle bet against OU in dec. Defense wins that game and who has the better D. OU will score at will against them and make enough stops to win it again. Big Game BOB, and staff will outcoach little brother again. Heck they struggled against Texas, who couldn't even score a TD until we put the scrubs in. BOOMER



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2011 9:49 am
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

eagle-mentor, dont quit your job to be a football analyst . houston wont even go to a bcs bowl.ok behind staford? what have you been smpking



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