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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
 
Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 12:48 am
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Yeah I know A&M was second but I was wanting some A&M idiot to say only Texas was ranked higher in academics in the Big 12, that way not only have they admitted Texas was better in athletics but academics also.  A&M allways takes back seat to Texas.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:49 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

A&M was second in academics in the Big 12 and will be second in academics in the SEC.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:26 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

JWSchmidt3 said (inter alia), "Totally off the wall and less than 1% of ever happening, but it would be pretty cool if somehow LSU & Arkansas could be swooned over. Obviously a pipe dream, but is anything really out of the question??"

Yes, LSU leaving the SEC, its long-time rivals, and its SEC-urity is absolutely out of the question.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:19 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Imakansan said, "I don't want those dumb-ass Mormons in our league. If we're gonna add any more members, then let's pursue a real university like Louisiana Tech or Houston."

Imakansan, Youreanidiot.



Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:13 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

He didn't say they were dumb for being mormons only that they were mormons and were dumb.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:39 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Teres Minor .... I could not have said it better myself, you did great.

As for BYU, BYU is the next viable option for the Big 12 to get, they have the next best across the board athletics dept that has the educational standards the Big 12 has stood for.  I am a huge Texas fan and allways have been, but my second favorite collee team has allways been Houston. As much as I like Houston, Houston never really fit he old SWC and sure does not fit the Big 12, yes the athletics dept does but the educational standards there are lower which really makes them not fit, Rice fits and in fact raises the bar, SMU too.  other than basketball Wake Forest and Duke have below averge athletic depts overall but the educational standards make them very accepted in the ACC because they raise the educational standard of the whole league. When the conferences add new colleges they have to look at what that particular school does for the educational standards to the league as a whole. Whats is really sad is that was why the SEC was wanting A&M so bad, it raised the educational standard for the SEC, which is really sad considering of the 12 original Big 12 team A&M was only ranked above TT, but barely behind Colorado and Nebraska. The Big 12 got rid of 3 of the lower ranked educational standard colleges they had, replace them with colleges that add to that standard instead of subtract. They can get who ever they want of the non BCS qualifiers, they do not have to just settle for anyone. Boise has a great football program but the rest of thier athletic dept is very suspect. Logical choices would be BYU, SMU, and Notre Dame, of course the third is dependant on what Mizzou decides. 



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:29 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Pay no attention to idiots and trolls (often one and the same.)  While I don't agree with all that the LDS teaches, so what?  I don't agree with everything Catholics teach either, but that doesn't stop me from having a drink with my father-in-law!  Differences aside, I've found that the followers of Joseph Smith have much to be admired about...

Being a Big12 fan by marriage, I'd love to have a quality institution like BYU join the conference!  Good school, good teams, good people.
 



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:29 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Well said Teres Minor, and I couldn't agree more. There is simply nothing worse than ignorance in action...



Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:29 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Add TCU, BYU and Louisville.  If Mizzou leaves probably Cinncinati.  It is a shame Memphis doesnt play better football.  All of these schools field pretty good or better, much better in TCU and BYU's case, football teams.  The added benefit would be that the B12 would be the best basketball conference in existance.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:29 pm
 

BYU admits discussions with Big 12, but no invite

Good comment, I am not Mormon either and as long as nobody tries to convert me, their religion is not a relevant issue.


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