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SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer

Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:50 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 10:51 pm
 

San Diego State and the Big East began discussions last week about the Aztecs joining the league as a football-only member, but don’t expect the Aztecs to make a decision anytime soon.

Meanwhile BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said Monday night the Cougars never had an invitation to the Big 12 and the school  is “at an impasse (with the Big East) and not able to move any further.”

College football industry sources said San Diego State officials informed the Big East it will need some time before determining whether to join the league as a football-only member.

“They might not be in a hurry,” a source said.

The Big East is looking at San Diego State as a football-only member after the Big East decided to “move on” from negotiations with the Cougars after BYU wanted to retain its television rights for its home football games.

Sources said San Diego State “is still very excited about the opportunity” to join the Big East, but estimated it could take anywhere from “two to three weeks” to “a few months.”

The Big East is pursuing the Aztecs because Boise State has said it wants a guarantee of a Western partner before joining the league.

UCF, Houston and SMU are prepared to join the league but want to join in a group with Boise State. So those three schools are waiting on Boise State while the Broncos are waiting on a Western partner – either San Diego State or Air Force – and Navy is waiting until those other schools join before it commits.

BYU began discussions with the Big East after the Big 12 “decided to go in a different direction,” Holmoe said Monday night on BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall’s radio show.

“At this time things have slowed down (with the Big East),” Holmoe said. “I think it’s apparent.”

Holmoe said BYU and the Big East were able to go through a number of issues very quickly.

“But there were some uncertainties when it got to the end," he said. "Some television issues, and other issues. We are at an impasse and couldn’t go any further.

“They were eager to make this happen, to get BYU on board. We weren’t ready to do this. We gave them a proposal – I’m not sure exactly how it got out – we could do that, we could sign on right now if there were TV rights for our home games. But that would have been certain; we would have known exactly what we were getting into.

“We tried to come up with a possible solution, once we reached an impasse.”

Holmoe also said BYU never had any television discussions with the Big 12.

“We didn’t get too far down the road (with the Big 12),” Holmoe said.

Even though, the Cougars left the Mountain West last season to become an independent in football, Holmoe and Mendenhall both said the school sounded eager to join a conference.

“We’re continuing looking for conference affiliation if it were to come along, we’re not hanging posters on conference doors,” Holmoe said. “We’re going to keep our eyes open.”

Mendenhall added that “at some point, some one in a conference will say that’s a ‘very unique brand that wins a lot of football games that has a worldwide following and has tremendous assets and we want them.’ ”

A source told CBSSports.com last week that the Big East had “moved on” and was no longer pursuing BYU as a football member.

“The Big East, I respect them so much,” Holmoe said. “I’m not in position to tell them where things are.”


Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:40 am
 

SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer

 Houston, SMU, and UCF needs to go ahead and make the annoucement that they are joining. I believe if those 3 teams would commit then Navy would commit and probalby then Air Force would. Air Force would give Boise a western partner and then the Big East should not look at another western team. If these 6 teams join the Big East still needs one more team to get to 12 members after the 2013 season. And they probalby will need to even add 1 more team, because there is a good chance that Louisville will be added to the Big 12 in 2013. All of these teams have said they would not join until 2013, but the Big East will need 1 team for next year with WVU leaving or they will be playing with 7 teams. And they would take a cut in the TV deal if they fall below 8 teams. Navy being a independent could be the team that could join by next year. Bit the point is, that the Big East needs to add more than 6 Teams. And 8 might not be enough.



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:47 am
 

SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer

"Too bad Mountain West commish couldn't renegotiate TV deal and pull in Houston and SMU.  With Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii coming into the league next year would have been a good 12-team league with Boise still in the mix along with Air Force.  Teams in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas.  Be good for TV and recruiting."

You know, there is some truth to that but unfortunately the MWC seems to think that having half of the games on the Mtn network and Versus are the greatest thing ever.  As the teams come to find out as they move in, that while the money compared to other non-AQs is nice, overall it is the absolute worst conference in terms of media exposure.  I would be a lot more receptive to teams hanging out in the MWC and pooling the best non-AQs together in this conference were it not for the horrible media deal.  Also it makes no sense for Houston and SMU to go to the MWC as that would not bode well for relations between two conferences that are merging for football in the not to distant future. 



Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:27 am
 

SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer

LOL OMG I thought ESPN was joking when they announced this.

San Diego State is in CALIFORNIA!

Wait, this has to be a joke right?



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:06 am
 

SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer

C'mon Yners, WAKE UP!

At what point or how long does it take before your gonna realize that you are not wanted, anywhere!

It is really time for Provo to take a big self examination and figure out why nobody wants them.

PAC-12 says no, Big 12 says no, and Big East thought about it and then quickly ran the other direction and said NO. 

It's pretty obvious that Provo needs to make some changes and make itself attractive, as what they are doing now is not working and is really just plain tired, the drama and pompous attitude are not appreciated. 1984 was a really long time ago. WAC and MWC teams are sharing all your "issues" and how awful it is to be in a conference with somebody who THINKS they are something special, THINKS they deserve special treatment, and THINKS the whole world is impressed. and THINKS everyone is mean, and THINKS they are treated unfairly.
 
It's sad when you can't open your eyes and see reality.

Rise and shout, your running OUT (of opportunities.........)



Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:46 pm
 

SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer

Too bad Mountain West commish couldn't renegotiate TV deal and pull in Houston and SMU.  With Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii coming into the league next year would have been a good 12-team league with Boise still in the mix along with Air Force.  Teams in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas.  Be good for TV and recruiting.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:41 pm
 

SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer

I'm telling you people,THE BIG EAST IS DONE.Conference USA Teams better stay where there at too.Your in Better shape than THE BIG EAST,at least in Football anyway.



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:20 pm
 

SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer

SDSU is doing it's homework. I still think SDSU goes to the Big East.


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