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BYU, Louisville say they're happy where they are

Posted on: August 13, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 11:57 am
 
NOTE: This is an update from an earlier post on BYU and Louisville.

If - or when - the Big 12 starts seeking a replacement for Texas A&M, at least two possible candidates told CBSSports.com they are happy with their current situations.

BYU, which left the Mountain West last season to become an independent, plans to remain an independent, while Louisville is happy to remain in the Big East. That, of course, could change if either school receives an invitation to join the Big 12. Both schools have been speculated as possible targets of the Big 12 if Texas A&M leaves for the SEC.

"We have not been contacted by anybody," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said. "We are very happy with our partnerships and relationships with ESPN, BYUtv and the West Coast Conference [in BYU's Olympic sports.]

"We like the plans we have made as an independent in football and with the West Coast Conference. We are moving forward fast on that path and getting ready for a big season."

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said the Cardinals are excited about the future of the Big East.

The league recently turned down a nine-year, $1.4 billion media rights deal from ESPN and is line for an even bigger deal in the next couple years from ESPN, NBC/Comcast or Fox.

"We are very happy where we are," Jurich said.

Neither Holmoe or Jurich would address any other conferences. I also asked Holmoe how committed BYU was to being an independent. "Just focusing in on what could be an exciting year for Cougar football," he said.

One official at a BCS conference, that could be affected by Texas A&M's move to the SEC and the resulting dominos, said Saturday he had not heard of any new developments.

"The only news is whatever your colleagues make up," he said jokingly.
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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:19 pm
 

BYU, Louisville say they're happy where they are

It's simple.  They expected a sudden burst of improvement in relative to comparison with BYU's status.  They are nervous because this hasn't happened and to make matters worse, there is a lot of buzz around BYU soon joining an AQ league as well. 

For example, many probably expected to outrecruit BYU in football for the 2012 classes.  Scout dot com shows BYU with a top thirty five class with Utah's ranked in the upper sixties.

I can see why they're nervous.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:16 pm
 

BYU, Louisville say they're happy where they are

I will start by offering the Utes congratulations on their invitation to the Pac 12. 

That being said, the difference in quality of the education offered by these institutions isn't only apparent in US News and World Reports rankings but, also by posts such as this.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:09 am
 

BYU, Louisville say they're happy where they are

If BYU was invited to join the Big12 they would probably jump at it. The reason BYU went independent is because they can make more money on their own than with that little bitty conference they were affiliated with. If they became a part of the Big12 they could still make their own money with their network, and also get a $15 mil cut from the big 12 from their tv deal. That spells success and would exponentially grow BYU's program because they would have more money coming in than ever before.

As for the Big12 never inviting BYU... Ute fans, you gotta be nuts or just arrogant from your own move to say something like that... or just that jealous that you jumped to join the wrong conference that had grand plans to become a 16 team league and fell on their face grabbing Utah and Colorado, the two lowest schools on the totem pole they wanted to join.

Don't be surprised if Big12 makes a play for Zona and Zona State, as well as BYU to get back to 12.



Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:39 pm
 

BYU, Louisville say they're happy where they are

<span style="color: #000000;">When A&M leaves for the SEC in the next few weeks the shockwave will blow up multiple conferences.  BYU will stay indy for now, if they ever join a conference remains a mystery.  Louisville won't go to the Big12 because there won't be one.  Texas has dug a hole with their arrogance and will be indy as well.  Mizzou to the Big10 with Maryland.  Va Tech to the SEC.  ACC grabs 4 Big East schools and the Pac12 gets OK and OKst and probably 2 more like Kansas and K State.  OR A&M chickens out (doubtful) or the SEC says no way (doubtful) and nothing happens (yeah right).  By the way, the SEC is just giving A&M time for the lawyers to do their stuff and to negotiate with VA Tech and other schools to bring in even schools.  No SEC expansion within current footprint of SEC (NO FSU, Clemson, GaTech)



Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:55 pm
 

BYU, Louisville say they're happy where they are

HA!  Don't look now, bro, but UT's "marketing footprint" is shrinking by the minute, being replaced by TCU.  You provencial UT types don't see it, but ask anybody just about anybody nationally about who they'd like to see, UT or TCU, and TCU is running away with it.  The only reason TCU won't be asked is because it woud beat UT's coddled "elite" like a red-headed step-child year in and year out.  Oh, and while I'm at it--THANKS for sending us to the WAC--it was the best thing that could have happened to TCU.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:50 pm
 

BYU, Louisville say they're happy where they are

BYU would NEVER be invited, how pompous to say your not interested.

Just so you know Yners, you have to be invited before you turn down an invitation.

Your never going to be in the BCS, but nice fake try, ha!  
 

BYU did not come out an make some statement that they don't want to join the Big 12...read the article!  A reporter called the AD and asked if they would be interested in an offer  from the Big 12, should one be extended.  He answered the question (albeit vaguely).  That's not pompous at all. 

On a side note, do you know why the reporter called BYU's AD?  Because almost everyone involved in cfb, with the exception of dilusional ute fans, understands that they have a national brand and would benefit the Big 12.



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:08 am
 

BYU, Louisville not interested in Big 12

What is it with Ute fans? do they all have the pitiful desire and need to make stupid and belittling comments on BYU articles? You are a Ute fan, go read and comment on your own teams articles.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:24 am
 

BYU, Louisville not interested in Big 12

BYU would NEVER be invited, how pompous to say your not interested.

Just so you know Yners, you have to be invited before you turn down an invitation.

Your never going to be in the BCS, but nice fake try, ha!    



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:04 pm
 

BYU, Louisville not interested in Big 12

Loserville?  Really?  They're lucky they're in the Big Least.  I doubt any other major really wants them.




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:55 pm
 

BYU, Louisville not interested in Big 12

Why would BYU be interested in a conference that revolves areound one school, and one school only?  BYU just went Independent.  Does the Big 12 really think that tehy would give that up to join a conference that revolves around one team and one team only?  Highly unlikely.  Justa s unlikely is Louisville joining the Big 12.  Ditto Air Force and San Diego State.  All for the same reasons.  No decent School is going to want to join a conference who kisses the tail on one school who had a 5-7 football team.  We know that Texas does NOT want another team from Texas in the conference, because they are afraid of the recruitment competition.  How blind can the other Big 12 teams be?  Obviously teams outside the Big 12 are not blind at all.



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