I will continue to not give one single, solitary sh*t about BYU, even if we play in the same conference.
If we have to end up in the B12 because the P12 completely implodes, then so be it. The notion that Utah would somehow pass on finding a conference home simply because we don’t want to be associated with BYU (something I’ve seen repeated multiple times over the last few days) is beyond asinine.
Let’s just see what comes out of the meeting first.
To the TDS question, I believe getting back into a conference with them is no deal breaker. The deal breaker might just be unwieldy logistical costs of having teams in the Eastern time zone we are required to play in multiple sports - many of them non revenue sports.
I know there are those in Utah who want to play BYU every year and be in the same conference. I am not one. I would prefer to not play them. If the U admin makes their decisions based on what BYU does or where it is, the U is screwed. Do what is best for the U.
since this is paywalled i’ll copy over some of the important pieces of information. This is from ESPN (so sources mean a lot more than say with dodd or canzano) since they are playing both sides and been pretty reliable about what’s going to happen
Regarding ASU,AU and UU:
As another industry source pointed out: “I don’t see any of them having the fortitude to break up the Pac-12 themselves. They’ll break as three. It’s either going to be all three leave, or none leave.”
Regarding Oregon and Washington to Big Ten:
One of the few certainties in a fluid situation is that no matter the league structure, Oregon and Washington don’t plan on committing to anything long term. Nor would they subject themselves to exorbitant exit fees.
Big Ten presidents also don’t want to look predatory.
New Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti also doesn’t aspire to look like the saboteur. But he’s done some quiet diligence about the potential of Washington and Oregon, as the Pac-12’s vulnerability has made it obvious they could shake loose
Any addition of Washington and Oregon would counter the wishes of USC
There’s a prevailing feeling Washington and Oregon could end up available [to the Big Ten] for a cut rate.
I have lived in the middle of the U$C-UCLA rivaly for 40 years. It is intense, and there is lots of jackassery, but there is no religious element. That makes all the difference when comparing the BYU-Utah rivalry to any other.
Me too. Yeah they’re intense but that’s what a rivalry is supposed to be. Imagine no tOSU/Michigan, Aub/Alabama, Florida/Georgia etc. I want BYU every year in every sport. Football, basketball, baseball, womens sports, Olympic sports, tiddlywinks, chutes and ladders. Everything.