Our source who broke the BYU football independence deal to us a day before most reports is now confirming the path we have maintained BYU was pursuing, despite the forthcoming evidence/documents on the botched WAC deal: BYU football is going independent.
The BYU athletic department has been working the phones to solidify at least most of a 2011 football schedule. The WAC (and presumably ESPN) are lending assistance. Other sports will sign a deal to still go to the WAC until at least 2012. The assumption is that BYU is still hoping the Big 12 comes calling.
What would stop this from happening before 11:59 pm MT on 8/31 would either be that schools give BYU the cold shoulder in scheduling (just scheduled Texas, so doesn't seem to be a problem), or that the MWC goes head-over-heels in making concessions (monetary and TV) to BYU. The latter doesn't seem likely, as MWC commissioner Craig Thompson has turned away similar BYU requests in years past saying it would give BYU a competitive advantage.
Our source tells us that the WAC move is officially dead and talks with the WCC are happening. The WCC and BYU are just waiting for BYU to finalize some football scheduling before making it official.
August 28, 2010
August 20, 2010
Combined with the reports from the main-stream media that Texas had contacted BYU to inquire about their brand new TV facilities and state-of-the-art mobile TV unit -- this scheduled series got our wheels spinning.
Could BYU leverage their state-of-the-art TV facilities into a Big 12 invitation?
August 19, 2010
The Upset welcomes guest Jarod Daily, a TCU alum who currently works as a copy editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Here he offers us his thoughts that while conference expansion may make for new road trips and rivalries in 2011, it's boiling the blood for 2010. (And we know bad blood with horned frogs never ends well.) Follow Jarod on Twitter @jadaily
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August 18, 2010
The move comes as BYU is threatening football independence, but currently gives the MWC 11 teams for the 2011 season. BYU did vote for both schools to join the MWC, even though their rumored independence plan was to move all other sports to the WAC, which now only houses 6 schools. We'll wait for that to all play out.
Fresno State and Nevada both accepted the offer that was announced officially only 6 or so hours before their press conferences.
August 12, 2010
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August 6, 2010
To that effect, the top teams in the Mountain West were all given very favorable starting positions (TCU's definitely earned), and they and Boise State are in position to get a shot at cracking the title game.
5. Boise State
Also receiving votes were BYU (total points of 66 ranking them at 28th) and Nevada (1 total point placing them at the effective ranking of 48th).
While Boise State's and TCU's rankings are expected, Utah and BYU seem to have earned the respect of many coaches around the country. Utah is replacing many defensive stars who were drafted recently (Kruger, Stevenson, Johnson) as well as their leading receiver (Reed). BYU earned 66 total points despite the fact that in the last 2 seasons they have lost the program's all-time leaders at receiver (Collie), tight-end (Pitta), and running back (Unga) to the NFL, and they are breaking in a new QB with the graduation of Max Hall.