I say this, as it seems everyone on the interweb, and Twitter especially, has a 'source close to the situation.' The Texas A&M/SEC/BigXII expansion conundrum has made most very suspicious of these sources. Some may have them. Most don't. We do.
Here is what he said:
- BYU was contacted by the BigXII in regards to conference membership yesterday.
- BYU's intention is to align itself with both Texas and Notre Dame.
- Notre Dame, however, is the pre-eminent focus of BYU's future. If BYU feels it can be better aligned with Notre Dame outside of the Big12, the Cougars may balk at the invitation. (It goes without saying, that an ND acceptance of a Big12 invite would make the Cougars decision a no-brainer)
- BYU's wants to know Notre Dame's future plans. If these plans involve conference membership (whether Big Ten, Big East, or Big XII) the Cougars will be more willing to look more favorably toward accepting a Big 12 invitation. If they do not, and independence remains a long-term goal of the institution, BYU may find it better suited to remain an independent as well. BYU does not want to be the only non-Service Academy Independent.
- BYU wants a contractually stipulated agreement in place, guaranteeing Texas' commitment to the Big 12.
- BYU's decision to join the Big12 is not as cut-and-dry as most have reported. BYU has not tacitly accepted nor explicitly rejected an offer from the Big 12.
- BYU is very concerned about the repercussions of leaving the WCC high and dry. So much so, that unless proper care and consideration is taken by the Big12 regarding this issue, BYU may very well turn down an invitation to join the league. The WCC issue should not viewed in a vacuum. As an official representative of the LDS Church, BYU's role must be handled carefully. Church officials are worried about how a sudden move would affect Church credibility.
The situation is very, very fluid, of course. And by saying this, I am not implying that this information isn't credible, or merely another speculative piece. Our source has been dutifully accurate over the past two years on many an issue.