K, so I seem to be writing more and more about BYU here, guess they've just got more problems to write about this offseason. But moving on, apparently it's pretty much a done deal now with the Big12 expansion that BYU is out for sure, at least according to the following link:
If this guys sources end up proving true, than that means that BYU will have three options: trying to get into the ACC, trying to get into the Big East, or staying the course as an Indy.
For the ACC, I honestly don't see them taking BYU. I think they'll poach teams from the Big East such as Louisville, Cinci, or USF. BYU doesn't fit geographically and I think that the Sunday play issue will be a turn off to the ACC like it was to the Big 12.
Staying Indy, BYU is doomed the way things seem to be going with the playoffs. I won't repeat other discussion boards, just repeat the general consensus that any chance BYU has at a prominent future lies in a conference.
SO, that leaves them with the Big East. If I'm right and the ACC poaches a few of their teams, they will again be in the market for fresh blood. If the main problems can be sorted out, I honestly can see BYU getting an invitation. However, if you read the blog's other notes about the big four leaving the other conferences behind, this might only be a temporary cure to BYU's problem.
All that being said, I really am sad that BYU wasn't willing to give in to the Sunday play demands. From everything I've heard, that was the only thing keeping them from a deal with the Big12. I get where they're coming from, but I hope they're now willing to face and live with the consequences of their decision. As an out of state Utah student, I only am against BYU when the two play or when zoobs bash the Utes needlessly. So, with all the indications that BYU's program might be doomed to fade to either insignificance or non-existence, it is kind of sad.
On a more mercenary level, hopefully this gives Utah an even greater edge as the years go on with them taking more and more LDS athletes that were otherwise leaning towards BYU.
So, what do you think?