Wednesday, August 18, 2010

BYU Exploring NCAA Polygamy.

I mean, they're pretty much the same thing, right?

According to an ESPN.com story, BYU is still in shock over Utah getting the Pac 10 nod over themselves and is now genuinely considering leaving the Mountain West Conference and taking its magic underwear to football independence, ala Notre Dame. The Cougars would then join the WAC is all other sports, which raises the question - if you're going to go all in on the whole multiple families thing, why not upgrade? And while my first instinct is to laugh heartily at their boldness, if this were to really happen, it's terrifying to think about what it could mean for TCU. Can Boise and TCU carry the entire conference on their own merit? Sure, Air Force would logically slip up into that #3 spot and, while you can argue the merits of having a service academy as one of your Conference's top dogs, losing BYU would be a MAJOR blow.

I choose to believe that BYU doesn't have the clout to sustain themselves as a football independent... but then again, what has Notre Dame done lately to sustain their overblown respect? But, unlike Notre Dame who has more or less established consistent football rivalries over their decades of independence, unless the Cougars were blacklisted altogether by the conference, they would likely end up playing a lot of Mountain West teams as well as teams from the WAC while trying to establish themselves... which doesn't really get them anywhere. So unless they know something that I don't - and it should be noted that I know everything about college football and lyle knows the rest - this may just be much ado about nothing.

But, seeing as how Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and BYU is their flagship University, it's not entirely outside the realm of possibility for this idea to really start gaining some traction and should definitely be a situation for us to monitor closely.

6 comments:

Spit Purple said...

They were dumb enough to believe Joseph Smith, so I guess it's not that far fetched that they would follow this path.

Lyle Lanley said...

No reason to panic here.

Worst case scenario...they leave. We've still got Boise coming in, and there would be a number of teams (Fresno, U of H, SMU) that would jump at the chance to take BYU's place.

I doubt they end up leaving, though. Independence may be lucrative, but it's not the path to football success. Look at how Notre Dame's consistently lost their luster over the past 20 years.

Then again, as one friend of Spitblood put it in an email this morning- maybe BYU knows something about TCU that we don't...

Angry Trey said...

They would be stupid to leave. How they think they could be the Notre Dame of the West is beyond me.

Middle Man said...

Fresno and Nevada have been contacted by the MWC according to Andy Katz and they said no. WAC had members sign a contract after Boise left.

Bumblebeetuna said...

BYU hate is now at an all time high

CounselorFrog said...

Wait, I dont like the ..... lanley. What is that supposed to infer?