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.