The Bishin Cutter wrote:
With BYU and the B12, this squabble is about identity. TX and OU want a compliant "underling." BYU will not (and should not) conform. If the B12 can't sink the put on BYU this time, they never will as a conference with this configuration.
I'm back to defend my alma mater...for the nth time. I don't understand how an internal disagreement between the Big 12 members on whether or not to expand to 11 or 12 and divide the revenue pie so to speak (which is not a TX/OU problem, they gave up more money by adopting equal revenue sharing than anyone else will give up by adding another member or two) and whether or not to restart the CCG (which TX and OU are against since they play in it the most but schools like ISU/BU want since it means more money and will rarely impact them) and how to do the divisions (the TX/OK schools especially UT/OU want to stay together but everyone else wants them split up) and who's the best choice for 11 (Lville or BYU) or 12 (the other one, Cinncy to go with Lville/WVU in the Eastern wing, or a Western/TX school like Boise/Houston to make divisions easy with BYU) is TX and OU wanting another "underling". That's 2 votes out of 10 which can't block anything, TCU was added to the conference with a unanimous official vote, but according to "my guy" Chip Brown the unofficial vote which need 3/4th majority was exactly 3/4ths with TX and BU voting no.
BYU to the Big 12 is extremely complex, they want/wanted a ton of leeway with the TV rights including rebroadcast rights of all BYU games (home and away) and the no sports on Sundays thing is still a big issue (Big 12 Championships track/swim/baseball/basketball/tennis/golf take place over 2-3 days and often fall on Fri Sat AND Sun) and that doesn't even mention the fact that travel cost will go up for everyone since they are not close to any current conference members and the Big 12 just added West Virginia who is on the complete other side of the country.
IF the Big 12 decides to expand to 11/12 and that the no sports on Sundays thing isn't a deal breaker, and BYU takes the same TV deal that the LHN, OU Regional, and KU basketball deal gets, then it still wouldn't be a slam dunk/no brainer that BYU is the best candidate for the Big 12.
I get the whole heavy is the crown thing but sometimes the mindless TX bashing is so uncalled for.
I agree with you in regards to the original post being a BYU related post. BYU passed on the Big 12, not due to any Big 12 issues, but because they wanted to have full control over their finances. Sure, the Big 12 money might be better, but one can't blame BYU for wanting to stick to the indy plan for at least a few years to see how it works out. With the agreements on Tier 3 broadcast rights, maybe BYU would be more comfortable now, able to use BYU TV for themselves.
At this point, BYU will just have to wait it out to see what the final plan is for the BCS. If it goes to a 6 school +1 with Rose (B10 vs P12), SEC vs opponent, ACC or B12 vs opponent...then it's a different game. At this point, based on the membership losses, I'm still thinking that the Power 5 will find a way to push the Big East out, since without Pitt, Syracuse and WVU, the Big East is now comprised of almost entirely CUSA schools, 2 MWC schools, 1 MAC school, 1 FCS upgrade in Uconn and only ONE former BCS level school, Rutgers, who just lost the coach got the program out of it's longtime spot as worst in the Big East (excluding Temple who was kicked out).
If that's the case, and they go with the 6 school, 3 game model with the top 2 playing, BYU will always be left out. Always. They'd have to be undefeated to buck that trend. But if they join the Big 12 with Louisville, and you have Oklahoma and Texas split in different divisions, BYU can make the Big 12 title game with a win sending them to the +1 first rounds. Best part is, it doesn't have to be sexy: they could have 2 losses but win the division, beat Texas in the B12 championship, and they MIGHT advance to the FBS Championship Game (+1) if the balls bounce the right way. In a 0-1 loss year, they'd be a near lock to make that final.
It's not THAT much different than things are now, but it is a minor boost to their chances.
On the other side, if the Big East is included, which seems unlikely, since it means not a single 2nd school from the SEC or Big Ten, who tend to get 2 BCS bids now some years, then BYU could slot into that conference.
On paper, it still makes sense: Big 12 adds UL in the east, BYU in the west.
But it's not Texas' fault BYU passed on the Big 12. Pretty shocking when you think of it, where any CUSA, MWC, WAc, SB, MAC, Big East school would join the Big 12 in a second, yet BYU passed.