Why can't BYU be happy in the MWC?
If the MWC is willing to work with them....then I don't really see what the problem is???
If BYU chooses not to join the MWC....then I would hope that they had a better alternative. If they don't have a better alternative....then, it is BYU that made the mistake. And why not let them pay the price for that?
No need to FORCE a different conference to accept BYU. When it is BYU that has dug this hole for themselves.
I think it depends on how to view it. BYU was partly said to be pushed out of the PAC conversation in the late 70's because the Arizona schools said they needed to be together. BYU, Utah, and New Mexico were the leading candidates for Big XII spots #11 and #12, to which Texas politics forced the conference to pull in Tech and Baylor. When it came time for "next in" considerations, BYU got overlooked by both again.
Yeah, they got greedy. They wanted more from the MWC and scrap the share, and they turned down AQ from the Big East. To some extent, what they're not getting from the MWC is only schedule stability and home games, while they looked wise never coming to the Big East/AAC table (they certainly saved money not doing that one). Personally, I think they don't like "The Hair," MWC's commissioner, as well as being on equal football and basketball ground with a few of those expected replacement MWC members.
BYU has a problem with late games on Saturday night. If they play one, and it gets delayed due to weather or goes into something like a 4th overtime, what do they do: just walk off the field while the game is still in progress so they can fly or bus home before 12:00AM Sunday morning? Networks want to present games at optimum times, and usually want the flexible time to feature certain games. And, it is the Olympic-type sports and baseball that sometimes get scheduled on Sundays often due to the convenience of an opponent engaged in extensive travel.
This is legit. Playing night games in Provo is one thing, but they're a real pain when it comes to night games in other conference members' venues. They sucked it up for television, but I don't think the LDS was happy about it. Over time, once the MWC formed and the coverage changed, BYU got to be a bit more selective in its scheduling. For football, it's one thing...but those ollies. It seems like BYU is totally fine structuring their institution to assist their student athletes...but a giant "screw you" to your conference-mates' kids. For a bus league, BYU's views and practices can be accommodated. In the bigger, national scene? The Cougars and LDS have some growing up to do (it's not like all Mormons don't work on Sundays).
But, still, I feel like BYU should already be in a major conference, and the spot I'm eying is TCU's. It's tough to swallow the bit of "there's nobody else to add value" when TCU's in, and the likes of BYU, Cincinnati, and even UConn are out.