BYU is...well...BYU the Morm(o)n College, and Utah is looked on as BYU Jr. In this case, as much as I think expanding makes sense if Big Ten and MWC do it. It ain't gonna happen... at least with these two.
University of Utah (Deseret) -- founded in 1850
Brigham Young University (Academy) -- 1875
BYU, if anything, is Utah Jr. Surprisingly, many of the top officials of the LDS church went to UU, whereas BYU has very few alumni in the main office. That may change in future years, but it's not so now. UU is the granddaddy of Utah state and church schools, being founded only 3 years after the settlement of the area.
Anyway, I'm just fine with them in the MWC for good. The Pac-10 is prestigious, but it ain't worth bending over and compromising to join. The MWC bunch likes (hates because we beat them in many sports ;)) us Utah schools just fine, and we're 2 of the top dogs. The Elevated 8 (soon to be 9) is the conference for us IMO.
Here are the BCS conferences we have to choose from:
think it would work if they were pursuing 2 more schools, the experts here think it's a culture clash. Just as much a clash as occurs everyday with the 100s of thousands of LDS or former Utahns who live in the Pac-10 states. (Some of the first anglo settlers in California were Mormons.) But I won't go through any more trouble defending it. If it happens, it happens. If not, big deal.
- Big 12 (North probably)
The Big 12 is the region we crossed the plains to get away
from 150 years ago. There was once an extermination order in Missouri. Still bad blood even now towards us in Big 12-North, especially in Missouri. Personally, I think the chances of this are slim.
- Big 10
Yep, I think this is the most likely candidate. Sure enough. We have history in Illinois, Ohio, and western New York -- too bad we're 1,000+ miles away. Seriously, this may be the best cultural fit besides the MWC. Maybe BYU should get a campus built in Nauvoo, Ill. again. (end sarcasm)
OK, looks like we're staying if the posters here are any reflection on Pac-10 higher-ups' views. I'm just fine with that. The MWC is on the rise.