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BYU set to go the independent route in football?

A rumor has been slowly building over the past month or so amongst some out West that BYU was giving strong consideration to leaving the Mountain West Conference and making a go at it as a football independent.

Then this evening and well into the night, all conference hell is breaking loose yet again.

It started with Jeff Goodman of FOX, who tweeted earlier Tuesday that he’s “hearing from multiple sources there’s a strong possibility that BYU goes to the WAC in hoop and becomes independent in football.”

A couple of hours later, however, came by far the strongest indication that something might indeed be in the works.  According to our buddy, and citing a Salt Lake media source, BYU is seriously indeed considering a move to football independence.

As far as a timetable is concerned for any announcement if the school is indeed this far down the independent path, one source tells Brooks that it will take place no later than Sept. 1, while another indicated that a decision could come as early as Friday.

The MWC, Brooks reports, is well aware of BYU’s interest in leaving the league and “is feverishly pondering concessions to keep the Cougars.”  The conference has already lost Utah in the last two months; losing yet another staple of the league would be a significant blow to a conference that, with the addition of Boise State, seemed to be on the verge of grabbing an automatic BcS bid in just a couple of years.

With Utah and BYU gone?  That would likely be the death knell for that postseason development.

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  1. mwcconnection says: Aug 18, 2010 1:27 AM

    If you look carefully my tweet was posted before Jeff Goodman. Check the time stamps if you wish.
    My tweet

  2. bofarr says: Aug 18, 2010 3:55 AM

    That would get BYU more BCS money for sure! Riiiiiiiight.

  3. Slim Charles says: Aug 18, 2010 7:34 AM

    Mormon weirdos already have their own state, why not their own conference?

  4. Florida727 says: Aug 18, 2010 10:09 AM

    Slim, you’re an @$$. Them being mormon has nothing to do with it, so keep your stupid religious bias to yourself.
    More to the point: if they leave, what’s Boise’s incentive to stay? They’ll never get an automatic BCS bid then, would they?

  5. watchthisjack says: Aug 18, 2010 2:02 PM

    Move turned out to be a step down for Boise. All they have left is TCU.
    Need to combine best 12 teams from MWC and WAC in the worst way. It would be, top to bottom, a very competetive conference.

  6. Whitney64 says: Aug 19, 2010 12:52 AM

    Good move for BYU who could now negotiate with any number of networks. BYU was always an excellent draw on ESPN. However I wonder if NBC isn’t thinking about the advantages of having a brother program in the mix so that the network has a football game every week and several doubleheaders throughout the year. It is likely ND and BYU will align for FB and possibly preseason Basketball and what a great package of exciting football to compete with the other networks. BYU is NOT Notre dame, but in terms of who actually watches ND ball, BYU’s share is consistent with ND when the cougars appear on national TV. Like ND, many Catholics watch BYU because of the “game” consistently brought to the screen, just like many non-Catholics watch Notre Dame. I believe ND should encourage NBC to put a package together…it would be an nice gauntlet tossed into the face of all those three yard-cloud of dust Midwest and SEC programs. ESPN is also obviously a choice since their access to BCS quality programs is getting thinner and thinner with each new network that pops up.

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