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What BYU should worry about as an independent

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08:33 AM ET 08.19 | Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk didn't want to impugn BYU's ability to go it alone, but he did have a take on a school's ability to do so generally. "Conferences dominate so much of what is critical to Division I," Gladchuk said. ... Citing a lack of knowledge about the details of BYU's discussions, Gladchuk declined to speculate about the Cougars' plans. But off experience, which also includes stints at Houston, Boston College and Tulane, he listed television, scheduling and bowl agreements as BYU's main issues if it elects to go independent. ... "You have to have some national sizzle," Gladchuk said. "You have to be unique in some way with how you appeal to people. And you have to have personal relationships with (conference) commissioners and athletic directors and in television to get the things you need."

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August 19, 2010  08:55 AM ET

Number 4!

August 19, 2010  08:56 AM ET

And leaving the MWC on a winning note is important too. Hard to see them ahead of TCU or Utah this year. Ditto for BSU and TCU next year. If they could not crack the BCS in the best non-AQ conference what makes them think they will be able to pull it off by themselves?

August 19, 2010  09:09 AM ET

I'm curious how this is going to play out. If BYU, Utah, TCU all joined the same conference, they would get their automatic bid. They all are going different directions, though.

August 19, 2010  09:10 AM ET

What does it do to Boise State that the top teams from the MWC are leaving and being replaced by Nevada and Fresno State? Boise State just switched to the MWC, right?

August 19, 2010  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What does it do to Boise State that the top teams from the MWC are leaving and being replaced by Nevada and Fresno State? Boise State just switched to the MWC, right?

MWC fast becoming WAC II

August 19, 2010  09:29 AM ET

Yep, TV, scheduling and bowl agreements are critical issues -- but don't forget you need to be winning 90+% of those games. Not so certain that is what will be happening, but we'll see.

August 19, 2010  09:29 AM ET

[i]"What BYU should worry about as an independent"[i/]

everything

August 19, 2010  09:30 AM ET

Just imagine italics

August 19, 2010  09:32 AM ET

are they going independant in all sports or just in football?

August 19, 2010  09:32 AM ET

Oh just agree to play ball on the Lords day and it will all workout.

August 19, 2010  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

are they going independant in all sports or just in football?

I read they are going independent in just football and back to the WAC for every other sport.

August 19, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Just imagine italics

I'm glad on not the only one that screws up that sort of stuff

August 19, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

MWC fast becoming WAC II

Exactly. So Boise State's promotion to the MWC just turned into a lateral move.

August 19, 2010  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Oh just agree to play ball on the Lords day and it will all workout.



dude

August 19, 2010  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Just imagine italics

{eyes shut} Ohhhhh...italics.....ohhhhh

August 19, 2010  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

dude

I don't roll on Shabbos!

August 19, 2010  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yep, TV, scheduling and bowl agreements are critical issues -- but don't forget you need to be winning 90+% of those games. Not so certain that is what will be happening, but we'll see.

They already have their own TV network (although I don't know in how many homes) but they better win. If this fails they could be left in the cold for the next conf shuffle.

August 19, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What does it do to Boise State that the top teams from the MWC are leaving and being replaced by Nevada and Fresno State? Boise State just switched to the MWC, right?

I'm wondering if half of the reason the schools (other than Boise State) left the WAC to join the MWC is expense.

In other words -- they don't have to go to Hawai'i to play a lot of games, especially in non-revenue sports.

August 19, 2010  10:15 AM ET

The way it looks is BYU should stay in the MWC and let that conf potentially earn a BCS berth. They already have their own tv network (which is one up on most top schools), and they are potentially gaining better competition in BSU, FSU, and UN.

 
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