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08:25 AM ET 11.16 | Cue the record for another round of conference musical chairs. For weeks, there have been discussions between BYU and the Big East Conference about the Cougars possibly dropping their independent status in football to join that league. It appears those talks are getting more serious. BYU has been invited to join the Big East as a football-only member, but, for now, BYU has not accepted the invitation, according to a Washington, D.C. columnist. ... [The Washington Examiner] has talked to numerous sources on the East Coast that have told him that an invitation has been extended and that BYU officials are in favor of a move to the Big East.

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November 16, 2011  08:52 AM ET
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But why?

Play in the big league in the money sport I guess. We all know only Kentucky and UNC make money in basketball so I guess they figure they might as well have easier competition if they aren't going to make anything.

November 16, 2011  08:56 AM ET
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no idea other than maybe travel? Keeps them on the west coast for everything but football.

That and they like the number of religious schools who accommodate scheduling.

November 16, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Beebe & Neinas should have offered BYU when they had the chance(s). Methinks once aTm and Mizzou leave it will happen 'cause there will be 2 less teams to whine about BYU's TV network.

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November 16, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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I thought there were problems with Fox and the BYU TV situation. ESPN is cool with it. also thought Big Mouth Boren didn't want BYU.

yeah, Boren be pissed that BYU got a better deal than what ou was offered

November 16, 2011  09:05 AM ET
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I thought there were problems with Fox and the BYU TV situation. ESPN is cool with it. also thought Big Mouth Boren didn't want BYU.

Notice how, suddenly, lots of B12 games are on FX this season? Isn't it strange what a little competition, and loss of inventory, will do to a corporate success formula.

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November 16, 2011  09:19 AM ET

Looks like the Big East is heating up this East/West division thing. So far it would be SMU, Houston, BYU, Boise St. and Air Force in the West. Are they going to get another team or try to stick someone like Cincinnati out there with them?

November 16, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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I think it should be "all or nothing" proposition. Same for independents. If it's good enuff for the football team it should be good enuff for the rest of the school's sports too.That's MY blather for this morning... heh heh

Yeah, the problem for the Big East is they have so many other schools that play other sports, but not football. Villanova, Marquette, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Seton Hall, DePaul, etc. I think they want to cap the basketball conference at 16 members which means only adding 3 members in all sports at this point (maybe a 4th if Louisville ends up leaving).

November 16, 2011  09:29 AM ET

I think Hawaii needs to join the Big East, just to completely point out the absurdity that is going on in college sports night now.

November 16, 2011  09:29 AM ET
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Yeah, the problem for the Big East is they have so many other schools that play other sports, but not football. Villanova, Marquette, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Seton Hall, DePaul, etc. I think they want to cap the basketball conference at 16 members which means only adding 3 members in all sports at this point (maybe a 4th if Louisville ends up leaving).

One-and-done players and the emergence of college football as the #1 growth market has hurt the Big East's business model.

November 16, 2011  09:34 AM ET
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Looks like the Big East is heating up this East/West division thing.

Their division names will be Tupac and Biggie.

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November 16, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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Play in the big league in the money sport I guess. We all know only Kentucky and UNC make money in basketball so I guess they figure they might as well have easier competition if they aren't going to make anything.

Check that, Kentucky Football makes twice as much as basketball. Sounds strange I know, but that football is the engine that drives revenue.

 
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