Here in western Colorado there is a fairly large contingent of BYU fans. The local news/talk AM station covers their home games. The TV stations report on BYU related sports items. Even the local paper reports on their games. With all of this media coverage I hear various rumors and tidbits regarding the BYU football program. Among these has been that BYU home attendance numbers are down this season, and one of the reasons given is poor quality opponents. Among those eight home game opponents has been: UCF, Utah State, FCS Idaho State, the other Idaho, and New Mexico State. Only Utah and TCU were real quality opponents, and both games were losses.
I have heard that their TV network, which they so desperately want to control, isn't doing as great as they want to think it is. I hear fans left and right saying that they want to re-join a conference. Many would have preferred the Big12 but will take the Big East, especially with the inclusion of Boise and Air Force. Not only are fans in favor of giving up independence, but according to various media reports so does BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall and the BYU athletic director due to quality and late season scheduling issues.
Because of these reasons I think is still a chance that BYU will realize their mistake sometime before the end of the 2012/13 season and announce their intent to join the Big east for football in time to join for the 2013/14 season; which is okay since we wouldn't begin Big East play ourselves until then anyway. Since BYU is an independent they don't have conference exit clauses, so there is nothing stopping them from making such a decision literally at the last moment.
By that time the Big East will have five western teams: Boise State, SDSU, Air Force, SMU, Houston; and seven eastern teams; UConn, Rutgers, Louisville, Cincinnati, USF, UCF, and Navy.
If BYU does have a change of heart would the Big East take them, if for no other reason than to bolster its claim to AQ status? And if they did who would they invite to be the fourteenth school? Tulsa in the west? ECU in the east? Southern Miss in the south? Toledo in the north? Who would be the best choice? Personally I hope for Tulsa. An eighth western school would really help this whole nationwide conference deal; and their FB team is pretty decent as well.
What are your thoughts on this?