The first season of Pac-12 play has been a struggle for the Utes.
It has been quite a successful decade for the Utah football program. The Utes have made a bowl game in every season except 2002 over the last 10 years, including undefeated seasons in 2004 and 2008. Under Urban Meyer and current coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah became the classic “BCS buster” as it challenged schools like Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Alabama in the postseason and won. But those were one-game scenarios, and life in a BCS league has been rough on the Utes.
Athlon Sports' Braden Gall had a chance to sit down with legendary BYU Cougars football coach LaVell Edwards. The famed offensive guru touched on the evolution of college football, the current NCAA landscape, his favorite memories and the future of BYU Cougar football.
Braden Gall: Talk about your involvement in the Legends Poll.
The Cougars just went Independent, but would be a great fit for the Big 12.
With the Pac-12’s decision not to expand and the Big 12 surviving for now, BYU will be a team in high demand. The Big 12 is currently at nine teams with Texas A&M’s departure to the SEC and the conference is expected to explore expansion to provide stability.
The Cougars are in their first season of football independence, but will that last? BYU should be target No. 1 for any Big 12 expansion and an invite to join for 2012 could be coming in the next couple of months.
With Texas A&M leaving, what teams can expect a call from the Big 12?
By Steven Lassan and Mitch Light
Texas A&M has announced its intentions to apply for membership in another conference, leaving the Big 12 with nine members at the start of the 2012 season. The conference is already looking into adding teams for next season, but the pool of candidates is thin.
In a time when conference membership is everything, BYU has declared its independence.
Last summer, when schools throughout the Big 12 Conference were wondering about their athletic futures as Texas and its cronies wondered whether it made sense to go West, the idea of football bachelorhood seemed ridiculous. Why would anybody want to go it alone, when strength was obviously to be gained by affiliating with the biggest, baddest programs around? After years of sensible groupings based on geography and reasonable travel, ages-old rules no longer applied.