Peavler: Busting college football conference realignment myths surrounding BYU (9 items)
As college football fans wait for the beginning of the 2014 season, there's one thing that's kept many BYU fans captivated over the long offseason: Conference realignment rumors.
There are a lot of myths that have been floating around Twitter and on message boards all over the Internet. Some are true, but most are absolute junk. A lot of people have claimed some interesting things without anything at all to back them up.
We're going to bust some of those myths using documented quotes from named, credible sources at BYU and around other conferences. No unnamed sources from West Virginia need apply.
Here's some of the most prevalent rumors surrounding BYU and conference realignment:
Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.
1 of 9. BYU wants to join the Big 12
Bronco Mendenhall's comments to the Austin American-Statesman showed that yes, BYU wants in the Big 12.
“We would love to be in the Big 12,” Mendenhall said. “I would love to be a member of that conference. I think that would make a lot of sense. In fact, if that was your headline, that would be great.”
This was clearly a carefully orchestrated move on Mendenhall's part, and there's no doubt BYU administration is behind what Mendenhall said or he wouldn't have said it. Case closed.
2 of 9. BYU had an invitation from the Big 12 in 2010 or 2011 but turned it down
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe took to Twitter to debunk this myth.
A BYU fan using the Twitter handle @jmgcougman tweeted this at Holmoe in May of this year: "Latest Big 12 rumor: Y snubbed in '10 & '11 due to demands that @byutv get occasional 2nd Tier rights & multiple game guarantee. @TomHolmoe."
Holmoe responded: "@jmgcougman @byutv Not true at all. Quit spreading rumors!"
That statement should kill that rumor once and for all. It didn't happen.
3 of 9. BYU has been in talks with the Big 12 this year
Well, West Virginia's own athletic director busted this one.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy talked to both West Virginia's Oliver Luck and Kansas State athletic director John Currie about BYU: "Expansion is one thing we're not talking about," Luck told McMurphy.
Let this be a lesson to anyone about Twitter rumors: If a person on Twitter posts things without using his name and his/her information depends on unnamed sources, ignore it.
4 of 9. The Big 12 is going to expand in the near future
First, the ACC has submitted legislation to the NCAA that would remove rules requiring conferences to have 12 teams in order to have a conference championship game. This affects the Big 12 as it has only 10 members.
While there's no indication that the Big 12 would add a conference championship game with just 10 members, this decision will certainly factor in to any decision to expand or not. There's less incentive for the conference to add teams if it can have a conference championship game while standing pat.
The NCAA will take up this issue this August.
Also, there's the bigger proposal of giving autonomy to the so-called "Power 5" conferences.
The Big 12 isn't going to make any sort of move until these issues are settled, and why should it? While it's certainly possible that the Big 12 will expand at some point, Big 12 expansion isn't as imminent as some have claimed.
5 of 9. BYU will rejoin the Mountain West at some point
While Mandel doesn't outright say it, his words imply that BYU would be better off in the MWC. He's hardly alone as many others from both inside and outside of the BYU fan base have expressed the same thought.
Well, there's no better person outside of the BYU administration to address this rumor than the Voice of the Cougars himself: KSL's Greg Wrubell.
Here's two key tweets from Wrubell on this very subject. First: "Certain observers are missing the mark on two particular points, re: BYU football. 1) Scheduling is not the issue. 2) MWC is not an option."
And the second: "Those arguing for MWC return require more insight re: BYU history, current assets and future intentions. There's no going back."
Short of getting a statement straight from BYU's athletic director, this is as definitive as it gets.