Aug 31, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first half at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall: We’d love to be in the Big 12

Aside from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the BYU Cougars are probably the most well-known college football program that does not have a current conference affiliation.

With autonomy headed in the direction it currently is, however, there’s a chance that BYU could be shut out from some very lucrativ scheduling opportunities, unlike Notre Dame who at least has their partial football affiliation with the ACC.

Because of this, it would be a wise decision for the Cougars to look for an actual conference home some time in the near future, and head coach Bronco Mendenhall recently expressed the desire he has for his program to join up with the Big 12.

“We would love to be in the Big 12,” Mendenhall told the Austin American-Statesman. “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.”

Mendenhall also pointed out that, with college football being one of the biggest money businesses on the planet, their general market would bring a lot to the table.

“We have the entire Salt Lake City and Utah market as well as a worldwide following because of the church. There’d be a ton to offer the Big 12, because it’s a money-generated world right now. You’re talking about an amazing kind of brand.”

There’s no doubt that BYU could be in a bit of trouble with the way things look as if they’re headed. Would the Big 12 be the best fit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • unclejesse40

    With football the driving force behind adding a new school into the Big XII I personally think that BYU would be a great addition. They are a brand all their own and would bring in new revenue streams which would increase the tv contracts which bring in more money for the conference as a whole. I know the Big Ten had 11 teams for a while but I wonder what the backlash would be if the Big XII had 11 teams and all teams played each other just like they do with the current format. I love playing each team in football every year and each team home and away in basketball. I hear the screaming already that it would take away a non conference game away from each team. But the truth is, most the times those games suck and having another conference game to include in a TV package just makes it more valuable. I completely understand that 12 teams can’t play everyone every year (football) but I still think it is do-able with 11 and makes the Big XII conference just that much stronger. While it is nice to win a game against a bad school, the money and the higher rankings come from quality games on prime time, and I think BYU would add that. As a Kansas State fan, I am looking forward to the Auburn game this year way more than I looked forward to the U MASS game last year.