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.