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Conference realignment era might not be over, Holmoe says

First Published Feb 27 2014 10:45AM      Last Updated Feb 27 2014 10:45 am

When BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe has held his annual or semi-annual roundtable discussions with reporters in past years, conference realignment and BYU’s place in the ever-shifting college sports landscape was a major portion of the Q&A session.

Not so this year.

Only one question regarding conference realignment was asked of Holmoe, as BYU’s position as a football independent and a member of the West Coast Conference in most other sports seems quite stable right now, and for the foreseeable future.

However, while acknowledging that conference realignment "has quieted down," Holmoe said he doesn’t believe it is over. He believes conferences such as the Big 12 that don’t have football championship games because they don’t have enough members to stage one will eventually be forced to go that route by other conferences.

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p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> "I am pretty sure that in the next years, whatever it is, just because of the way some of the conferences stand right now, and knowing that you are going into this college football playoff, they are going to have some equality in the way things go. I mean, everybody is going to have to have a championship game. And people are going to have to feel like they have an equal chance to get in and be ranked, and schedule. So I think in the next little while things will change. It will be interesting to see how it goes," Holmoe said. "But I am not going to speculate on some of the governance and whether or not there are going to be five big [conferences] that pull away in football or other sports. Those things will dictate how quickly or how long it takes for conference realignment to maybe kick in.

And it would seem to me that if it went that way, that that would probably be the final time."

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East Carolina announced on its website today that it will play football at BYU in 2015. That’s a surprise, because when they agreed to a two-game series back in January of 2012, the schools said they would play in 2017 (at ECU) and in 2018 (in Provo).

No date for the 2015 game in Provo was listed in the release, but it will presumably be in October, which is when the Cougars have openings.

Here’s how the 2015 BYU football schedule looks now. (I put ECU in at Sept. 19, which is just a guess at this point).

BYU’s 2015 Football Schedule

Sept. 5 — at Nebraska

Sept. 12 — Boise State

 

 

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