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College football » Improper benefits probe and ACC-SEC snubs are a body blow for BYU.

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BYU has tried to connect with the Big 12, has looked for solutions to the complexities that separate them. That ground presently is difficult to plow. But short of that, or something like that, Cougar football will become -—and remain - a program far less significant than its fans once dreamed of it being, all those Heismans and Outlands and Davey O’Briens and Doak Walkers ago. ESPN could at some point lose interest in signing contracts and televising games that don’t carry any national heft.

The whole deal about BYU football being a missionary tool for the LDS Church doesn’t work nearly as well when a dwindling number of interested Cougar fans are the only ones watching. And for church leaders, who make up the school’s Board of Trustees, reading news reports about NCAA rules violations, having to explain why a football staff member is running rogue, might not fit their concept of why sponsoring football at a religious institution is a great idea.

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People are just people, though, even at BYU.

Some 30 years ago, when LaVell Edwards raised the national championship trophy skyward, he probably saw a different future for Cougar football. He saw a thousand miles of open road. Now, somewhere out there is a bruised, beat-up traveler and a distress call: Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

Who can help?

GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" with Spence Checketts weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.

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