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"There was actually a little bit of talk about that," Holmoe said. "But I don't think it is upon us right now. There would have to be a lot of things that would have to occur in order for that to happen. .... I don't think I learned anything more about that particular topic, other than it is floating out there."

Holmoe reiterated that a positive aspect of independence is that BYU wouldn't have to pay an exit fee of any kind to slide into that so-called Division 4 (Dodd said it won't necessarily be called that, figuring a major corporation such as Nike will buy the naming rights).

"I fully understand where our fan base would like us to be," he said in late May. "To say what is possible today, coming up on the first of June. I am going to tell you that things will change in the next month or two. Things will change that will not rock the world, but will change our ideas about how we plan for the future. You can't really have a five-year plan as a college athletic director. You can have one, but it better be flexible, because things are going to change."

In his address Monday, Bowlsby seconded an opinion that Alabama coach Nick Saban threw out last week at the SEC meetings, that the day could come where top-five BCS conference schools might choose to only play games amongst themselves in the future, and not play teams from the Mountain West, Sun Belt, Conference USA, MAC or American conferences.

The last major shakeup of college football divisions came in 1978, when Division I-AA was created for schools such as Weber State. It it now known as the Football Championship Subdivision and has its own playoff. ACC commissioner John Swafford said last week that the new division could be formed within six months.

One of the major desires of the Big Five schools is that they want to be able to pay players, something that schools in non-BCS conferences have traditionally voted down.


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So should Holmoe and football coach Bronco Mendenhall start the campaign now to ensure BYU is included in Division 4? Holmoe hinted that it is already happening, behind the scenes, but in subtle ways.

"I think that selling yourself -- no one likes to see someone out there selling themselves all the time," Holmoe said. "In some instances, I have seen [schools] that put themselves out there publicly, and then get denied. It doesn't look good. And so I think the best course for us is to have the discussions, to monitor the future, and have these discussions off-line. And they know exactly what we want, and what our desires are. So to put that out there publicly is not the right course."



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