Allegedly BYU Coach Bronco Mendenhall would welcome an invitation from the Big 12 Conference. BYU is entering its 4th year as an Independent after departing from the Mountain West Conference.
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall shared with the Austin American-Statesman that he’d (BYU) love to join the Big 12.
“We would love to be in the Big 12,” Mendenhall said. “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 explained his belief that BYU should be given equal weight as Notre Dame, technically a football independent but a school that is tying itself to the ACC. BYU’s athletic success, its worldwide fan base given its Mormon faith and the school’s television contact with ESPN make it an attractive addition to the Big 12.
“We have a chip on our shoulder,” Mendenhall said. “I could have given you that instead of the longer answer. I’m just wondering who fights for us as an independent?
Last time I checked the Big 12 conference was still at 10 members and in need of 2 more if it were to have a Conference championship game. BYU is legitimate and could hold its own in the Big 12 and would extend the Conference West once again (Colorado, now in the Pac-12). The Big 12 may seem content at the moment with 10 members but may entertain a similar deal the ACC have with Notre Dame. If they don’t receive an invite from the Big-12, they could either go back to the Mountain West or stay the course and hope its strength of schedule warrants a consideration for the Playoffs.