BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe speaks at a press conference where the school announced it accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference in Provo on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. At right, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby joins via video conference. BYU recently participated in its first Big 12 meetings.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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BYU’s first official Big 12 meetings came and went in Irving, Texas, last week with a little bit of awkwardness and tension — thanks to the fact that departing members Texas and Oklahoma are still attending — but not much in the way of clarification on some key questions.

BYU president Kevin Worthen, athletic director Tom Holmoe, athletic faculty representative David Hart and senior woman administrator Liz Darger were among BYU’s representatives at the Four Seasons Resort in suburban Dallas.

Some fans hoped the Big 12 would come up with a model to adopt divisions and give an idea of how those divisions would look, but that didn’t happen. Nor was much said publicly about a new television contract. The league’s current television contract with Fox Sports and ESPN expires after the 2024-25 season.

Of course, not knowing for sure when Texas and Oklahoma will leave, or when the three American Athletic Conference schools — Cincinnati, UCF and Houston — will join, makes hammering out those issues extra difficult.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby did discuss how BYUtv could fit into the equation. Basically, he said, the BYU-owned television station that the Cougars use to televise more than 100 live sporting events a school year and a daily one-hour show called “BYU Sports Nation” will be utilized, but to what extent isn’t clear.

BYU also has its own contract with ESPN that will have to be rolled into the equation somehow.

“They have told us that they intend to defer to us,” Bowlsby said. “I think eventually we will roll their ESPN package into the Big 12 package. We haven’t had those discussions yet, but we will.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


BYU’s first Big 12 meetings were ‘awkward,’ mostly uneventful

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