I'm high on Utah as well for the reasons you state. I think building a conference with a huge in-state rivalry in a fast growing state that has good programs with rabid fans is a great thing.BYU is a larger school with a potentially larger fanbase than OU (and Utah). The state population is similar too. Utah is fastest growing state (although it faces a unique possible impending ecological disaster).
If they'd have been in a major conference with a major TV deal for years I think they'd be a powerhouse in terms of ratings draw.
Love 'em or hate 'em Texas is Texas and tough to replace. But I genuinely think BYU/OU could easily end up being a push (or an upgrade) so it's more talking about adding Houston/Cincy/UCF combined to replace Texas in terms of comparison.
If we all ignore that Texas football has sucked getting beat regularly by KU and blown off the field against Iowa State....and this is about TV/streaming viewership...we can't also give Oklahoma all these points for regularly making the CFP. If OU had been in the MWC/WAC for decades and BYU had been in the Big 8/Big 12 would they really have that different of a brand?
The presidential search at NW started in April 2021. They named Blank the president in October 2021, but she stepped down in July 2022 before filling the role. I'd be willing to bet the Oregon guy was a candidate they were interviewing and considering in spring/summer of 2021, if that's the case it wouldn't have had anything to do with conference realignment.Read the tea leaves and decided his future prospects would be better in another conference?
Not to venture into politics but what is the SLC issue? Water? No plans move there so I don’t pay attention.I'm high on Utah as well for the reasons you state. I think building a conference with a huge in-state rivalry in a fast growing state that has good programs with rabid fans is a great thing.
As for the future, when the SLC area has to be abandoned, Phoenix runs out of water, Texas secedes and most of the ACC and PAC schools are underwater, I'm fully expecting ISU's enrollment to jump to like 150,000. That's a lot of eyeballs. Big 10 should be playing the long game here and add ISU immediately.
Yeah, if you are a university president, going from NW to Oregon is like being a football coach and going from Rutgers to Ohio State. They could say Oregon is going to the big 10 and NW is shutting down sports, and it isn't making one ounce of difference. You're making that jump as a university pres.Wouldn't think a President would care too much about Conference affiliation, but I could be completely wrong.
Absolutely fantastic analysis and article. Again, some of the sports media lose credibility with me. News is dead, everything is now an opinion piece with a narrative.Another amazing data driven article by the 365 website. The data dismantles John Wilner's latest puff piece. Just more proof he's just a Pac-10 shell.
When realignment comes around, fans run to TV ratings as television value are the motor behind much of the saga that has been on-going for seemingly forever. These comparisons usually end up very flawed for a number of reasons.sicem365.com
How in the hell does this happen? At some point maybe one of these schools decides not to catch what seems to be a falling knife.
Northwestern pays triple what Oregon does for University president. I hate Chicago, but if you triple my salary. I'm gone tomorrow