“His article is based on the knowledge that the program can’t sustain itself as an Indy,”
Yes,KC, and thus, my push, to do what it takes to prepare ourselves to be the ONLY choice, when the next P5 opening becomes available.
We do this, NOT by retreating back to a G5 conference, but instead, by preparing ourselves by scheduling ourselves, win or lose, with as many P5 teams each season as a P5 team from a P5 conference.
We were given this P5 independent opportunity largely because ND is an independent; Largely because the P5 conference teams, 55-60 of them, needed more available P5 teams to play outside of their own conferences.
We take advantage of this opportunity, by NOT returning to a G5 conference, (Mid Major), but by NOT scheduling anymore FCS teams, like the P5 teams from P5 conferences, since the post season 2014, can no longer schedule FCS teams.
We must Stop blaming other people or other situations for scheduling FCS teams.
“Just say No ! "
"and as we will continue to watch a G5 team play in New Years bowl game, something we are not eligible for.”
We are elgible, as an Independent if we have a 12-0 season. We are also elgible as a mid major if we win
the conference champions, getting past Boise State and Utah State, along with all the others that want that coveted bowl game.
"Boise State is the model program for non P5 teams, “
As an Independent, we are a P5 Independent team for the purpose of programing.
Boise State does not have this status even though their winning percentage against us is better.
Utah State does not have this status even though in recent history, they have beaten us.
As a mid major, G5, conference team, we would no longer have that P5 status. We would be no better than
Boise State or Utah State. We would just be ONE of the better mid major G5 teams.
As an Independent, we are considered better than the G5 mid major teams.
Remember, as an independent, our chances of getting selected as the next P5 conference team member, would be reduced to an equal member, at best, along with Conn, Cinn., Houston, Boise State, Utah State, SMU and a few other wantabees. As an independent, following the outline stated above, we would be the only logical choice.
"and they will play for championship if they keep it up.”
As long as we have teams like Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Florida or Florida State, Alabama, LSU, and about 20 other P5 teams, there is about the same chance for Boise State to get a NC as there is for us to get another one, or maybe about the same as Wyoming, New Mexico, UNLV has of getting one. (Zilch)
"That is all he is looking at, we need to get to Boise States level of a P5 invite doesn’t come.”
I like, and I respect, Brad. I do respectfully disagree with him on this issue. I do love reading his articles.
One does not get ahead by going backwards. One does not get respect by retreating. One does not get rewarded by taking the easy way out instead of earning the respect.
TCU earned the P5 status by winning BCS Bowl games. Utah earned the P5 status by winning BCS bowl games. Boise State won BCS bowl games. Houston and Hawaii got BCS Bowl games. We never got a BCS Bowl game, but we think it is not fair that P5 conferences don’t come running after us just because we are BYU. (Arrogance???)
Now, we think that we can go back to a mid major conference to make it easier on ourselves and still be the chosen ones, when a P5 opening becomes available. (More arrogance?)
When are we going to learn that we must earn our way into a P5 conference. Just having the name, BYU, and the history of 25-30 years ago, does not mean that today, we have earned the right. Having good facilities does not earn that right, Our declining home game attendance does not earn that right. We must act like a P5 team to earn that right.
Retreating and taking the easy way out is disgusting to me, and to many other fans that I know.
"I personally feel the P5 invite is on its way, and if we head back to the MWC we should make sure an exit clause for P5 is included or at least a low buyout.”
The tooth ferry is not real. It is a good story for children.
Santa Clause is not real. It is a good story for children.
Getting into a P5 conference without acting like a P5 conference team, is not real. It is a good story for children.
To be real, we must schedulie as many P5 teams each season as a P5 team in a P5 conference has to schedule.
We must schedule no more FCS teams like a P5 team from a P5 conference, since post 2014 season, can no longer schedule an FCS teams, is not real to schedule FCS teams and expect respect from the P5 conferences.
It is a good story to tell children, as a reason for failing and retreating, and taking the easy way out, but it is not real.
Instead, it is admitting that we are not as good as TCU. We are not as good as Utah Utes. We do not deserve to be in their leagues because we are not willing to work hard enough to get into their league. We want the title without earning it. This is not what BYU is. We are better than that.