When Texas ventures out for its first road trip of the football season, the Longhorns will head to the base of the Wasatch Mountains. They might as well be going to an island because that’s where Brigham Young precariously sits in the current college landscape.
And it’s a remote island at that.
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Yes or no to BYU?
The pros and cons tied to adding BYU to your exisiting conference, as Kirk Bohls sees them:
- National-profile school, with its own television network that reaches 53 million homes.
- Solid football program that’s been to eight straight bowls and won a national title in 1984.
- Successful basketball program that ranks 17th all-time nationally in wins.
- Tops University of Utah in television ratings for basketball and football games.
- Flagship university of Mormon Church, which has more than 6 million members in the U.S., according to BYU officials.
- Religious affiliation with LDS Church, which stresses a conservative philosophy.
- BYU doesn’t permit athletic competition on Sundays.
- School’s athletes can be older because many serve two-year missions.
- Remote location in Provo, Utah.
15-TEXAS AT BYU
6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2, 1300, 98.1