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Episode 122 – Recapping 2012 BYU Football Media Day

The quarterback job solely his, can Riley Nelson improve his passing efficiency for BYU in 2012? Photo: AP

Mitch Harper from Cougar Center talks BYU football

The quarterback job solely his, can Riley Nelson improve his passing efficiency for BYU in 2012? Photo: AP

Perhaps you missed it on Wednesday (I did), but BYU held their annual media day yesterday to kick off media day season around college football. Entering year number two as a football independent I was wondering what the vibe around the program was in 2012, as conference realignment has continued since BYU left the Mountain West Conference last summer.

TCU is joining the Big 12. So is West Virginia. Boise State is still mulling a departure for the Big East, in which San Diego State would join them. Texas A&M and Missouri are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. With all of these changes (and more in the works) you might be wondering just how long BYU will remain an independent. There had been some Big East rumors in the mix, and some continue to believe the Big 12 could be an option, but in truth I cannot answer this question.

To help get some insight on the state of the BYU football program I decided to call in an expert on the Cougars. So joining me on the podcast today is Mitch Harper, one of the hosts for the Cougar Center podcast. We discussed some of the news coming out of BYU’s media day as well as the future of the program in terms of realignment. Is BYU content with their situation? How important is the rivalry with Utah still, or is the focus shifting on one or two new rivalries? What value does ESPN continue to offer BYU, and can they return to national glory by following the path ESPN once opened for Boise State?

Oh, and we also discussed this year’s team and schedule a little bit. I feel we covered a lot of ground in about 25 minutes, so I hope you will feel the same way and enjoy.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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