In an interview with Gordon Monson on the 1280 The Zone radio station in Salt Lake, BYU Athletic director denied several of the rumors that have been going around (including some discussed in my previous article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/710897-byu-football-to-play-wisconsin-nebraska-penn-st-usc-ucla-osu-az-st-syracu )
He spoke about where they are in scheduling as well as which teams are at the top of their scheduling priority list. There were also some comments about the possibility of the Cougars accepting a BCS conference invite.
Now, without further ado, here are his comments (or at least a selection of them).
"There's a lot of Internet rumors and they're mainly wrong. I don't read them but they are brought to my attention. Some of them are wildly wrong. However if there's enough people guessing ... some will be right."
"We have games scheduled out through 2020. We are close to three quarters of the way done scheduling all the way up through 2014. Right now we're focusing on 2016 and '17's schedules. Some seasons we may have 13 games [because of the Hawaii exception] but most of the time it will be the standard twelve game schedule."
"USC would be a great team for us to play. When you schedule them, you have a darn good feeling they'll be good. Teams like Florida, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State are the ones on top of our list. We have a priority list—kind of like a draft board—of what teams we'd prefer to play. Bronco [Mendenhall] helps me out with that too. He's opened up a lot more because we have 13 games to schedule ... not four."
"In a conference you can hide behind your schedule and we don't have that excuse anymore. One of the harder things is that we have some good teams on the schedule one year and I'm feeling good about it ... but it's hard to find balance."
"Some teams I talk to will want to do two for ones with us and that's not in our best interest. About four years ago Nebraska wanted to play us. We were ranked ahead of them the previous four years yet they still wanted to do two for ones because they bring in so much revenue. It's not arrogance ... just good business but [Mendenhall] and I aren't interested in that. However if its a top-5 or 6 team it may be in our best interest. This is just an example. We are currently not in discussions with Nebraska."
"In general we're not in discussions with anybody on expansion. There's always interesting things to talk about but there's nothing going on. We are committed to our long term agreement with ESPN and the WCC. We like the moves we made and where we're at. We think we can be able to accomplish the goals we set. If something were to change dramatically it might involve us. If so, we'd be crazy to bury our heads in the sand so my antenna is up but right now nothing is going on. It's very superficial."
It was nice to get some scheduling information straight from the source. I have been rather disappointed about not playing Nebraska.
One thing I did find interesting was that while Holmoe said the various BYU scheduling rumors going around were mostly wrong, the only school that was specifically denied was Nebraska.
While I'm sure that some of the other rumors I mentioned in my previous article will turn out to be false as well, I wouldn't be surprised if BYU was at least having talks with the majority of those schools.