The earthquake that is shaking up conference alignments in collegiate-level sports just delivered it s first aftershock -- it appears Brigham Young University is going to leave the Mountain West Conference.
What you should find especially interesting in the aforementioned story is BYU's plan to be independent in football but connected to the Western Athletic Conference in other sports. There is a definite comparison here to what Notre Dame has done for many years.
Can BYU pull it off? I don't see why not.
The football program has traditionally done well, and it is not at all uncommon to see the Cougars ranked in the Top 25. The rabid support the program enjoys ensures that the school ought to be able to negotiate favorable home-and-home football series contracts with other schools. It also will be positioned to line up a prominent national opponent on a somewhat consistent basis.
Underscoring all of this, of course, is that if the Cougars do indeed continue to post those winning seasons, there is always the chance of snagging a BCS-bowl berth and the fantastic amount of dollars that come with it. If BYU were to do that as an independent, then it would not have to share the revenue with any other school.