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Chuck Neinas just demolished the BYU to Big 12 expansion narrative

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Piece of work lawyers? Clinging to BYUtv? I guess not.

Chuck Neinas accepting TCU's official acceptance into the Big 12 is still a touch painful to revisit.
Chuck Neinas accepting TCU's official acceptance into the Big 12 is still a touch painful to revisit.
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At the time and ever since the Big 12 added West Virginia and TCU, college football media and fans have had their theories about why BYU was not included in the conference's expansion. The saga was so long that it's difficult to revisit here, but many writers, bloggers, and tweeters seemed to have their sources.

What has emerged is a clear narrative from members of the media about why the Big 12 passed on BYU, and these points have been hashed and rehashed many times over in the years that have followed. Those include:

  • "Piece of work" BYU lawyers who wanted everything and would concede nothing
  • BYU's over-the-top allegiance to BYUtv
  • Sunday play
  • Fear of missionaries (okay, they didn't say that)

Tim Montemayor of 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake spoke with Chuck Neinas, who served as the Big 12's interim commissioner during those additions, and Neinas essentially erased the narrative.

Montemayor shared the message via his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon:

Neinas also reiterated the common sense expectations of what will happen surrounding the pending decision to allow the Big 12 to stage a championship game with 10 members:

I guess we'll all have to go back to the drawing board for new talking points about BYU and the Big 12.