Post Script: Big 12 May Alter WCC Landscape
One additional change facing the West Coast Conference is the potential loss of BYU. According to an article published yesterday in Sports Illustrated: Campus Crush, BYU, an independent football power and WCC member in all other sports, is the first choice of the Big 12 for expansion. Currently sitting with 10 football teams, the Big 12 needs two more football teams to create two divisions and a conference championship. The other two schools being considered are Cincinnati and Colorado State. As for BYU, the article states, "BYU has an increased desire to join the league (Big 12) because of the yawning perception gap between the Power Five (football schools) and everyone else. BYU realizes it won't be treated like Notre Dame as an independent, so this seems like the most logical move for both sides."
Furthermore, this change is being accelerated by a Big Ten proposal which is currently in front of the NCAA. The amendment states that a conference championship game must be played between the winners of two divisions - meaning the Big 12 must hold a title game between their division winners to qualify for the NCAA football playoffs.
BYU could elect to join the Big 12 in only football or may decide to move their entire athletic program to the Big 12. If that occurred, the WCC would fall to nine members. BYU is clearly the most ill-fitted member of the West Coast Conference so DU just might make an ideal replacement.