BYU AD Tom Holmoe shares his fondness for the Big 12 football divisions

PROVO, Utah – BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe has been busy for the past nine months. Since he received the coveted invitation to the Big 12 conference, many tasks have been on his agenda.

Ditto for the Big 12. One of the most important pre-Big 12 tasks is creating game schedules and the structure of Big 12 football. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said earlier this year that October was a potential target date for the 2023 football plan. So time is pressing.

Yesterday on BYU football media day, Holmoe said the Big 12 would go ahead with nine conference games. That has long been the expectation, but splits or no splits are still up for debate.

BYU will join the Big 12 on July 1, 2023

Along with BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF will attend the Power Conference on July 1, 2023. These additions will bring membership to a total of 14 universities.

Early in the process, the idea of ​​the Big 12 returning to the divisions β€” something they had from 1996 to 2010 β€” seemed like a slam dunk. But last month, the NCAA passed legislation dropping the requirement for divisional conferences to hold a conference championship game. (Big 12 has received a waiver for its title game since 2017.) That paves the way for the Big 12 to continue operating without divisions if they so choose.

Tom Holmoe Says No to Big 12 Football Divisions

With divisions no longer required, will the Big 12 stick with a no-division model in football?

Holmoe was at SicEm365 Radio in Waco, Texas to discuss this topic.

“For someone who hasn’t attended a conference in a number of years, but has watched and seen what the Big 12 and the various conferences have been doing to their departments — or not the Big 12 — I think it does best is [to not have divisions]’ Holmoe told SicEm365 radio. “And I’m looking now and I see a number of other conferences are going on without divisions. I think it’s in the personal interest of the Big 12 not to have divisions.”

The tricky part in all of this is where things stand with Texas and Oklahoma. Administrators and athletic directors during the Big 12 spring meetings appeared to be working under the premise that the Horns and Sooners will remain in the Big 12 through June 30, 2025.

Holmoe continued: “If we do this, we can learn something from not having departments that would change in the future. But I think for the future, especially since we’re going to have Oklahoma and Texas in the near future and then you’re going to change the number of teams. Would that change departments? I think it’s a lot easier and I think not having divisions will be better in the long run.”

Mitch Harper is a BYU insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE TO) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12pm-3pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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