Is there anything sadder than unrequited love? For years, we’ve heard complaints and moans from the BYU Cougars about a schedule contract with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. There was a six-game contract signed before 2011 which allowed the Irish to play two of those games in Provo. That’s obviously not going to happen now, and BYU faithful are still trying to face reality.
So… I think we can just go ahead and kick reality out of the conversation here because Mr. McCann doesn’t live there.
He’s right, however, Notre Dame is not BYU’s friend. BYU fans have an inflated sense of the value of their football program, and their move to independence is proof of that. While selling the move to fans and the media, just about every other word that came out of their mouths was “Notre Dame.” They were going to be Our Lady of the West or some weird shit like that.
But they’re not — and never could be — and their future move to the Big 12 only amplifies that fact. It was too difficult because there is simply no interest nationally. While BYU can tap into its LDS membership, no one hates them as much as they hate Notre Dame for having any real relevance as a high-profile independent program. The fact that they are counting on the help of Our Lady as a friend or – mother of God – as a big brother is simply incredibly naive and stupid. Before the contract they are hugging so dearly arrived, the two schools had a grand total of 6 games played between them.
McCann goes on to further fan the flames of Cougar passions that the Irish must be afraid to travel to Provo to play a game because of the loss in 2004. Fear – to play BYU. Yeah, they must be scared of BYU as they sign home and away deals with the Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas A&M Aggies, Ohio State Buckeyes and other – you know – real cream puffs in the sport of college football.
To be perfectly honest, if I was a BYU fan, I’d be pretty pissed at Notre Dame, too, for breaking the deal – but I wouldn’t start acting like a little baby to desperately try to be seen as a little brother. It’s just pathetic. It’s bad enough that Notre Dame has a wookie life debt with the Navy. They are not in the market for another stage 5 clinger.
BYU wants to be in the big boy conversation but is acting like a child trying to make it happen. The main reason the ND/BYU contract won’t be tracked through and through is the conference realignment that began in 2010 and continues to this day. Everywhere, schedules and contracts have torn apart as the sport has evolved over the past decade.
And if you really think about it (and it really shouldn’t be that hard), BYU has finally worked its way up the power structure with its acceptance into the Big 12. It’s the perfect place to find Cougar friends. You can’t have the “do you want to be my big brother?” freelancer mentality – it’s just silly.