Bronco Mendenhall's declaration that BYU "would love" to join the Big 12 was so out of the blue and out of character that it almost seemed fictional.
The Cougars' football coach is rarely available for interviews between early April and August, other than the school's Media Day in late June. Yet here he was making headlines even suggesting headlines, according to the report Thursday in a Texas newspaper, expressing BYU's case for Big 12 membership in a strikingly forward manner.
Naturally, Mendenhall's statement to the Austin American-Statesman relaunched a debate about whether BYU is worthy of a Big 12 invitation. That's not really the issue, because while BYU has much to offer, conferences can choose the schools they want. It's that simple.