BYU COUGARS

Transfer Portal, NIL Among Observations From BYU Football Media Day 2022

Jun 22, 2022, 8:36 PM

BYU Football Media Day 2022...

BYU Football Media Day 2022 (Courtesy of BYU Photo)

(Courtesy of BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – The BYU football program wrapped up their final media day of the independent era at the BYU broadcasting building.

The Big 12, transfer portal, recruiting, and NIL were hot topics as the Cougars prepare for fall camp.

Here are some my observations from a historic day in Provo.

1. NIL and the transfer Portal

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe didn’t mince words when discussing NIL and the transfer portal in the “State of the Program” interview to kick off media day.

He was critical of the lack of rules surrounding both aspects of college athletics.

Head Coach Kalani Sitake has built a program around what’s best for the individual, which is why NIL was embraced from the outset by BYU.

Things have quickly evolved with NIL, and the transfer portal, which makes college athletics more professional, and less amateur then it’s ever been.

There needs to be clear guidelines as to what is acceptable in both of those realms.

The current state of both NIL and the transfer portal is akin to the wild west.

It’s not sustainable at it’s current pace of “NIL collectives” and massive recruiting budgets to secure high school player commitments.

I believe NIL is a good thing, but I agree with Holmoe.

Right now, it’s completely out of hand.

2. BYU football team experience

There is a comfort level with the current state of the program, and the players on the team heading into 2022.

Offensive Aaron Roderick noted that there aren’t any offensive position battles heading into fall camp.

The Cougars replace 80 percent of their offensive production from 2021, and defensively they return 97 percent of their production.

It’s a remarkable statistic considering what BYU has to juggle with players coming and going on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Couple that with a returning quarterback in Jaren Hall who had a “great” debut season in the words of his offensive coordinator and you have a team with expectations to end the independent era on a high note.

That kind of returning production only comes around every so often, which is why the coaching staff feels pressure to maximize the opportunity.

Another 10 win season could lead to many players bolting for the NFL. That’s a good problem to have.

This coaching staff has proven they can win games with teams lacking experience.

Now, can they continue to win when expectations are high? That’s a challenge this staff is ready to embrace heading into the opener against South Florida.

3. Big 12 playing nine conference games

I’m not sure it was planned, but Holmoe revealed the Big 12’s plan for number of conference of games. 

When BYU joins the conference in 2023, the Big 12 will move to a nine game conference schedule.

I don’t like the decision.

Sure, it will make scheduling non-conference games easier, but I think it will make Big 12 appearances in the college football playoff few and far between.

Take the Pac-12 for example. They’ve only been represented in the CFP twice in eight years.

Notre Dame has appeared in the CFP as much as the Pac-12.

An extra conference game provides another opportunity for teams to get upset in conference.

Perhaps this is a short-term solution until Texas and Oklahoma leaves for the SEC.

Nobody knows for sure, but in the Cougars inaugural season, the Big 12 will play more conference games than ever before.

You can hear Matt Baiamonte every Saturday on KSL Newsradio for Cougar Sports Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or you can find him on Twitter here.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

justin sterner byu...

Brian Preece

Locals In MiLB: After Continuing Family Legacy At BYU, Justin Sterner Has Eyes On MLB

Carrying on the family legacy at BYU was always the goal for Justin Sterner; he didn't always know if baseball would get him there.

12 hours ago

daniel schneeman...

Brian Preece

Locals In MiLB: Former BYU Cougar Making Triple-A Case For Big League Promotion

Daniel Schneeman is on fire at the plate this season for last-place Columbus, putting himself in position to make his MLB debut this summer.

1 day ago

BYU Football, Sale Fano, Westlake High Commit...

Mitch Harper

Westlake Edge Rusher Sale Fano Commits To BYU Football

BYU picks up a commitment from a Westlake High School prospect.

4 days ago

caroline-longshore-feels-her-husbands-heart-in-former-utah-basketball-player-kenny-gardner...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Basketball Mourns Loss Of Kenny Gardner

The Runnin' Utes are mourning the loss of larger-than-life former player Kenny Gardner who passed away at the age of 75. 

5 days ago

BYU Football, Greatest Players, Ty Detmer...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football’s 100 Greatest Players Of All-Time: Nos. 1-25

The best of the best from BYU football.

6 days ago

BYU Basketball, Elijah Crawford...

Mitch Harper

BYU Basketball Lands Former Stanford Signee Elijah Crawford

BYU adds a four-star composite prospect to the 2024-25 roster.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Transfer Portal, NIL Among Observations From BYU Football Media Day 2022