Takeaway from Tom Holmoe’s state of the program

PROVO, Utah – When BYU Football Media Day arrives, one of the notable events is the “Program Status” address. It’s an opportunity for BYU Athletic Director Tom Holme to reach out to the media, fans, and watchers of the big picture plots.

Here are some things we learned from Holmoe’s program status comments broadcast on BYUtv.

Nine Big 12 Conference Games in 2023

BYU AD Tom Holmoe said there would be nine conference games in BYU’s first season in the Big 12 Conference. This will leave BYU three non-conference games. The Cougars already have two games scheduled in southern Utah and Arkansas.

Earlier this month at the Big 12 Spring Business Meetings, Holmoe told KSL Sports that adding a third non-conference game wasn’t a concern for him. He shared similar sentiments during his speech on the state of the program.

“It will fit the schedule well.”

Big 12 Hello?

2022: the toughest BYU football schedule ever?

BYU football will play its final schedule as the FBS Independent. The list includes five games against Power Five opponents.

“I think once you start the season, see if you can stay healthy. … It’s about a week before you can really see what you’re going to get, ”said Holmoe.

The latest news on BYU-Notre Dame tickets

When asked if he had a ticket status update for the BYU-Notre Dame game in Las Vegas on October 8, Holmoe had no new information.

He confirmed that the Sin City tilt would be a Notre Dame home game as part of their “Shamrock Series” on KSL 5 TV.

Situation of the bowl in 2022

BYU isn’t an anchor for a specific game in their latest Independence season. However, ESPN will include BYU in one of their ESPN Events contract games.

Holmoe said he and Deputy CEO Brian Santiago had a conversation with ESPN on Tuesday about the upcoming post-season situation.


Asked if Name, Image and Likeness are “out of the way”, Holmoe said, “Yes”. Holmoe also noted that college sports may need government help.

The 17-year-old CEO also added that the NIL is an excellent thing for college athletes, but it took a different turn since BYU announced its deal with Built Bar last August.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturdays from 12:00 to 15:00) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.


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