With only a few track athletes left to compete at NCAA Outdoor Track Nationals, there is only one season separating Independence/WCC and the Big 12.
BYU Sports is one year away from being in the Big 12. That means one more football season, one more basketball season and one more baseball/softball season. Once that happens, BYU will officially be in the top tier of college sports.
The WCC has been great, at least until recently when they decided to give BYU the short end of every stick. Nonetheless, they have been a great league the last decade, and they certainly helped prepare BYU for the Big 12 in Olympic sports.
However, outside of a few very select opponents (Gonzaga W/M basketball, Santa Clara soccer, San Diego volleyball), for the most part just about every team on campus was expected to win just about every game.
That is all about to change.
Instead of having one Gonzaga, now there will be five Gonzaga’s (or more). Teams will no longer be able to emotionally get themselves up for one big game and hope to deliver, it will be a night in and night out expectation and reality.
So are the Cougars ready?
That depends on your definition. If the definition to make the postseason is answer, then yes many of the programs are. If you are looking at competing for Conference Championships, that is a whole other story.
For this article, the focus will be on making the postseason.