In an attempt to be the Notre Dame of the west, Brigham Young is leaving the Mountain West Conference and taking its football program with it.
With big paydays and nationally televised games widening their eyes, BYU announced Tuesday it would leave the MWC in 2011-12 and join the West Coast Conference with one glaring exception. The school’s football team is going independent.
The move should increase BYU’s (43-9 over its last four seasons) exposure and bank account, but could complicate filling out a schedule every year. In addition to BYU holding a Wednesday news conference to explain its decision, here’s what else is going on in the world of sports (all times Eastern):
- FIBA World Basketball Championships: U.S. versus Iran (noon, ESPN)
After squeaking past Brazil with a 70-68 victory on Sunday, the U.S. is back in action today against an opponent as contrasting as the two countries’ political views. Kevin Durant led Team USA last time out with 27 points and 10 rebounds. SI.com is live blogging all the action.
- U.S. Open (11 a.m., Tennis Channel and 1 p.m., ESPN2)
Day 3 of the U.S. Open continues with a slew of big names taking the courts, including Ana Ivanovic, Venus Williams and Andy Roddick.
BY THE NUMBERS
Speed hit by Cincinnati Reds pitching phenom Aroldis Chapman’s fastball Tuesday in his MLB debut. The lefty made headlines throwing a fastball 105 miles per hour in a Triple-A game last week and was called up to the majors to boost the Reds as a relief pitcher down the stretch. SI.com’s Joe Lemire examines the move and others.
Roughly the amount the NFL fined Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers for bringing a loaded semiautomatic handgun to an airport in April.
Games reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram will miss due to a knee injury. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said the team’s star running back will sit out the season-opener this weekend and will be reevaluated next week.