Sometimes news isn’t revealed in the most conventional manner, and sports can deliver its share of unconventional reveals.
Webmasters updating websites while preparing for changes has proven to be one of those unconventional methods. That’s how many on the Internet learned of the University of Missouri’s move to the Southeastern Conference in 2011.
BYU fans may have learned in the same manner that the football Cougars appear to be headed to Las Vegas for a bowl game.
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Screenshot of BYUtickets.com captured Dec. 1, 2015, showing the Las Vegas Bowl as an upcoming event for BYU football. No official announcement has been made by the bowl or school as to the participants of the bowl.
Prior to the 2015 season, independent BYU announced bowl game agreements with the Las Vegas and Hawaii Bowls. The Cougars could be selected by one of those bowls in 2015 and would then appear in the other in 2019.
Clicking through to the event on the tickets site gives visitors the message “There are no events or items on sale at this time.”
If website groundwork was prematurely laid for ticket sales to the Las Vegas Bowl, it would match what Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said earlier in the week. The Mountain West Conference also has a contract with the Las Vegas Bowl, but would be temporarily pushed out of the game this season if the bowl opts for BYU.
On a teleconference, Thompson said “I would say, without giving any inside information here on a Monday, that we will probably vacate Las Vegas this year.”
If the Vegas invite does come to fruition, BYU would play an opponent from the Pac-12 Conference -- possibly Cal, Utah or USC.
The Las Vegas Bowl is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 and will air on ABC. The Hawaii Bowl is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 and will air on ESPN.