I still have yet to see a reliable source that puts the cougars in the lonely independent bracket. I know every 'news' organization ran with the story but the sources are fishy at best to me. I mean, the sources they listed were at USU and the WAC office, in theory they could have known something, but I'm more inclined to believe that BYU may have talked to the WAC as part of the due diligence of exploring thier options that Holmoe talked about them doing over a month ago. One thing seems certain as the smoke clears today, those 'sources' in the WAC office are likely losing their jobs this morning.
Ok, on to the reasons why BYU should stay.
1. Being independent is ridiculously difficult to manage. It's a constant scheduling difficulty trying to land enough decent teams that are willing to go home and home would be a full time job for several individuals and you'd still likely end up with a bunch of patsies looking to make a paycheck as opposed to powerhouse teams. If you'll get off your arrogant power trip you'll see that in fact you're not Notre Dame and you aren't going to get special treatment from teams wanting to schedule you, or from the BCS. You might make a bit more money, but you might also make less. This is at best a gamble and you know the church discourages gambling. ;)
2. At this point there is nowhere to land your non-revenue sports. The WAC is broken, and make no mistake if it does survive it will be a shadow of the conference it was a year ago. The WAC is no longer an option, period. That would mean your best bet would be the WCC. Which, lets face it, is a HUGE drop down from the MWC. It's essentially joining a conference with a bunch of junior colleges. BYU considering going to the WCC is like Florida considering joining the Sun Belt. It's ridiculous.
3. You're already accomplishing you're main goial of getting increased exposure. If the reports can believed about Craig Thompson's visit with Comcast can be trusted, they agreed that they wanted to get the Mountain into more markets. "Thompson spoke after returning from a meeting in Philadelphia with Comcast and CBS officials, who said they wanted the league and its television network -- The Mtn. -- to reach more markets." Read, "Oh noes we're going to lose our investment on this thing, we better work a bit harder so we don't lose out completely." Comcast/CBS does not want to lose BYU, like it or not BYU is one of the largest draws in the MWC where tv is concerned. Congratulations cougars, your posturing has actually helped the conference put itself in a better position. (maybe this is what BYU wanted all along who knows) Now move as a group to extend your advantage and restructure that awful deal. And while you're at it add Houston to the mix so that you can have a championship game. This new found position of strength should allow the MWC to increase it's monetary take from the TV deal as well as making more markets available to you. Another thing to consider is the possibility of using the broadcasting assets you've been bragging about as a bargaining chip in the improved deal. Everyone knows (now) that you have better facilities than Comcast/CBS, allow them to use them for certain games and charge them for it, get the best MWC games delivered in HD in an expanded footprint.
4. AQ status is a real possibility. I know it hurt to watch Utah leave. But try to put the emotions aside and look at this objectively. At the end of last fall the MWC was essentially ahead at half time in the 4 year evaluation cycle. The MWC is ranked 3rd in two of the three categories used to evaluate the conferences, and seventh in the other. Ranking ahead of both the Big East, ACC, and the Pac 10 in the two former. Losing Utah and gaining Boise is essentially a push. Adding Fresno and Nevada likely will strengthen you somewhat in the final category allowing you to be very close in all categories. Adding Houston probably wouldn't change much but it may also help a little in this area. Also, with BYU, TCU, BSU, Fresno, and Houston in the fold, the MWC would essentially have every school that has come close to busting the BCS except Hawaii and Utah. But please, no one talk about adding Hawaii, the prospect is just ridiculous and if you don't know why you're clearly not aware of the reasons the MWC was formed in the first place. Now, you've got the pieces, just be patient for 2 years. You'll have a great shot at AQ status, and if things are close apply for an exemption. The BCS will likely grant it in order to avoid massive negative exposure and possible involvement of congress if it looks like they're trying to shaft you in the process.
If you don't qualify for AQ, you can still consider independence then. Heck, if the MWC doesn't get in, I'll help you pack your bags. But don't screw this up for everyone just because you're impatient. Remember, patience is a virtue.