BYU: In Big 12 or out of sports biz?

Norma Carr, retiring athletics director at Salt Lake Community College has never been one to mince words.

If she had, she wouldn’t have been a pioneer in the Utah sports community.

So she didn’t mince them this week when asked about the possibility of colleges shuttering athletic programs. Specifically, she was asked about BYU-Hawaii and BYU-Idaho closing the doors.

Deseret News photo

Deseret News photo

“I was in total shock they did that to Ricks (now BYU-Idaho),” she said. “I kind of thought because they had previously taken sports from BYU-Hawaii, then brought them back, that’s what they’d do at Ricks. I thought, wow, what is the community going to do up there?”

Watch ESPN, apparently.

She went on to say BYU — the Mother Ship — must assess whether it even wants to be in big college sports, if the “Big 5” conferences decide to move on their own. In other words, does the Provo school want to get in the arms race?

“At some point, [conditions] will force them to decide if they want to continue or not,” she said.

Carr added, “I think higher education will be interesting to watch in the future.”


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