PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe addressed the media Wednesday afternoon, talking about a variety of subjects, most notably about the worst BYU football season in decades.
“That was a year that wasn’t to our standards,” Holmoe said. “So changes definitely had to be made.”
The biggest change was at offensive coordinator, where BYU fired one of its greatest heroes on the field, Ty Detmer.
“It was a hard, hard thing,” Holmoe said. “He might be the most beloved BYU football player ever, but he handled it with class.”
While Detmer was essentially Holmoe’s choice two years ago, Jeff Grimes was picked by Sitake.
“I was involved, but like I said earlier, that’s his decision,” Holmoe said. “He asked me questions about him, and I asked him questions about Jeff. He was the guy.”
Holmoe said he never considered firing Sitake, but he does not want to go through another season like the last one.
“One of the things we talked about is we’re not doing this again,” he said. “We’ve just got to go out there and play.”
Having just completed its 7th season as a football independent, Holmoe says there are no plans to move into a conference, whether it be the Big-12 or Mountain West.
“Right now, it’s the same answer that I’ve always said,” Holmoe said. “We’re not looking right now to get into another league. It really comes down to what they want to do. It’s their party, they can do whatever they want.”
BYU’s contract with ESPN expires in 2019, but Holmoe is confident a new deal will be reached soon.
“Our numbers are very good on ESPN, even last year when we had a really down season,” he said. “So, probably within the next year, there would probably be discussions of extending the contract.”
Holmoe said the basketball team is still under NCAA investigation for violations allegedly committed by Nick Emery, who withdrew from school, and he doesn’t know when the NCAA will make a ruling.
“I think one of the things that happened is when he withdrew from school, they just said can we put this over here on the back burner for a little bit now,” Holmoe said. “I think it probably would have been solved a little bit earlier if that were not the case. We love Nick, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure we can bring him back.”
Holmoe also said he expects an agreement to be reached with Notre Dame, which still owes BYU a game. He said he expects Notre Dame will settle its debt with a game rather than cash.