A look back at BYU’s conference affiliations

Last Friday Brigham Young University’s football program became independent from conference affiliation. This marks the first time since the 1890s that the football program has not been affiliated with an athletic conference.

BYA's first football team, 1896

Last Friday also marked the official affiliation of the majority of Brigham Young University’s other athletic programs, including basketball, with the West Coast Conference.

Basketball game in the Marriott Center

The move to the West Coast Conference marks the fifth conference that Brigham Young University’s athletic program has been affiliated with. Brigham Young University has been affiliated with the following conferences:

  • Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, 1918-1938
  • Mountain States Conference (Skyline Conference), 1938-1962
  • Western Athletic Conference, 1962-1999
  • Mountain West Conference, 1999-2011
  • West Coast Conference, 2011-

Brigham Young University is now the ninth member of the West Coast Conference.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of athletics at Brigham Young University, please contact the University Archivist at (801) 422-5821 or gordon_daines@byu.edu.

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