Jaren Wilkey, BYU

Independent Cougars don’t have to adhere to as strict of protocols as Pac-12 teams do, but coach Kalani Sitake says their positive test numbers are still relatively low.

Not belonging to a conference has been a mixed bag for the BYU football team since it went independent in 2011 and has drawn favorable and unfavorable reviews inside and outside the state of Utah.

But two aspects of the Cougars going rogue almost 10 years ago is not debatable in this season of the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to having a positive net outcome for BYU.

First, not being governed by a conference has enabled BYU (8-0) to play eight games so far, as many or more than any program in the country not named Texas State (1-9), Western Kentucky (3-6) or UTSA (5-4).

Second, BYU does not have to abide by any coronavirus testing protocols stricter than the NCAA’s. So while Utah, for instance, has had to cancel two games because it was below the Pac-12 threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes, BYU is under no such rules, head coach Kalani Sitake acknowledged Monday in a Zoom meeting with reporters.

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