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Greg Wrubell's Cougar Quiz No. 5

Posted May 25th - 4:24pm by Greg Wrubell

The final "Cougar Quiz" for the month of May provides another opportunity for Cougar Nation to sharpen the offseason wits with a trip down BYU football's memory lane, featuring some long-ago and more recent trivia.

Last week's quiz saw 2015's best performance to date, with the average respondents' score topping 50% for the first time since the latest run of "Cougar Quiz" tests got underway in late April.

Take this week's ten-question brain-teaser, then see what label your score has earned you. If you do particularly well (and even if you don't), be sure to share the quiz with others!

Greg Wrubell's Cougar Quiz No. 4

Posted May 18th - 9:40am by Greg Wrubell

Each Monday a new "Cougar Quiz" comes out, designed to sharpen your pigskin wits during the long off-season.

Three weeks of the "Cougar Quiz" have seen the average respondents' scores hovering in the mid-40% range. Is this the week Cougar Nation hits the 50% mark? I think it is.

Give it a go, and be sure to share it with friends and family on social media. High scores deserve a self-shout out.

Greg Wrubell's Cougar Quiz No. 3

Posted May 11th - 9:29am by Greg Wrubell

Through two weeks of the "Cougar Quiz," the average score has hovered in the low-40% range, which just means that most quiz-takers are in off-season form right now.

With BYU football training camp now less than three months away, let's see if the scores climb this week.

Give this week's quiz a go, then be sure to share it with family and friends.

Greg Wrubell's Cougar Quiz No. 2

Posted May 4th - 9:45am by Greg Wrubell

It's back for the second week of its 15-week, pre-training camp run: another "Cougar Quiz," for fun and entertainment.

In this week's quiz, you will find ten questions, ten correct answers, and one heck of a good time.

So, give it a whirl, give it your best, and spread the word about the quiz to friends and family. If you do really well, make sure all of social media becomes aware.

Lone Peak's Jackson includes BYU among top college options

Posted Apr 29th - 4:53pm by Greg Wrubell

The most prestigious programs and biggest coaching names in college basketball are all interested in Lone Peak High School star Frank Jackson. BYU and head coach Dave Rose were most interested before any of them.

That's why, almost two years ago, before Jackson ever suited up for Lone Peak, he had a scholarship offer from Rose. In September of 2013, Jackson accepted that offer, verbally committing to Rose, and telling Brandon Gurney of the Deseret News:

"I'm excited and honored to be part of BYU's program. It's seriously a dream come true for me to play for Coach Rose and with all the other great players and coaches at BYU. I can't wait.

Greg Wrubell's Cougar Quiz No. 1

Posted Apr 27th - 10:24am by Greg Wrubell

In just over three months, BYU's football players will be braving the August heat in preparation for their season-opener at Nebraska on Sept. 5.

In an effort to make the time fly by a little more quickly and sharpen fans' wits for the season to come, my weekly "Cougar Quiz" is back for another season.

This is the first of 15 weekly tests; give it a try and then share it with friends. If you do well, tell the world on social media.

Bartley, Neilson transferring from BYU

Posted Apr 20th - 6:29pm by Jason Shepherd

BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose announced Monday evening that sophomore guard Frank Bartley IV and freshman forward Isaac Neilson will transfer from the BYU basketball program.

"I appreciate all the contributions Frank and Isaac made to our program," Rose said. "We wish them both the very best going forward."

BYU's Mendenhall: Power 5-conference inclusion 'has to happen'

Posted Apr 20th - 2:09pm by Greg Wrubell

It was almost five years ago that BYU announced the decision to leave the Mountain West Conference in all sports and forge a new path as an FBS football independent. According to head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, it was the correct decision, but may not be the long-term solution to the growing disparity between FBS haves and have-nots.

In a one-on-one interview I conducted with Mendenhall last week, the coach talked at length about BYU's current standing in the college football landscape and his projections for the future. His comments follow by almost two months and echo remarks from AD Tom Holmoe, who said in late February that "it's our intention that we would be playing in what they would commonly call a 'Power 5' conference sometime in the near future...I think I've been open enough to say that we're not in that league. To try to compete in every aspect at that level, without having that (financial) support, is hard. I don't think we can do it indefinitely."

Mendenhall reiterated Holmoe's stance and even got specific with personal expectations, relative to what might be perceived as BYU's window of opportunity for P5-conference inclusion.

One-on-one with Dave Rose

Posted Apr 14th - 9:00am by Greg Wrubell

Tuesday night, the BYU basketball program will stage its annual postseason awards banquet, and in the days to follow, head coach Dave Rose will meet with his returning players for end-of-season assessments. As part of his campaign-closing routine, Rose has traditionally sat down for one-on-one conversations with members of the local media.

Monday, I met with Rose, who was at the same time pleased with his team's 25-10 record and NCAA tournament appearance in 2014-15, and wishful of a few more wins--and a few less injuries.

The season began with the loss of forward Jamal Aytes to ankle surgery, and after only ten games, big man Nate Austin was lost for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury. Additionally, Kyle Collinsworth, Corbin Kaufusi, Chase Fischer, Anson Winder and Skyler Halford all missed games while injured, contributing to the implementation of ten different starting lineups during this past season.

Defense gaining confidence, offense trying to avoid complacency during last week of spring practices

Posted Apr 1st - 2:35pm by Jaren Wood

PROVO — Just one more practice remains for BYU (on Friday) in its spring practices after nearly five weeks, and keeping up the intensity in the final week has been a challenge for the offense. Wide receiver Mitch Mathews spoke to the media about players' performances this week.

“The offense the last couple days hasn’t been our best performance, so it’s something that has been put on my shoulders, and Taysom’s shoulders to make sure we don’t leave three days in a row not at our best ball,” Mathews said.

Mathews has been instrumental during spring as a part of an offense that has played exceptionally the last four weeks, and he believes that there is a “mindset” that creeps up this time of the year.

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