PROVO — Three months after tearing his ACL in the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth is feeling very positive about his future on the court.
Things didn’t look so bright, however, back on March 11 as the Cougars faced Gonzaga in the WCC title game. A routine rebound with less than 14 minutes remaining in the game left Collinsworth in pain on the floor and the team wondering if they had lost one of their best players right before the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA is the latest Pac-12 team to do a scheduling deal with BYU, bringing to eight the number of league teams with future games scheduled against the Cougars.
On Thursday, BYU announced a two-game series with the Bruins, with games scheduled at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Sept. 19, 2015, and at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Sept. 17, 2016.
"I'm excited for this series with UCLA," said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. "It's a great matchup versus an opponent rich in football tradition, and a team that will be fighting for a Pac-12 championship. It's also a great opportunity for our large fan base in Southern California to see the Cougars play in the Rose Bowl—one of the most storied football venues in the country."
Your weekly knowledge-drop returns with ten more questions designed to separate the hard-core BYU fan from the casual Cougar observer.
The previous six quizzes have seen the average score top the 50% plateau only twice; we'll see how Cougar Nation does this time around.
So, take the quiz, compare your score and then be sure to share the quiz with friends.
PROVO — BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe was appointed to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee on Wednesday.
Holmoe will replace former West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, who is leaving the committee and his position as commissioner to become the deputy commissioner and COO of the Pac- 12 Conference.
“Jamie has been an incredible asset to the men’s basketball committee and to the championship as a whole, and we wish him continued success as he prepares to leave for the Pac-12,” said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s vice president for men’s basketball. “Tom has a tremendous amount of respect from his colleagues in collegiate athletics and is an ideal choice to replace Jamie. We look forward to his contributions to the group.”
BYU's 2014-15 basketball roster received another addition on Monday, with the news that Orem High School star Dalton Nixon, who committed to Dave Rose two summers ago and signed a letter of intent last November, will be available to play for the Cougars in 2014-15.
Nixon, who had received a call to begin serving in the LDS Church's Massachusetts Boston Mission later this summer, told me he will defer his mission service until after the upcoming basketball season, with plans to enter the Missionary Training Center next spring. He said his mission destination may or may not remain the same, with details to be determined in coming months.
Nixon will attend BYU as a non-scholarship player in 2014-15, but will be on scholarship upon the return from his mission. He anticipates joining the team with the start of the Fall Semester classes.
BYU's season-opener is three months and a day away, and the countdown continues with weekly quizzes designed to keep Cougar fans mentally sharp and in a pigskin state of mind.
The tests are designed to be neither too hard nor too easy, but any score over 50% should be considered respectable.
So here we go; avoid the temptation to use the search window for help, and share a good score (and the quiz) with your friends!
Wednesday marks the 100-day countdown to BYU's season-opener at Connecticut, but it also means another edition of the weekly 'Cougar Quiz.'
The last few quizzes have proven to be stern gauges of BYU fandom, but with every test taken is knowledge acquired, and the more you know...well, the more you know.
So have a go at this week's ten-question sampler, then share it with your friends, and if you do well, then by all means brag a little bit on social media.
Utah State's loss is BYU's gain, as former Aggie forward Kyle Davis will transfer to BYU and play for the Cougar hoopsters after sitting out the 2014-15 season.
Davis, who has already been admitted to BYU, verbally committed to Cougar head coach Dave Rose on Thursday; he said he left a phone message for a vacationing Rose, who then responded via text message.
Davis said after visiting the Provo campus on Monday and Tuesday of this week, "it just became clear that's where I wanted to play."
The latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) report shows continued improvement across the Division I membership, while BYU's institutional APR score held relatively steady and the football program saw a slight but important jump that keeps the team clear of the NCAA's "danger zone," relative to low-performance infractions.
The NCAA Division I four-year APR average (measuring 2009-10 through 2012-13 academic years) is currently 976, up from 974 last year. Averaging the team scores for BYU's 21 sports produces an institutional APR score of 973, down a single point from last year.
BYU's 10 men's sports averaged a 2013 multi-year APR score of 967--up six points from last year, while the school's 11 women's sports averaged a score of 978--down slightly from 981 in 2013.
This month, the first college football preseason publications will make their way to the stores and become available online, meaning that kickoff inches ever closer.
BYU opens the season three-and-a-half months from now at Connecticut, and to help keep Cougar fans' senses sharp in the buildup to gameday, well, that's where these weekly tests come in.
So, once again, put the smart phones aside and resist the urge to Google the answers, and enjoy another 'Cougar Quiz'!
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