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'!
Thousands of Cougar fans have already taken the weekly trivia challenge, with varying degrees of success.
Some fans thought Quiz #1 was a little soft, so we hardened it up last week and high scores were a little harder to come by.
What do you think of this week's version? Have a run at it, then encourage your BYU-fan friends to join in and take the quiz for themselves!
The BYU football season is less than four months away now, and in a continuing effort to minimize length of the off-season, we're back with another 10-question trivia quiz for Cougar die-hards.
In the spirit of fun and competition, attempt to refrain from using electronic aids in the completion of the quiz. Sure, you could Google everything, but that would just be lame.
PROVO — The BYU Cougars announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to a deal to participate in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park in Miami in December.
The Miami Beach Bowl is owned and operated by the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars will face an opponent from the AAC in the bowl, which will be played the week prior to Christmas.
“We are delighted to have Brigham Young University on board for the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl,” said Miami Beach Bowl executive director Carlos Padilla. “BYU is one of the most-respected programs, with one of the most passionate fan bases in the nation. With BYU and an American Athletic Conference team in our first game, we expect to have great interest and support from the Miami and Miami Beach communities and will deliver an exciting game for college football fans everywhere.”
PROVO — With just four months until the start of the 2014 football season, the BYU Cougars appear to have locked up their bowl destination, should they be eligible.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported Monday that BYU will play a team from the American Athletic Conference in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl in December.
The Miami Beach Bowl will be played the week before Christmas at Marlins Park, the home of Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins. An exact date has not been determined.