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BYU enters bye week with some bounce

Posted Sep 9th - 8:35pm by Greg Wrubell

Two days after their 40-21 demolition of Texas on national television, the BYU Cougars were back on the practice field Monday, with head coach Bronco Mendenhall seeking to "set the vibe" heading into a bye week and a looming matchup with Utah.

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Mendenhall said the early part of the week would focus on "fundamentals and younger-player development," with preparation for Utah picking up on Thursday; players will then be given the weekend off. The Cougars and Utes will play in Provo one week from Saturday at 8:15 p.m. MT on ESPN2.


Rose undergoes cancer surgery; 'full recovery' expected

Posted Sep 9th - 5:43pm by Greg Wrubell

Four years and three months after a rare form of pancreatic cancer almost took his life, BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose underwent surgery on Monday to remove "cancerous spots" discovered in Rose's most recent routine cancer screening.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Courtney Scaife at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City. In a statement released by BYU, Dr. Scaife said "the surgery went well. I expect him to make a full recovery."

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Nate's Notes: Game Theory

Posted Sep 5th - 2:23pm by Nate Meikle, Sideline Reporter, Cougar Img Sports Network

If you want to hit it big in Vegas—maximize your potential payout and increase your chances of an early retirement—do the following: take your life savings and make one bet. Put all your money on red, or black for that matter. But the key is to make just one bet. And then walk away. Never come back.

That's exactly what Vegas doesn't want you to do. They want people to play over and over and over again. In the long run, they win. In the short run, stuff happens. For this reason a statistician might say that the "Go fast" portion of the new motto is the exact opposite of what BYU should do.

When one side has superior talent, knowledge, expertise, etc.—it wants to increase the number of repetitions in competition. Vegas wants you to play as much as possible; the superior basketball team wants to get "up and down." It hates the stall. In the long run, the better team wins. In the short run, it might not.


BYU Football with Bronco Mendenhall

Posted Sep 5th - 9:52am by Reggie Lewis, KSL.com Contributor

PROVO — "BYU Football with Bronco Mendenhall" aired in front of a raucous crowd Wednesday night in the President's Loge at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Coming off a tough loss at Virginia, Coach Mendenhall addressed the game and gave his assessment on what he learned about his team after watching the game film and what was the difference in the game.

"Our team played collectively harder than what I thought they were playing on Saturday," Mendenhall said. "If we are able to convert more on third down … I think the game becomes quite different."


Cougars will not be intimidated by Longhorns

Posted Sep 4th - 7:12pm by Jason Shepherd

PROVO — The BYU Cougars are well aware of the statistics Texas put up in their season opening win against New Mexico State. The Longhorns put up 715 yards of offense last weekend. As Texas visits LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, the Cougars enter the game confident against the Longhorns. "Texas is a good team," cornerback Rob Daniel said. "With all the preparation we're doing, there (is) nothing special about them."

Coach Bronco Mendenhall was asked if he likes the fact that his team isn't intimidated by the Longhorns. "No disrespect to anyone we play, and Texas is a good team...we're not afraid of anyone."

"I'm looking forward to it (playing Texas)" Bronco said. Our team is looking forward to it; I think we have a good chance...I think we'll have a good chance in every gamey; certainly we need to improve and improve substantially, but I'm looking forward to the game."


BYU making changes to offensive line

Posted Sep 3rd - 9:55pm by Jason Ludlow, KSL.com Contributor

PROVO — After the offense stalled in a 19-16 loss to the University of Virginia last Saturday, offensive coordinator Robert Anae is looking to jump start his crew before they take on Texas this week by shaking up the offensive line.

"We're going to do some shuffling of the line, and we're going to see how some other guys respond," said Anae. "We have four guys right now who look to hold their spots...and we only want the best players on the field."

Those starters will be Michael Yeck switching from right tackle to left tackle, Manaaki Vaitai at left guard, Terrance Alletto remaing at center, and Brock Strigham taking over right tackle. The starting right guard position is still open to competition. Anae said the purpose of the change is to find unity up front to allow both the pass and run games to prosper. "That's been our primary focus this week — to develop ourselves as a group," said Anae. "A group that not only goes fast but can go hard."


BYU's Mendenhall 'encouraged' after season-opening setback

Posted Sep 2nd - 9:08pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall says despite a disappointing season-opening loss at Virginia, he is "encouraged" by the team's performance, while at the same time acknowledging the 19-16 defeat "was a hard loss... really hard."

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"I thought we played really hard," said Mendenhall on Monday after practice. "It didn't mean we necessarily played well."


BYU Football with Bronco Mendenhall

Posted Aug 29th - 2:53pm by Jason Ludlow, KSL.com Contributor

PROVO — The year's first "BYU Football with Bronco Mendenhall" show aired Wednesday in front of over 100 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Mendenhall said the team is excited fall camp is over and that it's finally time to open the season against the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday.

"Fall camp did not seem shorter," Mendenhall said. "If anything, it seemed longer. I think fall camp is a week too long. Ask me again when I see us play Saturday to make sure on that, but … I think we could do it in a week less, and it would be better for the game and for the players."


BYU coaches know the players will give it their all at Virginia

Posted Aug 28th - 6:12pm by Jason Shepherd

PROVO ‐ BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall described Wednesday's practice as, "no pads; shorter, recovery-oriented (and) assignment-oriented. Similar format tomorrow with the intent to get our team as fast and as healthy and as recovered and assignment-sound as possible…next we'll just have to play and see where we are."

With Saturday's season opener against Virginia just days away, players and coaches were putting the final touches on their game plan for the Cavaliers. As is the case with most programs before a new season, it's hard to gauge where the team is without a game under its belt. "I don't think I absolutely know anything about this team until we play a game," Bronco said.

"I think they'll try hard; if I had to say what I most likely know, it's that."


Nate's Notes: Regression to the mean

Posted Aug 27th - 10:16pm by Nate Meikle, KSL.com Contributor

"I'm going to read off fifteen words," my statistics professor Daniel Ho said, "and then give you a chance to write down as many words as you can remember."

Professor Ho read the words, waited fifteen seconds, and then told us to start writing. Once we had all finished, we repeated the exercise with a second set of fifteen words.

Once the second exercise had concluded, Professor Ho said, "Raise your hand if you remembered seven or more words from the first list." About half the hands went up.


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