Guard Raul Delgado is leaving the BYU Basketball program, a little more than a year after joining the Cougars as a junior college transfer.
The school on Friday confirmed Delgado's transfer intentions, which were first reported by CBSSports.com, whose Jeff Goodman this week listed Delgado on his updated list of transferring Division I hoopsters.
On Saturday, Delgado announced via Twitter, that he will be transferring to DII Metro State in Denver.
The day after becoming BYU's first top-ten NFL Draft pick in 31 years, Ezekiel Ansah was already on the move--headed for Detroit and a Motor City welcome from Lions fans who saw their team take Ansash with the fifth overall selection last night in New York City.
Saying "it's kind of sad for me to see him go," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall talked on Friday about Ansah's big night, with the coach invited to be a part of Ziggy's support group at Radio City Music Hall.
With the NFL Draft one week away, the buzz surrounding BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah continues to grow.
Thursday, the story of this Ghanaian football phenom occupied a full 15-minute chunk of time on ESPN's SportsCenter, with the program labeling Ansah as "the Cinderella story" of this year's draft.
Two weeks to the day that his team's season came to an end in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden, BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose sat down with members of the local media for individual end-of-the-season interviews.
Rose reflected on a season that featured
Brandon Davies is having a productive early offseason, and has placed himself on the NBA's radar with the league's draft a little more than two months away.
Coming off a four-game NIT run during which he averaged 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, Davies was immediately off to Atlanta, where he turned in a 12-point, nine-rebound, four-assist performance in helping his team to victory at a pre-Final Four all-star game.
BYU and the University of Arizona announced on Friday a three-game football series, to begin in 2016 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in suburban Phoenix (Glendale), continuing with games in 2018 (Tucson) and 2020 (Provo).
In school press release, BYU AD Tom Holmoe called the arrangement "a great regional series and a unique opportunity for our large fan base in Arizona to see us play."
I sat alone in the audio booth at Broadcast House as the seconds ticked away on the BYU basketball season.
It ended just like it started, with Greg Wrubell's voice reverberating in my ears--the voice to which I had become so accustomed this season, while interning at KSL Radio.
Although BYU had been on the ropes for weeks, it was a surreal moment realizing I would not be coming back to the booth and recording the highlights for another game. I packed up and shut the lights off, not just on another BYU basketball season, but on my experience as "The Clintern".
The BYU Cougars wrapped up spring football on Friday afternoon with a scrimmage at Lavell Edwards Stadium.
"I think we got a ton done," head coach Bronco Mendenhall said about spring practices. "I think we've established a unified mindset and work ethic; I think we've got an offense installed. I think we have a tempo built in. I think they have a good idea at what conditioning will look like, to be ready to play at this pace...and we didn't get anyone hurt -- so yeah, I thought it was productive."
Quarterback Taysom Hill, who did not participate in Friday's scrimmage, agreed with his coach that the spring was beneficial for this group.
With Tuesday night's 76-70 loss to Baylor, BYU's NIT run is done, but in reaching the tournament semifinals at Madison Square Garden, the Cougars not only altered perception in the present, but inspired hope for the future.
For Dave Rose's team, the phrase "Final Four" represented more than a trip to New York City. The Cougars final four games of the season offered a glimpse of the 2012-13 squad's true potential, and allowed some of 2013-14's most important players to shine on a big stage.
MANHATTAN — For the first time in 47 years, the BYU Cougars will be playing postseason basketball at Madison Square Garden, a venue head coach Dave Rose calls "the mecca of college basketball, or basketball itself."
BYU meets Baylor on Tuesday night at MSG in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament, an event the school won in 1951 and again in 1966.
In a Monday press conference at New York City's Marriott Marquis, Rose said "at BYU, the NIT is extremely special."
The BYU Cougars practiced outside on Monday as they began their final week of spring football.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall said the team's effort during Monday's practice was "strong." He also mentioned that the offensive execution was farther ahead at this point that he thought it would be.
On the day the BYU Football team held its annual spring game, the Cougar hoopsters held their final Provo practice of the 2012-13 season.
Bronco Mendenhall's team separated into East and West teams (by sideline) for a 65-play exercise that featured few projected first-stringers, but showcased an up-tempo offense that was clicking off plays every 12-18 seconds--incorporating offensive coordinator Robert Anae's 'hard and fast' mantra.
Four touchdowns were scored: a Jamaal Williams run, a Tanner Mangum scamper, a Terenn Houk reception and a Paul Lasike rumble to end the scrimmage.
The BYU Cougar hoopsters are in Hattiesburg, Miss., one win away from a trip father east, to New York City and the NIT semifinals.
40 minutes of play against Southern Miss are all that separate the Cougars and one of sport's grandest stages, underscoring the distance BYU has already traveled in closing a pervasive gap between potential and performance.
It was less than three weeks ago that the Cougars trudged off the floor at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, having lost in their West Coast Conference tournament opener — a third loss in four games and a fifth loss in eight games at the end of the season, to that point.
Due to the un-springlike weather we're experiencing, the BYU Cougars held Friday's practice inside the indoor practice facility.
As the Cougars wrapped up Week 3 of spring ball, head coach Bronco Mendenhall said Friday's practice was designed to be lighter since the team has been going so hard and injuries are catching up. The Cougars practice in just helmets and shorts.
On the day that Atlantic Sun tournament champion Florida Gulf Coast stunned Georgetown in the NCAA tournament, BYU prepared for an NIT Second Round game against the team that topped FGCU for the Atlantic Sun regular season crown.
The Mercer Bears won their league title by a game over Florida Gulf Coast, but lost to the Eagles in the conference tourney title game. Relegated to the NIT, the Bears won at Tennessee in their NIT opener on Wednesday; next up, a Monday game at BYU, which advanced with a win over Washington last Tuesday.
The BYU Cougars have their NIT Second Round marching orders, scheduled to host Mercer Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Marriott Center.
The region's 7 seed, Mercer staged a road upset on Wednesday night, comfortably dispatching 2 seed Tennessee by a score of 75-67. The regular-season champs from the Atlantic Sun conference recorded their second road win over an SEC team, having earlier won at Alabama. Mercer also has an away victory at Florida State on its 2012-13 portfolio.
The Bears' schedule also includes three road losses to teams ranked 270th or worse in RPI, and two setbacks at altitude, having dropped games at New Mexico (76-58) and Denver (69-40). Mercer is among the slowest-tempo and lowest-scoring teams in the country, and has scored fewer than 50 points in a game six times during the season, with a low of 36 points in a neutral-court loss to Illinois-Chicago.
PROVO — BYU head coach Dave Rose is included in a new ESPN "30 for 30" documentary about Jim Valvano and his 1983 national championship as the coach of N.C. State—a team that beat Rose's Houston Cougars in the title game. The name of the documentary is "Survive and Advance," which has dual meaning, relative to Valvano's life-claiming battle with cancer. As it turned out, the show's TV debut was actually concurrent with Sunday night's NIT selection show, which revealed that Rose's BYU Cougars would be playing in that tournament.
The BYU Cougars began Week 3 of spring ball on Monday. Once again, the Cougars practiced outside, taking advantage of the spring weather.
Overall, offensive coordinator Robert Anae was pleased with the effort, but knows there's still along way to go. "I'd say we're headed in the right direction," Anae said. "It's not because a lack of effort; they're trying, but the effort needs to be faster and it's need to be harder."
On the eve of his team's NIT meeting with Washington, BYU head coach Dave Rose said that forward Josh Sharp--who started 22 of 32 games this season--is a question mark for Tuesday night's game with an Achilles tendon injury.
Rose said Sharp was injured during a practice last week, and is listed as 'day-to-day.' Sharp was in a walking boot and did not practice today.
PROVO — Seven years after BYU last played in the NIT, the Cougar hoopsters are back in that tournament field.
Sunday night, almost three hours after the NCAA Tournament bids were handed out, BYU was awarded an NIT berth and a valued home game as a three seed, matched up with the University of Washington. BYU will host the sixth-seeded Huskies Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. MT, in the Marriott Center.
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