The NCAA reports that Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores are up across the Division I membership, and BYU's scores are up, too, with mutli-year APRs increasing in 15 of 21 sports, resulting in a six-point improvement over last year's results.
The NCAA DI APR average for 2012 is 973, up from 970 in 2011. BYU's 21-sport APR average for 2012 lands right at the NCAA DI median of 973, an improvement from the school's APR score of 967 in 2011.
BYU's men's sports averaged a 2012 APR of 965, while the women's sports average was 979.
ESPN announced Thursday that BYU's September 15th visit to Rice-Eccles Stadium will be a night-time affair, televised on ESPN2; the game will of course also be heard on KSL Newsradio, the exclusive radio home of the BYU Cougars.
BYU at Utah will kick at 8:00pm MT, with pregame coverage on KSL starting two hours prior, at 6:00pm. Cougar Sports Saturday will air from noon to 6:00 that day, giving BYU fans an entire day's worth of lead-up to the 87th playing of the annual rivalry game.
It had been three weeks since the last session, so we fired up the ol' chat machine on Tuesday afternoon.
If you missed the live version, check out the replay below. For the record, it clocked in at a shade longer than two hours and 45 minutes. Not sure if that is a good thing or not, but I hope you enjoy the read-through.
John Feinstein is one of this country's preeminent sports journalists, and he'll soon be visiting Utah's Sundance Resort to discuss his 28th and latest book, "One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game."
Given the opportunity to talk with Feinstein ahead of his visit, I conducted a telephone interview with him this week, during which we discussed, among other things: the story behind his new book, the interesting background to his upcoming appearance at Sundance, the state of college football--including BYU's future as a football independent--and even Tiger Woods.
You can hear those excerpts from our interview in "Cougar Cuts," left, and you can hear the entire interview during "Cougar Sports Saturday," this Saturday between 1:35 and 2:00pm, and again between 4:35 and 5:00pm, on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
Less than four weeks after finding out he had been cut by the Washington Redskins, former BYU quarterback John Beck took the practice field on Monday of this week as a Houston Texan.
It was Beck's OTA (organized team activities) debut for the Texans, his fourth team in his sixth NFL season. Yet, despite the new surroundings and getting accustomed to yet another set of coaches and teammates, Beck felt unusually at ease on day one, thanks to some unexpected visitors.
"I had been out (in Houston) for a little more than a week, doing the offseason stuff," Beck said in a telephone interview I had with him on Wednesday, "but it was my first put-on-the-helmet, put-on-the-jersey, put-on-the- cleats, full practice. I walked out on the field and there were all these BYU shirts."
After a week away, the Tuesday live chat returns in what may turn out to be a biweekly exercise--at least until we get into football season, when the chat will likely morph into a weekly feature.
Tomorrow's chat will get underway at 2:00pm, and if the first two chats are any indication, it will go as long as two hours, depending on what kind of response we have.
As is always the case, discussion items are free-ranging, but will ostensibly center on BYU Football and Basketball, with realignment talk sure to be a hot-button issue. Check in below at 2:00pm MT on Tuesday, and we'll see how fast I can type this week.
The BYU football team's season opener just got a little closer: the LaVell Edwards Stadium matchup with Washington State has moved from Saturday, September 1st to Thursday, August 30th as part of a slate of ESPN TV assignments announced on Wednesday.
The 2012 lid-lifter is now one of four non-Saturday games BYU will play in the season's first six weeks, in addition to the September 20th game at Boise State (Thursday), and Friday night home contests versus Hawaii on September 28th (Friday) and Utah State on October 5th (Friday). All of the games will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN 2.
He's considered the best high school basketball player in the country, and is the nation's most highly-recruited prepster entering his senior season. He is Jabari Parker, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and this week, the cover subject in Sports Illustrated. That Parker keeps BYU among his list of potential collegiate destinations makes his remarkable story all the more intriguing to Cougar fans.
BYU's status as a college football quarterback factory was underscored on Monday, with the news that former Cougar QB Ty Detmer has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Detmer becomes the fifth BYU quarterback and seventh Cougar to be inducted, joining QBs Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young, head coach LaVell Edwards and tight end Gordon Hudson.
After 12 years on the training staff, and eight years as BYU Football's Head Athletic Trainer, Kevin Morris is leaving the Cougar Football program.
Morris made the announcement via his Facebook page on Friday:
Two weeks, two chats, and by the numbers, the second one was more popular than the first--so thanks for that. If you missed it, see the replay below, and we'll do it again soon.
I held my first-ever "Cougar Tracks" live chat earlier today; read a replay of the the two-hour extravaganza and see how it went.
College football realignment ripples are again traversing the sport's rarely-tranquil waters. Conference USA, the Mountain West Conference, the Western Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference are the players in the latest act of the drama that is the now-annual "Gridiron Shuffle."
CUSA and the MWC, while putting the brakes on a merger, are both leagues in expansion mode, ostensibly by picking off teams from the WAC—-a conference that appears to be on death's door, if current rumors of multiple defections are proven accurate. The SBC, led by former WAC commissioner Karl Benson, may be able to survive the latest round of musical chairs.
The 2012 NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night at 6:00 pm MT. By all accounts, Matt Reynolds and Hebron "Loni" Fangupo are the most likely BYU Cougars to be taken during the three-day event.
There are several other Cougars hoping to hear their names called, whether it be via the draft or free agency. Among them are Terence Brown, Jordan Pendleton, McKay Jacobson, Travis Uale, Matt Putnam, Jamison Frazier, Corby Eason and JJ DiLuigi.
Recently returned from his two-year church mission to the Philippines, BYU guard Tyler Haws met with the local media on Wednesday, saying "I feel great; it's been great to get back and be on the BYU campus again...excited to start the next chapter."
You can hear the entire ten-minute session in "Cougar Cuts," left.
BYU closed up the spring football shop almost a month ago, making it easy to overlook the fact that a third of BYU's 2012 opponents are still popping the pads and preparing for their spring games.
While 2012 foes Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Washington State, Utah and Idaho closed their spring slates with games this past weekend (Weber State, San Jose State and Boise State ended earlier in the month), four programs--Utah State, Hawaii, New Mexico State and Oregon State--will culminate their spring exercises with games this coming Saturday.
BYU's scaled-back spring scrimmage (a short, 34-play, offense v. defense affair featuring almost no first-stringers) stands in contrast to some of the more prominent programs on the Cougars' 2012 schedule, with most of the big-name programs using the spring game as a publicity-building and seat-filling attraction.
The 2012-13 BYU Basketball team received an unanticipated addition to its guard line Friday, with the news that November signee Cory Calvert will play for the Cougars this upcoming season before embarking on his two-year church mission.
The BYU press release is as follows:
BYU today announced major renovations to the 40-year old Marriott Center, including replacement of lower bowl bench seats and a shift of the student section from sideline to end zone.
BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe announced the changes at the start of his annual Q and A luncheon with local media, held Friday afternoon at BYU's Student-Athlete building.
BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose says six straight 25+ win seasons and six consecutive NCAA Tournament bids have created "a real expectation level here," and to meet that expectation, "our number one priority...(is) to increase the talent depth of our team."
"We need more players at every position," said Rose in a season-ending sit-down interview I conducted at his office Thursday morning. In a wide-ranging discussion, Rose assessed the latest additions to his roster and personnel plans moving forward, while also reflecting on the just-completed 26-9 season and offering thoughts on life in the West Coast Conference and the 2012-13 campaign.
You can hear the entire interview in "Cougar Cuts," left; Rose begins by talking about the signing of Raul Delgado and Agustin Ambrosino, who committed to BYU on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.
Another scholarship has opened up within the BYU Basketball program, with the news that point guard Nick Martineau will not return to the team in 2012-13.
Martineau's early graduation departure nearly mirrors James Anderson's early exit from the hoops program last spring, as Anderson also moved on with a year of eligibility remaining.
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