COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Calling his Team USA tryout experience "definitely something special, and something I'll never forget," BYU guard Tyler Haws on Thursday continued his pursuit of a spot on USA Basketball's 12-man World University Games roster, as two-a-days rolled on at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Joined by BYU Baskebtall Media Relations Director Kyle Chilton and KSL videographer/producer Dave Noriega, I watched as Haws and 14 other roster finalists went through a two-hour session on Thursday morning.
PROVO — BYU Football Media Day began with a flurry of announcements, including one of a contract extension for head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
The new deal will see Mendenhall remain the coach of the Cougars through the 2016 season; his current agreement was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign.
In a school press release, Mendenhall said. "BYU is a special place and this is a special time."
BYU guard Tyler Haws is one step closer to realizing the dream of representing Team USA at the upcoming World University Games.
Haws was on Wednesday morning named as one of 16 finalists for USA Basketball's World University Games team, with one more curt remaining before the official 12-man roster is determined.
At about the same time this morning that BYU AD Tom Holmoe and head football coach Bronco Mendenhall start to address the "State of the Program" at BYU Football Media Day, Cougar hoopster Tyler Haws will be learning the state of his fate at USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp.
With three practice sessions in the books, a fourth session early Wednesday morning will precede the first round of cuts at the camp in Colorado Springs, with the group of 25 roster hopefuls pared down to 14-16 players.
BYU guard Tyler Haws and his 25 hopeful teammates enter their first day of two-a-day practices today in Colorado Springs, as USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp continues at U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Camp began with a two-hour practice session on Monday night, with two-a-days now daily through Sunday, including an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday that is open to the public.
Today is the first day of BYU's summer class term, and new members of the 2013-14 Cougar basketball team will be enrolled and ready to start playing and working out with their teammates. One notable veteran will be missing from those activities to start the term, however, and with good reason.
BYU guard Tyler Haws is bound for Colorado Springs, where later today, he'll pull on a No. 46 Team USA practice jersey, and the quest to represent his country at the upcoming World University Games will be underway.
The West Coast Conference on Wednesday announced modifications to its 2014 Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, which will again be contested at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
After previously announcing a format change and three-year extension that will keep the tourney at the Orleans through 2016, the league has now moved the dates of the event, changing it from a Wednesday through Monday game slate, to a Thursday through Tuesday fixture list.
At the same time, the conference has widened its broadcast scope, with five tournament games scheduled to be televised on either ESPN 2 (three games) or ESPN (two games). Last year, of the five tourney games televised on the ESPN family of networks, two games were seen on ESPNU, two were shown on ESPN2, with the title game appearing on ESPN.
The BYU football program is about to face its toughest schedule ever. While not grabbing as much attention, the BYU basketball team's 2013-14 schedule is shaping up as a pretty good one, too.
A few games remain to be confirmed, but what we know already is that BYU will:
face two teams from the group comprised of Wichita State, Texas and DePaul in Kansas City, as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
He won't be under the radar like Ziggy Ansah, but in terms of playmaking punch and professional potential, BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy Kyle Van Noy is next in line as a likely first-round NFL draft pick.
A member of the Cougars' 2009 recruiting class that also produced receiver Cody Hoffman, Van Noy joined Bronco Mendenhall's program the following season, and although he started only two games a freshman, by the end of that season he was tied for second on the team in tackles for loss. An impact player was born.
Van Noy's sophomore campaign saw him start eight of 13 games, but his defensive numbers ended up looking like those of an every-snap player.
A recent "Camp Cougar Countdown ‘Fact of the Day'" sent out on my Twitter feed (@gregwrubell) noted that the 2012 BYU Cougars recorded 1,003 offensive plays-—a high-water mark for the Bronco Mendenhall era, and one of the rare thousand-play seasons in BYU Football history.
Yet despite the highest number of snaps in Mendenhall's eight-season tenure, 2012 also resulted in the second-lowest scoring campaign since Mednenhall's run as head coach began in 2005.
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