In contrast to 2013, when BYU Football Media Day was used to announce a number of key news items, the 2014 version came and went on Monday without any major pronouncements from head coach Bronco Mendenhall or athletic director Tom Holmoe.
Both noted general satisfaction with the football program's current path as an FBS independent, notwithstanding Mendenhall's recent comments about his desire that BYU eventually find a home in a league like the Big 12.
The pair also addressed the school's internal review into potential football-related NCAA violations, with Holmoe acknowledging that BYU has reported findings to the NCAA, adding that any violations would be in "a lower category...not a major issue."
It's that time again, Cougar fans. With Greg Wrubell away, he has entrusted me with this week's 'Cougar Quiz.'
These ten questions will test your knowledge on Cougar players, both past and present, BYU records and little-known facts. Some of the answers may surprise you.
Everyone likes to have bragging rights, so once you've completed the quiz, make sure you share it with your friends.
BYU football training camp opens seven weeks from Friday, with the season-opener at UConn following four weeks later.
Every week leading up to camp, I'm putting out a 'Cougar Quiz' that will challenge even the hardest of hard-core BYU football fans.
Any score of 50% or better should be considered respectable; if you ace the quiz, you might have a chance to replace my stats guy Ralph Sokolowsky when he retires.
PROVO — Three months after tearing his ACL in the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth is feeling very positive about his future on the court.
Things didn’t look so bright, however, back on March 11 as the Cougars faced Gonzaga in the WCC title game. A routine rebound with less than 14 minutes remaining in the game left Collinsworth in pain on the floor and the team wondering if they had lost one of their best players right before the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA is the latest Pac-12 team to do a scheduling deal with BYU, bringing to eight the number of league teams with future games scheduled against the Cougars.
On Thursday, BYU announced a two-game series with the Bruins, with games scheduled at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Sept. 19, 2015, and at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Sept. 17, 2016.
"I'm excited for this series with UCLA," said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. "It's a great matchup versus an opponent rich in football tradition, and a team that will be fighting for a Pac-12 championship. It's also a great opportunity for our large fan base in Southern California to see the Cougars play in the Rose Bowl—one of the most storied football venues in the country."
Your weekly knowledge-drop returns with ten more questions designed to separate the hard-core BYU fan from the casual Cougar observer.
The previous six quizzes have seen the average score top the 50% plateau only twice; we'll see how Cougar Nation does this time around.
So, take the quiz, compare your score and then be sure to share the quiz with friends.
PROVO — BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe was appointed to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee on Wednesday.
Holmoe will replace former West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, who is leaving the committee and his position as commissioner to become the deputy commissioner and COO of the Pac- 12 Conference.
“Jamie has been an incredible asset to the men’s basketball committee and to the championship as a whole, and we wish him continued success as he prepares to leave for the Pac-12,” said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s vice president for men’s basketball. “Tom has a tremendous amount of respect from his colleagues in collegiate athletics and is an ideal choice to replace Jamie. We look forward to his contributions to the group.”
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.
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