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Cougars prep for Keeton, Aggies

Posted Sep 30th - 9:12pm by Greg Wrubell

Having won 12 of the last 13 meetings with their Cache Valley counterparts, the BYU Cougars visit Utah State on Friday night. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall calls the contest "a great instate should be an exciting game."

Asked to contrast the game with BYU's other historical instate rivalry, Mendenhall on Monday said "it's a different kind of rivalry" than the one with the Utah Utes.

"I'm not saying it's better or worse," Mendenhall noted after his team's late afternoon practice, "but it's just different, and I think it should be. Different teams, a little bit more distance, but still I think (it's) a great game, and it has been the past number of years--it has gone right down to the end."

BYU Football with Bronco Mendenhall 9-25-13

Posted Sep 26th - 8:50am by Jason Ludlow, Contributor

PROVO — Losing to your rival is not easy, especially when it happens four years in a row. After BYU suffered yet another close defeat to the University of Utah last week, head coach Bronco Mendenhall said the team was extremely disappointed but anxious to get back to work and improve.

"It was a difficult loss. A lot of emotion went into the game, and lot of emotion came out of the game," said Mendenhall. "The best way to rebound and show resiliency is to get right back to work. I was thankful for a shorter week just to get back to improving our team and helping it reach its potential."

The players dedicated this week of practice to getting back on track before the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State ride into Provo Friday night.

Cougars preparing for a fast, tough Middle Tennessee team

Posted Sep 25th - 1:37pm by Reggie Lewis, Contributor

PROVO — Coming off a bitter loss to rival Utah, the Cougars are using the short week to prepare for an upset-minded Middle Tennessee State team. The Blue Raiders come into Provo Friday night with a 3-1 record and they have the Cougars full attention.

"They look like a tough team. They look like they're going to give us a good run for the money, but if we go out there and do what we need to do, we're going to have a lot of fun" said BYU running back Adam Hine.


Anae on BYU offensive woes: 'Guys are really trying; the execution is not there.'

Posted Sep 24th - 8:17pm by Greg Wrubell

As BYU prepares for Friday night's home meeting with Middle Tennessee, the Cougars are pulling up the rear in the national passing stats--unfamiliar territory for a program credited with helping to introduce high-octane aerials to the modern college game.

Offensive coordinator Robert Anae, who as a lineman blocking for some of the school's most prolific quarterbacks in the 1980s, is acutely aware of the struggles and the stats, and acknowledges that ranking 123rd of 123 FBS teams in pass efficiency is "kind of a sign of the stage of where we're at right now."

"The pass game has not been effective," said Anae after Tuesday's practice, "and the run game has been spotty as well. It has got to be tightened down on all levels."

BYU's Rose recovering and 'feeling really good'

Posted Sep 24th - 3:23pm by Greg Wrubell

Since surgery to remove a cancer from his pancreas more than four years ago, BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose has returned to the Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City every six months, for routine diagnostic scans. "It's an interesting way to live," Rose says of the regular visits.

After years of clean reports, his most recent scan revealed cancer 'spots.' The decision was made to perform surgery to remove the cancerous tissue.

Two weeks ago Monday, Rose underwent the procedure, followed by days of recovery in the hospital. On Sunday, Sept. 15, Rose returned to his Provo home. Today, he is well into the recovery process and on track to lead his team when practice begins on October 7th.

Mendenhall on 1-2 start: 'We've been here before ... I'm not hitting the panic button.'

Posted Sep 23rd - 9:14pm by Greg Wrubell

Acknowledging that his team was "disappointed" and "saddened" by Saturday's 20-13 home loss to Utah, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall on Monday said a short week before the Cougars' next game would be "the best medicine" for his team.

Mendenhall said Friday night's home meeting with Middle Tennessee "forced (his players) to get right back to work."

"I was impressed with their practice habits today," Mendenhall told media members Monday evening, "and their resiliency and looking forward to getting back to work. That's the temperament and the mood I saw today."

Notre Dame transfer Chris Badger eligible to play immediately for BYU

Posted Sep 19th - 2:28pm by Jason Shepherd

PROVO — BYU announced on Thursday that the NCAA has approved a waiver request by the Cougars on behalf of Notre Dame transfer Chris Badger to allow the defensive back to play this season.

The approval makes the redshirt freshman eligible for competition immediately.

A native of Provo, Utah, Badger prepped at Timpview High School. After finishing his high school career in 2009, he enrolled mid-year at Notre Dame before serving an LDS mission during the 2010-2011 seasons. He returned to Notre Dame for the 2012 season where he completed his redshirt year.

Mendenhall, Falslev open up about rivalry game

Posted Sep 19th - 7:57am by Sean Walker, Contributor

PROVO — BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall knows what it takes to beat Utah in the team's annual rivalry meeting.

For three straight years, though, that victory has eluded him. Moreover, his attempted to squelch the flames of over-enthusiasm by approaching the battle of in-state foes as ‘just another game.'

With time running out for some of his most talented recruits to finish their BYU careers with a win, Mendenhall is trying something different.

BYU linebacker Hadley suspended

Posted Sep 17th - 2:53pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU will enter Saturday's game with Utah missing one of its most important defensive players.

Senior linebacker Spencer Hadley has been suspended for five games, as the result of an honor code violation.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced an indefinite suspension in an afternoon press release, citing a violation of team rules; school spokesperson Carri Jenkins later released a statement, in which the five-game term was attached to Hadley's suspension.

Mendenhall, Cougars prepare for 'unique and special' game

Posted Sep 16th - 9:42pm by Greg Wrubell

The BYU football team was back on the outdoor practice fields Monday afternoon, but if a bye week freshened the team ahead of its meeting with Utah, head coach Bronco Mendenhall had a hard time seeing it.

"If I were to say from what I saw today," said Mendenhall, "it's been the other way. It looks like our players were sluggish and kind of bored; it's like 'when are we going to play the game already?'... and we're not prepared to play it yet."

"If I had to do it again, just after experiencing (the bye week), I would have rather had the (Utah) game come right after Texas...after going through it, it seems like a month since we played."

BYU and Utah announce football series in 2017 and 2018

Posted Sep 16th - 1:37pm by Jason Shepherd

PROVO — Brigham Young University and the University of Utah announced on Monday that the two schools have agreed to a home-and-home football series to be played in 2017 and 2018.

The game in 2017 will be played on Sept. 9 in Provo, while the game in Salt lake City is scheduled for Nov. 24, 2018.

"As many people are aware we have been working on these two games for awhile," said BYU AD Tom Holmoe in the official release. "It's an important historical series for the state and the fans of both schools. It's nice to have it completed."

BYU bye-week bits: 44 facts

Posted Sep 11th - 2:46pm by Greg Wrubell

With the BYU Cougars off until their home game with Utah on Sept. 21, here, in no particular order, are a few football facts to tide you over during the bye week.

Those who follow me on Twitter (@gregwrubell) have seen some or most of these posted on my feed in recent days.


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.


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."


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, 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, 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."


"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, 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."

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