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SportsBeat recaps Utah's win in Las Vegas Bowl, BYU's hiring of Kalani Sitake

By KSL.com, KSL.com | Posted - Dec 21st, 2015 @ 12:06am


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SALT LAKE CITY — It was a busy week in Las Vegas for the Utes and the Cougars. From "dirty" comments, trash talk, a coaching search and ... oh, a football game.

After so much speculation, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe announced about an hour after the game ended that former Cougar fullback and Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake would be the program's next head coach.

In his final game as head coach of BYU, Bronco Mendenhall said Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl would go down in history as one of the all-time great matchups. The game was good ... but the pregame talk may have been even better, starting with defensive lineman Seni Faounuku's welcome reception speech to punter Tom Hackett's colorful Aussie flair the night before the game.

What kind of legacy does Mendenhall leave at BYU as he heads to Virginia? We take a look at that, too.

The SportsBeat crew was there for it all, and broke it down. Click the video for the complete coverage, including a full-length recap of the Utes' fifth-straight win in the Holy War rivalry series.

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