SALT LAKE CITY — In a special edition of SportsBeat, we re-live the best moments and biggest stories of 2015. Some of the biggest happened in the last month of the year, including Bronco Mendenhall announcing Dec. 4 he was leaving for Virginia after 11 years as BYU's head football coach.
The news came as BYU was preparing for a big rivalry game in Las Vegas, the first-ever meeting between the Cougars and archrival Utah at a neutral site in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Utah went on to win the game, 35-28 — and we also learned that after a couple years' absence, the rivalry is still on.
An hour after the game, BYU announced Kalani Sitake as the next head football coach, becoming the first former player under legendary coach LaVell Edwards to lead the program. He quickly began putting together his staff, including offensive coordinator Ty Detmer, defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki and assistant head coach Ed Lamb from Southern Utah.
We also take a look back at some of the biggest moments on the field, court and pitch from the previous year, such as the Runnin' Utes run to the Sweet 16 and the Utah Jazz's trade of Enes Kanter to Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, in Logan, a college basketball legend stepped down as Stew Morrill announced his retirement.
We also take a moment to remember all the sports figures we lost in 2015. Click the link, and let's re-live the best the year had to offer.