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BYU to Announce New Coach

BYU to Announce New Coach

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Brigham Young University called a news conference for Monday afternoon to announce the hiring of a new football coach.

BYU issued a news release late Sunday, saying only an announcement would be held at 4 p.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret Morning News reported in Monday's editions that defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall was expected to get the job that opened nearly two weeks ago when Gary Crowton resigned after a third straight losing season. Neither paper cited its sources.

BYU spokesman Jeff Reynolds said Monday he wouldn't comment on the reports before the press conference.

Mendenhall and longtime BYU assistant Lance Reynolds, who has been interim coach since Crowton's resignation, were the in-house candidates to take over for Crowton.

BYU also interviewed Utah defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham, but he declined to return to his alma mater and accepted an offer to take over as coach of the Utes.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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