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Here's where BYU's Barcello, Utah State's Bean will begin their NBA careers

Here's where BYU's Barcello, Utah State's Bean will begin their NBA careers

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 24 - 4:51 p.m.

Utah State's Justin Bean signed an Exhibit 10 with contract with the LA Clippers, while BYU's Alex Barcello will join the Toronto Raptors' summer league squad that opens July 9 in Las Vegas.
50 years since Title IX, BYU women just had a banner year

50 years since Title IX, BYU women just had a banner year

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 23 - 6:29 p.m.

From national titles in cross country and track and field to championship runs in soccer to the continued elevation of a women's volleyball program that has been among the nation's best for over a decade, BYU is proving to be a school where female athletes thrive.
With Big 12 near, BYU football opens casual media day with roster, scheduling updates

With Big 12 near, BYU football opens casual media day with roster, scheduling updates

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated June 22 - 4:47 p.m.

Here's what we learned from Wednesday's day-long interview-fest of BYU players, coaches and administrators at the final team-specific football media day before the Cougars join the Big 12 in 2023.
BYU athletics has new leadership structure with eye toward Big 12

BYU athletics has new leadership structure with eye toward Big 12

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 11:33 a.m.

One day before the final football media day as an FBS independent, BYU Athletics received a facelift.
Can BYU women's soccer thrive immediately in the Big 12?

Can BYU women's soccer thrive immediately in the Big 12?

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 11:32 a.m.

There's still one year left of independence, but in many ways, the program has to prepare for the Big 12 now. And for BYU soccer, they already have.
Coming home: Latest US callup may be most important for former BYU star Ashley Hatch

Coming home: Latest US callup may be most important for former BYU star Ashley Hatch

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 17 - 9:32 a.m.

Hatch was one of 23 players selected by head coach Vlatko Andonovski named to the United States' roster for the upcoming CONCACAF W Championships in Mexico.
BYU basketball adds Arkansas transfer Jaxson Robinson

BYU basketball adds Arkansas transfer Jaxson Robinson

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 16 - 5:29 p.m.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing from Ada, Oklahoma, will transfer to BYU after spending time at Arkansas and Texas A&M, Robinson told On3 Sports.
Patrick Kinahan: Conference affiliations and opinions aside, BYU and Utah each have only one real rival

Patrick Kinahan: Conference affiliations and opinions aside, BYU and Utah each have only one real rival

Patrick Kinahan for KSL.com  |  Posted June 14 - 10:26 a.m.

Utah football's impressive run over the last full three seasons in the Pac-12 has created better storylines in the conference but won't alter one undeniable fact.
BYU's Courtney Wayment smashes NCAA record for steeplechase national title

BYU's Courtney Wayment smashes NCAA record for steeplechase national title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 11 - 6:49 p.m.

Wayment led wire-to-wire, powering through a meet-record 9:16.00 to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase national title.
BYU wraps up NCAA men's track and field competition with 3 more All-Americans

BYU wraps up NCAA men's track and field competition with 3 more All-Americans

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 10:35 p.m.

BYU men's track and field wrapped up the NCAA national championships with three more All-America honors in Friday's finale at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Big 12 will officially expand to 14 in 2023 after AAC reaches agreement

Big 12 will officially expand to 14 in 2023 after AAC reaches agreement

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 12:48 p.m.

The new Big 12 family is sticking together, beginning in the summer of 2023.
Ashton Riner's javelin title highlights BYU women's first day of NCAA championships

Ashton Riner's javelin title highlights BYU women's first day of NCAA championships

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 9 - 10:49 p.m.

Ashton Riner's first throw of the javelin gave BYU women its first field title since 1992 on the first day of the NCAA women's outdoor track and field championships.
McWhorter vaults BYU into scoring position on first day of NCAA track and field championships

McWhorter vaults BYU into scoring position on first day of NCAA track and field championships

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 8 - 10:41 p.m.

McWhorter, the No. 2-ranked pole vaulter in the country and BYU record holder, finished in sixth place after clearing a height of 18 feet, 4 1/2 inches to lead the Cougars.
BYU baseball promotes Trent Pratt to head coach

BYU baseball promotes Trent Pratt to head coach

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 8 - 1:57 p.m.

An interim no more, the Cougar baseball team took the tag off Trent Pratt's title Wednesday afternoon, announcing him as the 14th head coach in program history.
After retirement from BYU, Dave Rose looks for healing after several health struggles

After retirement from BYU, Dave Rose looks for healing after several health struggles

Kathy Aiken for KSL.com  |  Posted June 8 - 8:42 a.m.

Dave Rose and his wife, Cheryl, had big plans for the future; that is until several major health challenges put those plans on hold.
Walk-on to running for a title: BYU's Fernandez among 21 bids at NCAA championships

Walk-on to running for a title: BYU's Fernandez among 21 bids at NCAA championships

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 9:48 p.m.

A rare 800-meter qualifier, Fernandez is one of 21 bids from BYU headed to the national meet, which ties for the eighth-best mark nationally. Texas leads all schools with 33 entries.
Former BYU guard Alex Barcello works out for Utah Jazz

Former BYU guard Alex Barcello works out for Utah Jazz

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 1:59 p.m.

Alex Barcello isn't expected to be picked on June 23, but hat hasn't allowed to stop his NBA dreams. In fact, he's used that to fuel them.
Burnout, mental health on mind at BYU, Utah coaches' annual charity golf event

Burnout, mental health on mind at BYU, Utah coaches' annual charity golf event

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 6 - 5:06 p.m.

Burnout was certainly on the minds of both BYU coach Kalani Sitake and Utah counterpart Kyle Whittingham.
What happened during BYU's first spring meetings with the Big 12

What happened during BYU's first spring meetings with the Big 12

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 3 - 3:09 p.m.

Here's a look at what happened during the Big 12 Conference's annual spring meetings in Dallas, Texas.
After coaching change, BYU star Shaylee Gonzales enters transfer portal

After coaching change, BYU star Shaylee Gonzales enters transfer portal

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated June 3 - 11:08 a.m.

The 5-foot-10 guard has put her name in the transfer portal after the coach who recruited her to BYU retired.
Summerhays, ASU fall to Texas in NCAA golf final; BYU, Utah finish outside top 20

Summerhays, ASU fall to Texas in NCAA golf final; BYU, Utah finish outside top 20

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 1 - 7:58 p.m.

Preston Summerhays' storybook freshman season of college golf came within a hair of a national title Wednesday afternoon on his home course.
Who is Kahil Fennell? Here's how, why the former Louisville assistant came to BYU

Who is Kahil Fennell? Here's how, why the former Louisville assistant came to BYU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 30 - 10:38 a.m.

How did a former Rainbow Warriors fan who played high school basketball in California and most recently worked at Louisville for the past four years wind up on Mark Pope's staff with BYU basketball?
BYU earns 21 bids to NCAA track and field nationals; SUU, UVU, Utah add 7 more

BYU earns 21 bids to NCAA track and field nationals; SUU, UVU, Utah add 7 more

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 29 - 4:41 p.m.

The Cougars earned 12 bids to the NCAA championships from the men's team and nine more from the women's team after the NCAA West preliminary in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Why BYU golf played 18 holes before joining Utes, rest of field at NCAA meet

Why BYU golf played 18 holes before joining Utes, rest of field at NCAA meet

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 27 - 8:02 a.m.

Cole Ponich shot 1-under-par 69 to lead the Cougars' third round Thursday, which will replace Sunday's round in a meet that also features the Utes' first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988.
How 2 freshmen from Mississippi left mark on BYU baseball ahead of WCC Tournament

How 2 freshmen from Mississippi left mark on BYU baseball ahead of WCC Tournament

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 9:33 a.m.

Collin Reuter and Ozzie Pratt have made an instant impact as best friends, high school teammates and now freshmen at BYU.
Double trouble: Former BYU star Elijah Bryant wins rare NBA, EuroLeague titles

Double trouble: Former BYU star Elijah Bryant wins rare NBA, EuroLeague titles

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 21 - 3:53 p.m.

Elijah Bryant, who won an NBA title last year in a reserve role with the Milwaukee Bucks, had a team-high eight rebounds in Anadolu Efes' 58-57 win over Real Madrid in the EuroLeague final.
BYU football looking for recruiting director as Jasen Ah You moves to assistant AD role

BYU football looking for recruiting director as Jasen Ah You moves to assistant AD role

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 20 - 2:15 p.m.

Former BYU recruiting director Jasen Ah You has been promoted to assistant athletic director for football academics.
Why BYU went to high school ranks to tap first female women's hoops coach since 1997

Why BYU went to high school ranks to tap first female women's hoops coach since 1997

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 20 - 2:03 p.m.

Whiting will be the seventh women's basketball coach at BYU in the NCAA era, and the first female coach to lead the program since Soni Adams in 1997.
Utah's prep, collegiate distance running has led to a rise in prominence on national scene

Utah's prep, collegiate distance running has led to a rise in prominence on national scene

Jacob Nielson for KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 11:04 a.m.

Utah is one of the distance running capitals of the country — on the prep and collegiate scene. And its talent is on full display at the UHSAA State Track Championships this weekend.
BYU hires alumna Amber Whiting to lead women's basketball program

BYU hires alumna Amber Whiting to lead women's basketball program

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 18 - 6:24 p.m.

The Cougars announced Wednesday the hiring of Amber Whiting to replace recently retired Jeff Judkins, becoming the seven head coach in BYU's NCAA history dating back to 1972.
Utah baseball strikes back, takes series from BYU with 12-7 win

Utah baseball strikes back, takes series from BYU with 12-7 win

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 17 - 10:37 p.m.

Alex Baeza had three RBIs and a run scored, and Chase Anderson added three RBIs as Utah struck back to snap a nine-game losing streak with a 12-7 win over archrival BYU.
Patrick Kinahan: Former BYU football star Kyle Van Noy tackles important issues for children

Patrick Kinahan: Former BYU football star Kyle Van Noy tackles important issues for children

Patrick Kinahan for KSL.com  |  Posted May 17 - 10:32 a.m.

This story hits home more than most, both for an NFL great and a curmudgeon writer turned sports talk radio host.
Have team, could travel? 3 schools BYU should call to replace 2023 opener

Have team, could travel? 3 schools BYU should call to replace 2023 opener

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 16 - 6:34 p.m.

Tennessee isn't coming to Provo in 2023 after all, after the Volunteers announced a game with Virginia in Nashville to replace the 2023 season opener at BYU.
Big Sky champion Weber State receives NCAA softball tourney bid; BYU, Utah left out

Big Sky champion Weber State receives NCAA softball tourney bid; BYU, Utah left out

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 15 - 6:08 p.m.

The Wildcats are going dancing after shutting out the Big Sky softball tournament. The Utes and Cougars, not so much.
BYU basketball signed a player from Kanye West's prep school. No, really

BYU basketball signed a player from Kanye West's prep school. No, really

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 13 - 3:53 p.m.

The latest player to BYU's recruiting class of 2022 comes from Donda Academy, the Simi Valley, California-based prep school founded by rap mogul and societal icon Kanye West.
Broken Wheel: BYU, Utah State put in-state rivalry on hold 'for now'

Broken Wheel: BYU, Utah State put in-state rivalry on hold 'for now'

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12 - 11:39 a.m.

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe was always going to have to make some tough scheduling choices as his team transitioned to the Big 12.
How BYU softball star Zavodnik is finding her voice, stomach as sophomore

How BYU softball star Zavodnik is finding her voice, stomach as sophomore

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 9 - 11:31 a.m.

Zavodnik is batting a team-high .397 to lead the Cougars to a 38-10 record and one game back of LMU for what would be their eighth-straight West Coast Conference title.
BYU basketball earns commitment from transfer guard Rudi Williams

BYU basketball earns commitment from transfer guard Rudi Williams

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 7 - 12:14 p.m.

Finally, some good news for BYU basketball out of the transfer portal.
'This is home': New player personnel director brings Power 5 experience to BYU

'This is home': New player personnel director brings Power 5 experience to BYU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 4 - 8:32 p.m.

In his new (and also, returning) role, former BYU receiver Justin Anderson will work under Sitake's support staff, working closely with recruiting coordinator Jasen Ah You.
Why Kalani Sitake added 8 new roles to BYU football support staff

Why Kalani Sitake added 8 new roles to BYU football support staff

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 2 - 2:40 p.m.

The moves are a continuation of athletic director Tom Holmoe's "unprecedented" extension offered to Kalani Sitake through the 2027 season.
After being 'slept on almost my whole life,' Allgeier eager for chance with Falcons

After being 'slept on almost my whole life,' Allgeier eager for chance with Falcons

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 1 - 6:31 p.m.

The journey to the NFL has been filled with hardships, from the time he almost died as an infant to being raised by a single mother.
After nearly 3 years, BYU women's rugby breaks through for 'repeat' national title

After nearly 3 years, BYU women's rugby breaks through for 'repeat' national title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 1 - 9:38 a.m.

BYU women's rugby had to "defend" the 2019 national title for three years due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where local high school and college football standouts signed during the 2022 NFL draft

Where local high school and college football standouts signed during the 2022 NFL draft

Sean Walker and Josh Furlong, KSL.com  |  Updated May 1 - 7:48 a.m.

After three days of drafting, a number of other players are getting called up for a shot at the NFL, too.
BYU RB Tyler Allgeier drafted in 5th round by Atlanta Falcons

BYU RB Tyler Allgeier drafted in 5th round by Atlanta Falcons

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 30 - 12:23 p.m.

Former BYU running back Tyler Allgeier was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round with the 151st overall pick Saturday.
With USC cancellation, BYU's first Big 12 football schedule virtually complete

With USC cancellation, BYU's first Big 12 football schedule virtually complete

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 28 - 11:18 a.m.

USC officially canceled its home game with BYU in 2023, replacing the November contest with a Week 0 date against San Jose State.
How interim coach Trent Pratt is keeping BYU baseball's season afloat

How interim coach Trent Pratt is keeping BYU baseball's season afloat

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 26 - 11:48 a.m.

When the BYU baseball team was stunned by the sudden and abrupt resignation of longtime manager Mike Littlewood two weeks ago, the Cougars faced a choice.
Former BYU forward Caleb Lohner commits to Big 12 future — at Baylor

Former BYU forward Caleb Lohner commits to Big 12 future — at Baylor

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 22 - 9:11 p.m.

Caleb Lohner, who starred in a Dallas suburb before transferring to Wasatch Academy and matriculating to BYU, is headed home to play for Baylor.
Why BYU signee Collin Chandler thinks Cougars will 'come back stronger' after tumultuous week

Why BYU signee Collin Chandler thinks Cougars will 'come back stronger' after tumultuous week

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 22 - 4:29 p.m.

Collin Chandler told BYUtv "this is my new home," which had to sound like reassuring mana for a BYU fan base.
Gideon George withdraws from transfer portal, likely returning to BYU after draft check

Gideon George withdraws from transfer portal, likely returning to BYU after draft check

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 21 - 3:21 p.m.

The ongoing soap opera of the BYU basketball team's offseason took another turn Thursday.
How 2 Seattle Storm stars are helping make Paisley Harding's pro dreams come true

How 2 Seattle Storm stars are helping make Paisley Harding's pro dreams come true

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 21 - 10:33 a.m.

On one side of her locker sits Sue Bird, the 12-time all-star who just re-signed with Seattle for her 21st season. On the other sits Breanna Stewart, the former UConn star and two-time WNBA finals MVP.
Roberts helps Utah baseball walk off with come-from-behind win over BYU

Roberts helps Utah baseball walk off with come-from-behind win over BYU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 19 - 11:50 p.m.

Former Skyridge High standout Kai Roberts plated Davis Cop with the game-winning-run in the bottom of the ninth.
Another BYU basketball player is in the transfer portal

Another BYU basketball player is in the transfer portal

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 19 - 7:06 p.m.

Gavin Baxter has entered the transfer portal after the 6-foot-9 Timpview High alum spent four injured-plagued campaigns with the Cougars.
Patrick Kinahan: Soap opera drama surrounds BYU basketball

Patrick Kinahan: Soap opera drama surrounds BYU basketball

Patrick Kinahan for KSL.com  |  Posted April 19 - 10:27 a.m.

Please, for the sake of his well-being, somebody tell Nick Emery to cease trashing Mark Pope and the BYU basketball program at every turn.
Transfer SZN is real for BYU basketball, and former players are speaking out about it

Transfer SZN is real for BYU basketball, and former players are speaking out about it

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 19 - 8:41 a.m.

Caleb Lohner and Gideon George are reportedly hitting the transfer portal, with neither planning on returning to BYU. But that's only half the story, some former players contend.
BYU women's basketball coach Jeff Judkins retires after 21 years with program

BYU women's basketball coach Jeff Judkins retires after 21 years with program

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated April 14 - 11:52 a.m.

After 21 years leading the program, BYU women's basketball coach Jeff Judkins is calling it a career.
Cougarettes' 22nd national title highlights locals' strong weekend at national meet

Cougarettes' 22nd national title highlights locals' strong weekend at national meet

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 14 - 8:18 a.m.

Instead of the celebratory photo with one championship trophy, the Cougarettes had two.
With Chris Burgess moving on to Utah, who might BYU hire to replace him?

With Chris Burgess moving on to Utah, who might BYU hire to replace him?

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 13 - 8:32 p.m.

The Utes hit a home-run hire with the addition of Chris Burgess at his second alma mater. But where does that leave Mark Pope and BYU basketball just a year before joining the Big 12?
Who will replace Bob Bowlsby as Big 12 commish, and where does BYU fit into new league?

Who will replace Bob Bowlsby as Big 12 commish, and where does BYU fit into new league?

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 13 - 8:19 a.m.

Longtime Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced last week he is stepping away from the commissioner's chair, putting to a close a 40-year career in college athletics as he prepares for the next phase of his career, likely retirement.
After decade in Provo, Mike Littlewood abruptly resigns as BYU baseball skipper

After decade in Provo, Mike Littlewood abruptly resigns as BYU baseball skipper

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 1:42 p.m.

Littlewood resigns after leading the Cougars to a 262-208 record since taking over in 2012, including three West Coast Conference regular season titles.