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BYUtv live coverage of Media Day

Jun 26, 2015 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:34 pm | Updated: June 27, 2015 12:03 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – BYUtv televised 21 consecutive hours of BYU football programming during the fifth-annual BYU Football National Media Day on June 24. Four hours of live programming was featured on BYUtv during the day as well as three hours of live online chats. BYU coaches and staff participated along with more than a dozen players on the 2015 team and 70 football alumni from the past 40 years. Select the links below to watch the new live programs and chats that took place on Media Day. 

BYUtv Live Shows

State of the Program

BYU Sports Nation (special two-hour episode)

Four Decades of Dominance

 

Live Online Chats

Web Chats (8 a.m.)BYU Associate AD Duff Tittle & BYUtv Sports Senior Coordinating Producer Mikel Minor; former QB Ty Detmer & former DB Derwin Gray; former DL Chris Hoke & former DB Omarr Morgan.

Web Chats (12 p.m.) - Tejan Koroma (OL) & Ului Lapuaho (OL); Bronson Kaufusi (DL/LB) & Harvey Langi (LB); Terenn Houk (IR) & Devon Blackmon (WR); Bronco Mendenhall (head coach) & Jamaal Williams (RB).

Web Chats (3 p.m.) - Taysom Hill (QB) & Mitch Mathews (WR); former DE Jan Jorgensen & former TE Dennis Pitta; *Mitchell Juergens (IR) & Garrett Juergens (DB); *Adam Hine (RB/KR) & Kyle Johnson (OL). 

*includes chat in Spanish

Radio Coverage of BYU Football Media Day 2015

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:52 pm | Updated: June 26, 2015 10:38 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Six different radio stations originated their programming live at BYU Media Day, broadcasting a combined 44 hours of football interviews and content throughout the day. Check out many of those interviews below.

KSL Newsradio

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link

Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Mitchell and Garrett Juergens, WR and DB: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

 

BYU Radio/SiriusXM 143

The Matt Townsend Show

Bronco & Holly Mendenhall, head coach & wife: Interview link

BYUtv Simulcast

BYU State of the Program: Audio link (BYU AD Tom Holmoe, head coach Bronco Mendenhall, offensive coordinator Robert Anae, football performance director Frank Wintrich, QB Taysom Hill, RB Jamaal Williams)

BYU Sports Nation: Audio link (BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, former players Glen Kozlowski (WR) & Jonny Harline (TE), QB Taysom Hill, RB Jamaal Williams, WR Mitch Mathews, DE/LB Bronson Kaufusi

Four Decades of Dominance: Audio link (More than 70 former players in attendance with nearly two dozen interviewed)

 

1320 KFAN

Monty in the Morning

Guy Holliday, receivers coach: Interview link

Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Chris Hoke, former BYU DL: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Remington Peck, DL: Interview link

Bronson Kaufusi, DL/LB: Interview link

Derwin Gray, former BYU DB: Interview link

Jonny Harline, former BYU TE: Interview link

Kurt Henderson, WR: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Devon Blackmon, WR: Interview link

Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link

Tejan Koroma, OL: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Gunther in the Afternoon

Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

Travis Tuiloma, DL: Interview link

Adam Hine, RB/KR: Interview link

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Mitchell Juergens, IR: Interview link

Kelly Poppinga, OLB coach/special teams coordinator: Interview link

Napoleon's 2015 BYU Media Day Guide

 

1280 The Zone

DJ & PK
Kelly Poppinga, OLB/Sp. Tms. coach: Interview link

Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

Omarr Morgan, former BYU DB: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

Bronson Kaufusi, DL: Interview link

Remington Peck, DL: Interview link

Jake & Tony
Derwin Gray, former BYU DB: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Jonny Harline, former BYU TE: Interview link

Devon Blackmon, WR: Interview link

Hans & Scotty G
Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link
 
Chris Hoke, former BYU DT: Interview link
 
Gary Sheide, former BYU QB: Interview link
 
 
 
Robert Anae, offensive coordinator: Interview link
 
 
 

The Big Show
Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Jason Beck, QB coach: Interview link

Algie Brown, RB: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

 

ESPN 700

TK in the Midday
Ty Detmer, former BYU QB: Interview link

Glen Kozlowski, former BYU WR: Interview link

Jherremya Leuta-Douyere, LB: Interview link

Harvey Langi, LB: Interview link

Manoa Pikula, LB: Interview link

Kurt Henderson, WR: Interview link

Mitch Mathews, WR: Interview link

 

ESPN 960

Cougar Sports with Ben Criddle
Taysom Hill, QB: Interview link

Tejan Koroma, C: Interview link

Travis Tuiloma, DT: Interview link

Jamaal Williams, RB: Interview link

Algernon Brown, RB: Interview link

Omarr Morgan, former BYU DB: Interview link

Bronco Mendenhall, head coach: Interview link

Guy Holliday, WR coach: Interview link

Media Day Print Roundup

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 2:17 pm | Updated: June 29, 2015 10:52 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – On Wednesday, 21 media companies and 65 media members participated in BYU football media day. Below you will find several of the articles from print outlets:

Deseret News

Return of Hill, Williams provides BYU with plenty of optimism for 2015 season:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631322/BYU-football-BYU-to-play-Toledo-in-2016-Taysom-Hill-Jamaal-Williams-to-be-ready-for-start-of.html

10 memorable quotes from BYU football media day:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631377/Video-10-memorable-quotes-and-reactions-from-BYU-football-media-day.html

Mendenhall opens up about BYU’s independence in the new-world reality:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631373/Mendenhall-opens-up-about-BYUs-indepedence-in-the-new-world-reality.html

Defense aims to turn things around in 2015:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631359/BYU-football-Defense-aims-to-turn-things-around-in-2015.html

Media day roundup: Williams’ health, scheduling and Frank Wintrich:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631335/BYU-Media-Day-roundup-Jamaal-Williams-health-scheduling-and-Frank-Wintrich.html

 

KSL.com

Williams, Hill ready to go for BYU’s season opener at Nebraska:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=272&sid=35224009

BYU adds Toledo to 2016 home schedule in media day announcement:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=272&sid=35219924

 

Performance coach emphasizes whole-player training, team-first attitude

http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/college/byu/football/performance-coach-emphasizes-whole-player-training-team-first-attitude/article_c38296cb-0351-5753-ba1c-8eddd7799cb8.html

 

Salt Lake Tribune

Offensive stars recovering from injury:

http://www.sltrib.com/home/2662115-155/byu-football-offensive-stars-recovering-from

Wounded Cougars tone down the hype at media day:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2661923-155/byu-football-wounded-cougars-tone-down

September will define BYU’s 2015 football season:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2661035-155/kragthorpe-september-will-define-byus-2015

Media day topics include stars’ health, defense’s depth:

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2655806-155/byu-football-media-day-topics-include

 

Standard-Examiner

BYU working to avoid repeat of defensive meltdown:

http://www.standard.net/Sports/2015/06/26/BYU-Football-Media-Day-Feature.html

 

The Spectrum

BYU’s Hill, Williams return from injuries to lead team:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/sports/2015/06/24/byus-williams-hill-return-injuries-lead-team/29251255/

Game time, TV plans announced for BYU-Nebraska game

Jun 12, 2015 - Posted by at 10:31 am | Updated: June 12, 2015 1:59 pm | Permalink

Game time and television plans for BYU's season opener at Nebraska on Sept. 5 have been determined. The Cougars will kick off their 2015 season in a 2:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. MT nationally featured Saturday afternoon matchup on ABC.

Played at historic Memorial Stadium,  the 85,000-seat Memorial Stadium has been home of the Huskers since 1923. Nebraska currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive sellouts with an amazing 340-straight football games selling out, a streak that dates back to 1962.

The Sept. 5 matchup in Lincoln, Nebraska, marks the first meeting between the Cougars and Huskers of the Big Ten.

2015-16 college football bowl schedule announced

Jun 09, 2015 - Posted by at 3:45 pm | Updated: June 9, 2015 9:00 pm | Permalink

ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, has determined the date, time and network for each of the company’s 13 owned and operated bowl games for the 2015 season, including possible bowl destinations for the BYU football program.

ESPN and BYU previously announced the Cougars have accepted an invitation to play in either the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl or the Hawai’i Bowl following the 2015 football season if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff.  

Four bowls on Saturday, Dec. 19 kick off ESPN Event’s bowl season – Celebration Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. All 13 ESPN Events bowls will be aired on ESPN with the exception of the newly created Celebration Bowl and the Las Vegas Bowl, both to be broadcast on ABC on opening day of the bowl season.

Overall, the ESPN family of networks – including ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC – will offer live television coverage of 39 games, including the national semifinals on Dec. 31 and the national championship game. 

The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is set for Saturday, Dec. 19, on ABC at 3:30 p.m. The 24th annual game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas featuring BYU or a Mountain West school against the sixth pick from the Pac-12 Conference.

The Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) for the 11th time from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. In its 14th year, the bowl will be aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. and pits teams from the American Athletic Conference against the Mountain West Conference or BYU.

The complete college football bowl schedule for 2015-16 was also unveiled on Tuesday. The 2015-16 college football postseason will begin with five bowl games on Sat., Dec. 19 and will include a record-setting number of matchups involving schools from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.

In all, 41 postseason games will be played, with 40 of those contests coming in a 2-week window between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2, 2016. New additions to the schedule this season are the Arizona Bowl (Tucson, Ariz.) and the AutoNation Cure Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)

The second College Football Playoff National Championship Game will wrap up the collegiate schedule on Mon., Jan. 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Select the following link to see the complete postseason schedule, with dates, kickoff times, conference matchups and television partners.

Athletics recognized at The Golden Hashtags

May 28, 2015 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:07 pm | Permalink

The BYU University Communications team hosted the third annual BYU Social Media Awards – The Golden Hashtags, an event to recognize departments and affiliated organizations for their savvy online efforts.

The Athletic Department received the award Best of Show for the #BYU50 giveaway that was held prior to the 2014 football season. For #BYU50, BYU athletic marketing placed boxes of BYU merchandise in different states each day. Fans then raced to claim the boxes using photo clues shared on the BYU Cougars Twitter account.

The campaign was organized by David Almodova, director of athletic marketing, and his team, and Stuart Call, director of social media.

Click here for more info on the #BYU50 campaign.

Click here for more info on the Golden Hashtags.

May Baseball Blog

May 26, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 7:12 am | Updated: May 26, 2015 9:54 am | Permalink

POPPING BUTTONS: There have been several proud moments during the season. Among the top is a true button-popping celebration at home plate following Jarrett Jarvis' walk-off home run in a 4-3 victory at Saint Mary's College. All six-buttons were ripped off Jarvis' jersey No. 16 in the celebration which not only gave BYU the win, but the No. 3 seed going into the WCC Tournament. If buttons could sprout instead of being popped off, then seeds for future Cougar victories have been planted among the lost buttons at Louis Guisto Field. Log on to see the walk-off home run by Jarvis at Saint Mary's.

SEASON'S GREETINGS: Not at Christmas time, but at the end of the regular season were greetings exchanged between a couple of Cougars and some acquaintances on the UNLV baseball team. Now in different leagues, players from the two teams were staying at the same hotel prior to BYU playing at Santa Clara and UNLV playing at San Jose State. As the Cougars got off the bus at the hotel, greetings were exchanged between Cole Wilstead, Tanner Chauncey and Brennon Lund with some of the Rebels. Wilstead played previously at UNLV where he hosted Rebel Joey Armstrong on a recruiting trip and exchanged greetings this month with him, a former roommate and some other buddies on that team. Chauncey is from Las Vegas and knew several of the 17 Nevadans on the UNLV roster. Lund knew a Utahn from West Jordan on the Rebel roster. UNLV got rained out its first night in San Jose, while BYU was able to play nearby at Santa Clara that same night after a welcome, long-needed rain to drought stricken California.

BANDAGES PART ONE & TWO: Part one was the bandage removed somewhat from junior outfielder Eric Urry, who dislocated his middle finger on his throwing hand last month. Urry pinch-ran in the Santa Clara and Pacific series this month and in the WCC Tournament game against San Diego. Prior to the Santa Clara series, he was permitted to take dry swings off a hitting tee and could have hit a whiffle ball. He then took a pinch-hit at bat in the make-up game at Saint Mary's.

Part two, is a splint applied to the thumb of team manager Brett Adams who dislocated it diving for a home run shot in the pre-game batting practice by the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco. The Giants hosted the Cougars on the field for their batting practice prior to the Cougars going to places like the right field seats above McCovey Cove. Adams eventually retrieved the ball and received treatment in an aid station at the ballpark.

POPULAR TWEET:  Our hostess who helped the BYU team get on the field at AT&T Ballpark was in charge of social media for the San Francisco Giants.  She took this photo of Kolton Mahoney and some of his teammates taking a selfie at the Giants' batting practice, posted it on San Francisco's team twitter site and we retweeted it.  That tweet is one of the most popular tweets on BYU's twitter account. You can view this popular tweet on this link.

PRO CHANGES: Marcus Littlewood, son of head coach Mike Littlewood, was promoted earlier this month from the Seattle Mariner's club in Bakersfield, California, to the Jackson Generals in Tennessee where he will play in the same AA league as former Cougars Jacob Hannemann and Adam Miller. Former Cougar Matt Carson was traded back to the Oakland A's from his AAA assignment in Oklahoma with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SUMMER LEAGUE ASSIGNMENTS: Brennon Lund and Mason Marshall to the Battle Creek Bombers in Michigan; Riley Gates to the Duluth Huskies in Minnesota; Blake Brailsford to Newark; Maverik Buffo and Colton Shaver to the Washington D.C. Grays; Seth Huxford to the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets in Saskatchewan, Canada; Brady Corless to Orleans in the Cap Cod League; Brian Hsu to the Menlo Oaks in California; Court Iorg and Keaton Cenatiempo to the Palm Springs Power in California; Bronson Larsen and Cole Wilstead to the Bellingham Bells in Washington; and Wyatt Padgett to the Rochester Honkers in New York;

DROUGHT IN DRY CREEK: BYU's baseball team took a day off on the Sunday when it was in transit in California to attend church services in Campbell, California, after completing the three-game series at Santa Clara prior to winning the make-up game the next day at Saint Mary's College. The Cougars attended the Dry Creek Ward Conference where they learned more about the drought in California. Ironically, it had rained in nearby San Jose a couple days earlier and there was a steady rain back home in Utah. In a game the end of last month at Utah Valley University there was an out-pouring of water when the sprinklers accidently turned on for 10 minutes in the seventh inning of BYU's 5-2 victory.

OLDEST FAN: No word on how old this gentleman was, but Coach Mike Littlewood stopped en route to a post-game interview in the press box at Santa Clara to chat with a man using a walker. The man said he was the oldest Cougar fan in San Jose, so Littlewood had Cougar equipment manager Steve Bushman present the elderly fan with an official BYU baseball cap. The oldest BYU fan in Stockton was 86-year-old Dee Bird (BYU class `55 bachelors & '59 masters) who watched BYU play Pepperdine in the WCC Tournament.To see Dee Bird on our Twitter account, go to this link.

VIDEO CLIPS: In case you missed them, here's links to the play at Santa Clara which robbed Bronson Larsen of a sure double and Coach Mike Littlewood being "miked" up at the WCC Tournament.

Bravo, Bull and Broderick earn NFCA All-Pacific Region

May 14, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:51 am | Updated: May 18, 2015 10:55 am | Permalink

BYU softball’s Gordy Bravo, McKenna Bull and Sydney Broderick were all named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Pacific Region Third Team Thursday.

Bravo played a major role in centerfield and hitting in the leadoff spot. She recorded a .444 batting average with 76 hits and 51 runs scored. She notched nine doubles, two triples, four home runs and 101 total bases while driving in 30 runs, leading the Cougars in on-base percentage (.510) and ranking second in slugging (.591).

The ace pitcher Bull recorded one of the most productive seasons in BYU history. She posted a 34-9 record with a 2.31 ERA while appearing in 46 games with 29 complete games including eight shutouts. Opponents had a .227 average against her as she tallied 256 strikeouts during the regular season. Ranking in the top five in the nation, Bull set the school mark for most victories in a single season by breaking former Cougar pitcher Paige Affleck’s 2010 mark of 32.

The catcher Broderick contributed behind the plate in Bull’s productive season. She hit .358 with 12 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and a team-leading 44 RBI. She also posted a .599 slugging percentage and caught nine runners stealing.

View the full list of All-Region honorees on the NFCA website.

BYU conducts Southern California FanFest

May 13, 2015 - Posted by at 2:30 pm | Updated: May 13, 2015 2:38 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics visited Southern California on Tuesday, conducting a FanFest event for Cougar Fans in the Golden Gate state. 

Football head coach Bronco Mendenhall and men's basketball head coach Dave Rose took part in the event along with several players on the football and men's basketball teams and members of the BYU administration and cheer squad. Of course, Cosmo was on hand as well. 

The event took place in Irvine, California, and was enjoyed by a large gathering of fans. Among the many festivities featured at the event were autograph signings, photo opportunities and fun activities for kids. Check out the photos below and this full photo gallery on Facebook to see more.  

Quinn Lawlor drafted by CFL's Montreal Alouettes

May 13, 2015 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 1:30 pm | Updated: May 13, 2015 1:40 pm | Permalink

Former BYU offensive lineman Quinn Lawlor was drafted in the sixth round, 48th overall, by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2015 Canadian Football League Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 306-pounder will reunite with former Cougar wideout Cody Hoffman in Montreal. Hoffman signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes earlier this year.

Lawlor played in seven games for BYU during his career. He prepped at Orem High School and was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Alongside Hoffman, Lawlor joins BYU alums John Beck and Austin Collie in the CFL. Beck and Collie are with the BC Lions.




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