The Deseret News was out in force for BYU football media day in Provo. Brandon Gurney, Dick Harmon, Matt Petersen and Brandon Judd were on the ground getting the scoop. Landon Hemsley and Whitney O’Bannon were in Salt Lake City coordinating and producing live web coverage for DeseretNews.com
Hemsley, always in touch with the reporters in Provo, live blogged on the news of the day here throughout the event.
That concludes this live blog. Thanks so much for joining us!
Here’s an excerpt from Brad Rock’s column:
Things Bronco Mendenhall can work on until 2016, when his contract extension expires, in no particular order:
• Fix the “Utah” problem.
• Beat ranked teams.
• Smooth out his one-liners. (Not everyone gets to be Bill Cosby.)
Otherwise, the man is busting down doors. His 74 wins are the 12th most in the nation since he took over in 2005. BYU is 8-for-8 in bowl invitations, 6-for-8 in bowl wins, including four straight.
Besides, he’s Bronco. Who wouldn’t want a coach it can identify by a single name?
Read the rest ——-> What’s in the stars for BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall
Here’s Brandon Gurney’s recap on the big news of the day from Provo —–> Link!
We’ve got blanket coverage of today’s media day coming in from Provo now.
And media day is pretty much over… We’re starting to get articles from the reporters we have in Provo today. I’ll post links as soon as they’re up.
Things are definitely winding down in Provo…
In case you were wondering… Bronco Mendenhall is indeed the master of his own twitter account. No one’s running it for him.
We are getting a boatload of video content over the next day or so (assuming all went well – I’m not sure, I’m in Salt Lake). Look for it all over DeseretNews.com through the end of the week.
If you haven’t read that story yet, check it out. Click this link —-> Link!
Of all the interviews that Dick Harmon did, I think the quotes from KVN about Miss Utah have to be the among the best.
“She has been a very big influence in my life and I was able to be there for her in a time of need. … She is awesome. You couldn’t ask for a sweeter, nicer, more genuine girl.”
KVN apparently was upset enough to abandon social media for a time.
“That’s kind of why I got off social media because of the criticism she took and not being able to stick up for her. When you see a friend you know very well and you know she is a 4.0 student and you know she is one of the smarter than smart and you see her fumble like that on a national scale was hard.”
Here’s the Guy Holliday video! Enjoy
Here’s a golden nugget for you … if you remember that flub that Miss Utah had at the Miss USA pageant a few weeks ago. Kyle Van Noy spoke out on her behalf today. I guess they’re friends.
Jamaal Williams rockin’ the pink hat on media day. He’s quite the bundle of personality.
If you have questions for us, email them in to email@example.com and I’ll try to answer them based on what I know…
Almost done with this Guy Holliday video.
Getting some very positive feedback from Cougar Nation on this blog. Thanks y’all.
Now working on video of coach Guy Holliday…
Here’s the video interview:
Video of Poppinga is done, now uploading to YouTube…
We’ve got video of Outside Linebackers coach Kelly Poppinga coming shortly…
If you haven’t been tuned in to KSL newsradio since their coverage started at noon, they’re starting their third and final hour of coverage from Provo. Give them a listen.
We have a couple videos of coaches from the interview period at BYU media day. Working on getting those posted asap.
Van Noy hopes Davies gets drafted by Spurs tomorrow…
Also another interesting side note about that new turf – it will have linings for soccer and lacrosse, but will primarily serve for football.
Direct from the release: “The new 97,000 sq. ft artificial playing surface will include lining for soccer and lacrosse, but its primary designation will be as a football practice field. A thick rubber shock pad was installed under the turf, called an E-Layer®, which is a great safety-enhancer.”
Who does Kyle Van Noy miss the most of the departed seniors? Brandon Ogletree. Why? ”We were on the same page on every play.”
Just got done with an interview of KVN. He doesn’t have anyone in mind to mentor like he did with Ziggy Ansah last year. He said, “I can give my two cents, but it’s up to them to take it.”
Also direct from the press release:
In a recent study published by Michigan State University, funded by NFL Charities, AstroTurf’s GameDay Grass performed closest to natural grass and demonstrated the lowest torque output of any synthetic product measured.
direct from the press release:
“The new synthetic turf field is a customized version of AstroTurf’s GameDay Grass™ 3D 52 Xtreme. The premium product incorporates several features which translate into high marks across a wide spectrum of evaluation categories, including performance, durability, consistency, aesthetics and safety.”
There’s a photo of the turf as they were installing it.
In effort to gain weight, Kyle Van Noy’s diet mostly “chicken, rice….it sucks.” French fries are the most painful loss to him.
Just got word that BYU has installed Astroturf in the football practice facility to replace the old Fieldturf that was in there. We’re prepping an article…
I find it very, very interesting that Blaine Fowler, BYUtv’s football analyst said the player he fears the most in this absolutely loaded schedule is USU’s Chuckie Keeton. BYU is going up against Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Boise State and Notre Dame, and Keeton is the one to fear? That says a lot about USU if the coaching staff feels the same… no word yet if they do feel the same…
“I want momentum. I want to feel that upswing. I want our fans to think, ‘Hey, this is Cougar Football. All i know is that we’ve got to be ready to play. We have all the pieces in place to have success.”
Tom Holmoe on what he expects from this year’s football team:
“I think that with a transition in the coaching staff, with the new quarterback, with a good defensive unit, my goal is improvement.”
Holmoe on whether or not BYU has a future in the upcoming College Football Playoff:
“I believe in our foootball program and the tradition. Tradition goes a long way.
“But you have to be really, really good. If you’re an independent and if you’re really good, you’re going to get in. People are spending all this time looking at the access points, but I think we just have to put together a good team to get there.
“If we win, people will respect the tradition of the program and will respect us enough to put us there.”
Tom Holmoe on the future of the black and royal blue jerseys:
“We will definitely bring the black back. We’ll also bring the royals back again. We’ll have a combination of that through the years.
This is a generation of I Y. They like changes, they like new things. In the world of sports, alternate jerseys seem to be the thing. I’m not in to fads, but this seems to be here to stay.”
Tom Holmoe on what he thought of the black uniforms when they were presented to him:
“I come clean. I really wasn’t excited. I didn’t think they would be a success. I stand corrected, they were a huge hit.”
Here’s what Holmoe had to say about it:
“There will be no black uniforms this year, but we will bring them back in the future.”
Sorry to spoil the party, but it looks like there will be no blackout game this year at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
About the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl’s affiliation with BYU this season.
“I feel great about that. It’s San Francisco, my home, but this isn’t about me. It’s about the fans. We have a lot of fans in the bay area. A lot of people will come from Southern California and the Pacific Northwest to come to a game like that. Obviously, we have to be bowl eligible to play, but it makes me excited to think of a game like that.”
Perhaps most notable from Holmoe’s interview given the article we published yesterday on the Christmas Bowl:
“There are a lot of new bowls out there looking to get established. I never like to name something until it’s contracted. We think that most of the time its best to play in the west. vegas, san diego big crowds. There are some bowls in the west that we’re working with.”
On the now-cancelled series between BYU and Hawaii:
“We had a 10-year schedule with Hawaii, and then there was a change in coaching and athletic director, and in the best interest of both schools, we called off the whole series. Just because of technicalities and other issues, it was in the best interest to cancel.”
On the status of the 2014 and 2015 schedules:
“They’re going well. 2014 and 2015 are going to be good, but they may not be as thick as they are here. These schedules are changing all the time. We may commit to a team, and six months later, we’re out. We’ve had 14 done for a while, but we haven’t announced it yet.”
On scheduling games in November:
“November is tough because the teams that are in conference are in the midst of conference battles and they don’t want to go out of their schedule to play out of conference, particularly BYU. Not that they’re afraid of BYU, but there is risk playing BYU. A team like Nevada … they’ve beaten us the last two times, and they’re probably thinking, bring it on.”
Tom Holmoe gave a web-only interview earlier today on byutvsports.com. Here are some of the highlights from that.
Atuaia: “We’re going to be the beneficiary of [Jamaal's] antics as long as he’s here at BYU”
Easy to see why Mark Atuaia appreciates Jamaal Williams. Both are contagiously enthusiastic.
Expect some good stuff from Dick Harmon later today. Him & Bronco have been 1-on-1 for at least half an hour, plus group interviews.
We’ve now finally published official articles on the BYU-USC series, Bronco’s contract extension (that’s been there for a while), and the 2015 Poinsettia Bowl deal. (click the links to read the stories)
BYUtv is now airing interviews with Cody Hoffman and Kyle Van Noy.
Mikel’s opinion on BYU’s schedule: “I do think this is arguably the best schedule that BYU has had since I’ve been involved, and that’s a long time.
“It’s a scary schedule because of all the high-powered programs we’re facing this year, but it’s exciting. I’m looking forward to all of it. The coaches and staff are fired up, and I am too.”
Mikel’s experiences on the road: “I loved being at Notre Dame. I wish we’d won that game. My favorite was the Poinsettia Bowl. Kyle Van Noy was a beast. To be there on the sideline and to see that first hand was a real thrill.”
A humerous note from Minor: “(Gifford Nielsen) was my babysitter when I was growing up.”
On the relationship with ESPN: “This is not just a paper partnership. This is a collaborative relationship. and we speak regularly on how to raise the bar on this product both at ESPN’s end and BYUtv’s end.”
On the future of BYUtv sports: “This is something that is going to expand because there’s a need for it. There’s a national fan base that wants to see byu sports, and we’re going to bring it to them.”
On the quality of BYUtv’s facilities: “For a university to have that type of resources, it speaks a lot for the mindset the university. There is no other university that is doing this at this scope. That underlies the fact that this is not some fly by night thing.”
Probably the biggest news from Minor: “BYU will shortly announce an agreement with Bright House cable to bring BYUtv to more televisions across the nation.”
Mikel Minor is a senior TV producer for BYUtv and a former producer for ESPN.
I also now have a chance to go back and give highlights from the earlier web chats between BYUtv and Mikel Minor as well as Tom Holmoe…
While we’re waiting for more from coaches/players, you might consider watching that show live on the web for free… http://www.byutv.org/watch/livetv
If it makes a difference, BYUtv is now airing the 2013 football preview.
The interviews with Bronco/Holmoe/Anae ended around 11 a.m. Coaches and players are now fielding interviews… we’re waiting to hear what they have said.
Just got word from Matt Petersen that he’s working the video camera for coach/player interviews. Hopefully we get those soon.
Whew. Getting the news out about the bowl affiliation and the BYU-USC series is time consuming.
Matt Petersen - Bronco on Van Noy, Hoffman: “Anytime a player chooses to stay, their stock could go down..that they were willing to risk that..meant a lot.”
Matt Petersen: Bronco says he, Holmoe had at least 2 discussions over the years about his future. Said he had “multiple switches” on his future.
Matt Petersen on Twitter: I know it’s a sore subject, but can’t help but notice how defensive coaches talk about Boise St. game like it was a win
Interesting to note that BYU’s bowl future in 2014 is still totally unclear…
BYU also announced continued affiliation with the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, Calif. Here’s the official press release.
BYU Announces Bowl Affiliation with Poinsettia Bowl
Cougars finalize agreements for 2015 and one additional season
PROVO, Utah (June 26, 2013) – Brigham Young University has accepted invitations to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl following the 2015 regular season and one additional season to be announced at a later date.
“We had a fantastic experience at the Poinsettia Bowl in December and are excited to return in 2015,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “San Diego has hosted some of the great football moments in our program’s history, and I’m excited for our large fan base in Southern California to have other opportunities to see us play in person.”
BYU will play in San Diego if bowl eligible and not selected to the College Football Playoff. The Poinsettia Bowl is currently in discussions with the Mountain West Conference to continue its partnership through the 2019 game. The MWC has partnered with the Poinsettia Bowl since its inception in 2005.
BYU played in the eighth annual Poinsettia Bowl following the 2012 regular season. Fueled by an incredible effort from All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy and the nation’s No. 3 ranked defense, the Cougars scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat San Diego State 23-6.
Despite having just one appearance in the Poinsettia Bowl, BYU is no stranger to the postseason in San Diego. The Cougars participated in the first seven Holiday Bowls from 1978 to 1984, then returned four more times between 1988 and 1993. In the 1984 Holiday Bowl, BYU defeated the Michigan Wolverines to cap an undefeated season and earn a national championship.
“We are proud to have the Cougars locked in for our 2015 game,” said San Diego Bowl Game Association executive director Bruce Binkowski. “BYU played a significant role in the growth and success of the Holiday Bowl. Last year we began a new tradition when the Cougars played in the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl for the first time. We have a long-standing and loyal relationship with the University and its loyal fans. Looking down the road and knowing they will be back in San Diego is a win-win for everyone.”
BYU has a storied bowl history that dates back to the 1974 Fiesta Bowl. Since then the Cougars have been invited to 31 bowls, including eight-consecutive bowl games under Bronco Mendenhall — the most since a string of 17 consecutive bowls under LaVell Edwards from 1978-94. BYU has won four-consecutive bowl games for the first time in program history and six of its last eight postseason contests. From 2005-12, no team has won more than BYU’s six bowl games in that timespan.
BYU announced a three-game series with USC this morning, beginning in 2013. Here’s BYU’s official press release.
BYU, USC Announce Three-Game Football Series
First game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2019
PROVO, Utah — BYU and USC today announced a three-game series for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 football seasons. The Trojans will visit LaVell Edwards Stadium on Sept. 14, 2019 and then host the Cougars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the Thanksgiving weekends in 2021 (Nov. 27) and 2023 (Nov. 25).
“We have a huge number of Cougar football fans in Southern California who will love having a chance to see their team play twice against one of the best programs in all of college football,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “Cougar Nation will also be excited to have USC come to Provo.”
The two teams have met just twice in the past, with USC taking both contests during national title runs in 2003 and 2004.
USC is one of the most decorated football programs in NCAA history. Beginning football in 1888, the Trojans have amassed a record of 786-320-54, No. 9 among all college football programs. USC has won 11 recognized national titles and has suffered only three losing seasons since 1961. USC has captured 38 conference titles, including seven-consecutive shared or outright Pac-10 titles from 2002-2008. This gives the Trojans the fourth-most conference championships of any NCAA school, and twice as many as any other Pac-12 member team.
Since 1972, BYU ranks No. 5 in total wins with 357 while USC sits at No. 11 with 340. The Cougars have faced teams from the Pac-12 Conference 16 times under head coach Bronco Mendenhall and have earned a 9-7 record since 2005.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with its 93,607-seat capacity, is one of the largest college football venues in America. Since its construction in 1923, the Coliseum has not only been home to USC football but also hosted numerous cultural, civic and athletic events, including the 1932 Olympic Games, along with the track events and opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games.
Kickoff times and broadcast plans for the series will be announced at a later date.
Some nuggets from first few minutes w/Holmoe & Bronco: new bowl game to be announced, and Bronco talks benefits of being on ESPN. In same breath, he says of ESPN: “I don’t think they could afford NOT to keep us on TV.”
On potential games with the military academies: “We had a series contracted with Army. Their athletic director is a good friend of mine. He called me up and asked if he could get out. It’s good to have good friends, so I let him out. He is now the athletic director at Maryland, and he owes me a game, so we’ll play them or whatever school he is with down the line.”
On how college football scheduling is arranged: “It’s really pretty straightforward, but it just takes a lot a time. These deals are sensitive. Every team is looking out for their best interests. Some of these big teams, they’re not afraid of us, but it’s not what works out best for them. A lot of effort might be put into 2014, and it will pay off down the line in 2017 and 2018.”
On scheduling for 2014 and 2015: “They’re going well. 2014 and 2015 are going to be good, but they may not be as thick as they are here. These schedules are changing all the time. We may commit to a team, and six months later, we’re out.
“We’ve had ’14 done for a while, but we haven’t announced it yet.”
Holmoe on November scheduling: “November is tough because the teams that are in conference are in the midst of conference battles and they don’t want to go out of their schedule to play out of conference, particularly BYU.”
Tom Holmoe did an interview on BYUtvSports.com. Here are some of the highlights….