Todd Christensen memories continue to flow

Since the death of former BYU and NFL star Todd Christensen, stories continue to come in, recognizing his unique personality. My neighbor, a retired counselor at Pleasant Grove High, approached me as I got to my driveway this evening after work and shared conversations he’d had with Christensen when he visited the school and remarked how impressed he was with his candor and his approachability. Before Christiansen made … Continue reading»

The lightning quick reaction to Bronco Mendenhall’s trial balloon of replacing names on BYU football player jerseys with Tradition, Spirit, Honor left an interesting statistical trail in social media circles the past 48 hours. According to analysis by NUVI, a social media research company in which former BYU team captain Cameron Jensen is vice president of operations, the Twitter traffic grew to more than a thousand tweets. Here … Continue reading»

Athletes better use caution with social media

Facebook, Twitter and the like are remarkable tools in communication and in the sports world, they are matching the general culture as a whole. That is why, if you are an athlete, either professional, in college or in high school, you’d better be careful. A harmless tweet after a game or just messing with friends and followers can become part of your resume.  It could be researched, flagged … Continue reading»

Recruiting notes from a week that was

Some crazy notes from the week of recruiting and signings. In Provo, while describing BYU linebacker recruit Chasen Andersen, son of current Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, Bronco Mendenhall told the media he has forged a very close and mutually respectful relationship with Gary over the years.  And it specifically pointed out that it began when Andersen left the University of Utah – as if that was a kind … Continue reading»

Interesting Boise State clause with MWC

With Boise State heading back to the Mountain West, it is interesting that the MWC will pay BSU’s exit fees from the Big East. But what it more interesting is a clause that allows Boise State to retain TV rights to its home games in Boise. Here is that clause: • TV rights: The Mountain West will ensure that Boise State home football games are not part of, … Continue reading»

Nelson, Hoffman finish game injured

Riley Nelson misfired over and over again in the fourth quarter of BYU’s 20-14 loss to San Jose State but completed six of his last seven passes and did so injured. I talked to Riley in a tent in the rain outside the locker room and he only made an issue of Hoffman’s injury and performance. But I saw first hand how much pain Nelson was in. While … Continue reading»

Notre Dame’s Kelly had to lift his team

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly was concerned after Notre Dame defeated BYU 17-14 that his team didn’t have a “great feeling” in the locker room as the nation’s No. 5 ranked team. Did BYU expose something?  Did his team take BYU too lightly because Oklahoma is looming next week?  What was it? “The thing that was concerning for me the most is when our guys came in, and … Continue reading»

Trainer explains Taysom Hill recovery

BYU football trainer Jeff Hurst said Taysom Hill’s recovery from his detached LCL and broken bone in his leg where that ligament attaches will be quicker and easier than a reconstruction and transplant of a new ligament seen in ACL surgeries. Speaking after Tuesday’s practice, Hurst said Hill may not be back in time for spring football, but it isn’t unreasonable to see the quarterback make some of … Continue reading»

Doman’s Scouts USU, Bronco absolutism

In many ways, Utah State’s defense may be the toughest BYU has faced so far this season. Gary Andersen is sure to apply the pressure to BYU freshman QB Taysom Hill, the expected starter for tonight’s game in LaVell Edwards Stadium.  USU’s biggest enhancement under Andersen has been recruitment of strong, beefy D-linemen and quick, solid linebackers.  This, along with good cover corners, allows him to create a … Continue reading»

So, let’s get this straight. John L. Smith can sign a contract to be the next football coach at Weber State, then, before he coaches even one game, leave and take a job at Arkansas, but…  Hawaii coach Norm Chow can block former Hawaii defensive back Mike Wadsworth and his parents from talking to BYU, a school he wants to transfer to when he returns from his mission … Continue reading»