Will BYU fans like where schedule is headed?

One of my twitter followers, @rkdavidson13 presented the following question: With the way the BYU football schedule is lining up this year and in the future, will Y fans be satisfied? My answer? Are fans ever satisfied? I think the first two years of independence has been a gamble but adequately patched together by Tom Holmoe under the circumstances. But 2013 will be very tough, one of the … Continue reading»

BYU commits Haws, Emery part of LP machine

Interesting news out of Lone Peak High this week when Nick Emery and T.J. Haws committed to BYU. Lone Peak is going to be loaded this season and they should be a fun team to follow. The commits highlight the fact Lone Peak has four Division I athletes on its roster. Emery will be a junior this season and Haws is only a sophomore. Tallan Shumway, who reportedly … Continue reading»

BYUtv Q&A, HD and gadgets, households Part IV

This is Part IV in a series of blogs detailing a discussion of BYUtv with its managing director Derek Marquis. In this final series, Marquis focuses on some of the other aspects of “new coverage” of sports in addition to BYUtv. This includes digital media like the Internet, a special website, and phone apps for Ipad and the Iphone. It also addresses the HD issue with BYUtv and … Continue reading»

BYUtv Q&A, Programming, Part III

This is the third in a series of blogs detailing a discussion with KBYUtv managing director Derek Marquis on the nuts and bolts of sports coverage this season on the network. This segment centers on programming challenges, issues and BYUtv’s gameplan. Q: So it really is looking like every BYU football game will be on national television this year. Has that ever happened before and do you have … Continue reading»

BYUtv Q&A, Media test, Part II

This is the second part of a series of blogs on BYUtv with managing director Derek Marquis. This blog focuses on why BYU’s athletic department and BYUtv staff were so bent on doing an Independent football media day back on July 12 in the new Broadcasting Building next to the Marriott Center. Here is the discussion. Q Media Day is a month behind us and as we expected … Continue reading»

BYUtv: Q&A, ESPN, Part 1

This is the first part in a 4,000-word question and answer session with BYUtv executive director Derek Marquis. Because of the length, I’ve broken it down in four segments in this blog. This is the first installment and I’ll put the second installment up later today. Q. There has been a lot of talk about which games will be on ESPN, which will be on BYUtv, BYU Radio … Continue reading»

Obtaining Hinds signals solid BYU recruiting direction

When Troy Hinds committed to Bronco Mendenhall on Monday, it undlerlined several very important aspects of what BYU is trying to do heading into independence. BYU is selling itself first, but it is also parlaying the exposure it will receive with the ESPN contract and BYUtv into a real selling point. In essence, it is negating the draw of the Pac12 to top LDS recruits. No, BYU isn’t … Continue reading»

Beck, Kehl, Tahi to headline summer football camp

Whether or not the NFL lockout continues, current players who used to play for BYU say they plan on taking part in their annual Next Level Football Camp at Provo High this summer. Redskin QB John Beck, Bryan Kehl and Fahu Tahi will be part of the camp slated July 11th (4th and 6th graders) and July 12(7th through 12th grades). Other NFL and college players in attendance … Continue reading»

Managing a spring football game

It is interesting how different coaches manage spring football games. Generally speaking, they don’t like them. Why? Because there is pressure to put on a show for fans and that conflicts with the ability to control emotions, intensity of the competition and avoidance of serious injuries. Coaches realize this is the time for fans to check in and see new players and get re-acquainted with the program. It … Continue reading»

Breaking down BYU's chances of losing Dave Rice

If things are right in the world, BYU assistant coach Dave Rice will be hired by UNLV by Monday. He interviewed for the Rebel job on Thursday and his main competitor for the job, Reggie Theus, will interview Friday. If Rice goes, nobody in Provo will be happier than his current boss Dave Rose. No question, Rose will hate to lose Rice, but as a head coach, he … Continue reading»