Timing of Doman, Poppinga announcement

It has been 16 days since Bronco Mendenhall gathered his offensive staff and told them their jobs were not secure and to spiff up resumes. Today, at 3 p.m., he announced Brandon Doman would be offensive coordinator and QB coach and Kelly Poppinga would be elevated from a graduate assistant to fulltime outside linebacker coach. In between, Robert Anae resigned as offensive coordinator last Friday and accepted the … Continue reading»

Why was Ty Detmer in SLC last week?

Here are a few tidbits to cap off a very busy Monday in which changes are in the wind with BYU’s football coaching staff. As I reported in Tuesday’s column, I met Ty Detmer in the Salt Lake City Airport last Wednesday while on my way to Albuquerque. He was running to catch a Delta flight to go home to Austin where he lives. “I’m not in the … Continue reading»

Cougar offense got its act together for finale

It took some time and a conservative UTEP defense but BYU’s offense had a breakout game in the New Mexico Bowl. It comes at a time the Cougars need a solid building block for its entry into independence. Jake Heaps looked like a veteran quarterback against the Miners. He made all the throws. His three touchdown tosses to Cody Hoffman were especially impressive as was the cross body … Continue reading»

Price and Mendenhall met as coach and recruit 20 years ago

UTEP coach Mike Price recruited Bronco Mendenhall while the BYU coach was playing at Snow College. The two explained that experience today during a bowl press meeting in Albuquerque. “It is hard to explain,” said Mendenhall. “I remember I was playing junior college football and we were traveling, the only time we got to travel by airplane at Snow College. We were traveling to play Northeast Oklahoma and … Continue reading»

Stories like the one on Ben Archibald that ran in the Deseret News on Saturday are profiles that I like to do because it highlights the difficult gauntlet many athletes go through to simply play the game. I’ve learned over the years that often times when you interview an athlete for a story, you’ll get enough to get the job done, but it pays dividends to make an … Continue reading»

BYU issues apology to USU for maverick message on Jumbotron

It’s received a lot of play. A message on the scoreboard after BYU defeated USU on Wednesday said “Utah State, enjoy the loss” and called the Aggies “Little Brother.” Juvenile. Classless. Dumb. This afternoon, BYU issued the following apology: “As a university, we apologize for the inappropriate message that was briefly posted on the BYU scoreboard at the end of the Utah State-BYU men’s basketball game. BYU’s athletic … Continue reading»

BYU's pres. keeps it simple

BYU president Cecil O. Samuelson, who led BYU’s trip into independence in 2011, has an quick response when asked the move. In his duties as an LDS General Authority, he travels all over the country in serving in his calling. Of course Samuelson often gets hit up by LDS leaders who are fans and want to talk sports. He’s developed a routine where he reminds them that he’s … Continue reading»

Many people may not relate to this issue, but for those in Utah County, the proposed realignment of the high school regions by the UHSAA is a very big deal and it could transform Orem High School athletics into something different than it’s been in a couple of generations. Growing up, Orem was the mortal enemy of my alma mater, Provo High School. The basketball games used to … Continue reading»

Momentum's a funny thing and now it's on BYU's side

BYU’s defense is feeding off the Cougar offense now that Jake Heaps is helping pile up points. You could see this clearly in BYU’s 49-10 win over CSU in a game that wasn’t that close. Andrew Rich, the Cougar free safety who got an interception Saturday in the 45-10 win over Colorado State, said the offensive explosion is changing the way Bronco Mendenhall is calling games because it … Continue reading»

No TV for Fresno State game proves point

Tonight’s season opener between ranked BYU and Fresno State in a sold-out Marriott Center is prime evidence of why BYU president Cecil O. Samuelson decided to take the Cougar athlete program on a path of independence beginning in 2011. This is a marvelous opener for both programs with multiple storylines. You have a ranked BYU basketball team that features an All-American on at least a dozen honor lists. … Continue reading»