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Haws, Team USA hopefuls start two-a-days

Posted Jun 25th - 9:08am by Greg Wrubell

BYU guard Tyler Haws and his 25 hopeful teammates enter their first day of two-a-day practices today in Colorado Springs, as USA Basketball's World University Games Training Camp continues at U.S. Olympic Training Center.

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Camp began with a two-hour practice session on Monday night, with two-a-days now daily through Sunday, including an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday that is open to the public.


BYU's Haws earns 'big opportunity' with USA Basketball

Posted Jun 24th - 8:14am by Greg Wrubell

Today is the first day of BYU's summer class term, and new members of the 2013-14 Cougar basketball team will be enrolled and ready to start playing and working out with their teammates. One notable veteran will be missing from those activities to start the term, however, and with good reason.

BYU guard Tyler Haws is bound for Colorado Springs, where later today, he'll pull on a No. 46 Team USA practice jersey, and the quest to represent his country at the upcoming World University Games will be underway.

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New format, more coverage for WCC hoops tourney

Posted Jun 19th - 4:19pm by Greg Wrubell

The West Coast Conference on Wednesday announced modifications to its 2014 Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, which will again be contested at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

After previously announcing a format change and three-year extension that will keep the tourney at the Orleans through 2016, the league has now moved the dates of the event, changing it from a Wednesday through Monday game slate, to a Thursday through Tuesday fixture list.

At the same time, the conference has widened its broadcast scope, with five tournament games scheduled to be televised on either ESPN 2 (three games) or ESPN (two games). Last year, of the five tourney games televised on the ESPN family of networks, two games were seen on ESPNU, two were shown on ESPN2, with the title game appearing on ESPN.


BYU Basketball: 'Strength' in numbers

Posted Jun 19th - 8:30am by Greg Wrubell

The BYU football program is about to face its toughest schedule ever. While not grabbing as much attention, the BYU basketball team's 2013-14 schedule is shaping up as a pretty good one, too.

A few games remain to be confirmed, but what we know already is that BYU will:

face two teams from the group comprised of Wichita State, Texas and DePaul in Kansas City, as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.


BYU's 'Next Ziggy': Kyle Van Noy

Posted Jun 18th - 11:13am by Greg Wrubell

He won't be under the radar like Ziggy Ansah, but in terms of playmaking punch and professional potential, BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy Kyle Van Noy is next in line as a likely first-round NFL draft pick.

A member of the Cougars' 2009 recruiting class that also produced receiver Cody Hoffman, Van Noy joined Bronco Mendenhall's program the following season, and although he started only two games a freshman, by the end of that season he was tied for second on the team in tackles for loss. An impact player was born.

Van Noy's sophomore campaign saw him start eight of 13 games, but his defensive numbers ended up looking like those of an every-snap player.


Diminishing returns precede return of Anae

Posted Jun 17th - 8:21am by Greg Wrubell

A recent "Camp Cougar Countdown ‘Fact of the Day'" sent out on my Twitter feed (@gregwrubell) noted that the 2012 BYU Cougars recorded 1,003 offensive plays-—a high-water mark for the Bronco Mendenhall era, and one of the rare thousand-play seasons in BYU Football history.

Yet despite the highest number of snaps in Mendenhall's eight-season tenure, 2012 also resulted in the second-lowest scoring campaign since Mednenhall's run as head coach began in 2005.

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Tyler Haws: From BYU to Red, White and Blue?

Posted Jun 13th - 1:59pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU's Tyler Haws will soon attempt to do what no other Cougar hoopster has done in the last 30 years: make a team that will represent the United States in international competition.

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With last week's news that Haws has been selected as one of 29 college players to try out for USA Basketball's World University Games squad, Haws now has a chance to join a list that includes only four other BYU players as representatives of Team USA.


Ever Upward: BYU increases its APR score

Posted Jun 11th - 11:30am by Greg Wrubell

The NCAA reports that Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores are up slightly across the Division I membership, and BYU's scores have also increased by the same margin.

The NCAA DI four-year APR average (measuring 2008-09 through 2011-12 academic years) is currently 974, up from 973 last year. BYU's 21-sport APR average matches the NCAA DI median of 974, also up from last year's institutional score of 973.

BYU's men's sports averaged a 2012 APR score of 961--down four points from last year, while the school's women's sports average was 981--up from 979 last year.


BYU: Biggest needs to replace

Posted Jun 11th - 8:00am by Greg Wrubell

When Ezekiel Ansah heard his name called with the fifth overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, he left a gaping hole on the end of the BYU defensive line.

Ansah's departure for Detroit is notable, but he wasn't the only one of BYU's 2012 defensive linemen to end up on an NFL roster, as nose tackle Romney Fuga signed a free agent deal with the Denver Broncos.

Ansah was an impact player for BYU, but started only the final nine games of the 2012 season. Fuga was a stalwart who started all 13 games in 2012 and 36 games overall, while not not to be forgotten is Russell Tialavea, who was also a 13-game starter last season and played in 47 games over his Cougar career, starting 38 of them.


BYU's Van Noy and Hoffman are "Men of (Phil) Steele"

Posted Jun 5th - 12:58pm by Jason Shepherd

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and wide receiver Cody Hoffman were selected to Phil Steele's 2013 Preseason All-America Team on Wednesday. Van Noy was named to the first-team while Hoffman was a second-team selection.

BYU joins Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Oregon and TCU as the only college football programs with players named to both the first and second teams.

For more information on the 2013 Phil Steele Preseason All-America Team, you can click here.


BYU Football: Times and TV announced for Texas and Idaho State games

Posted Jun 4th - 10:58am by Jason Shepherd

Brigham Young University announced two more kickoff times for the 2013 BYU Football season. The Cougars will host the Texas Longhorns at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 7th at 5:00 pm MT on ESPN2 (pregame begins at 3:00 pm MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio, SiriusXM 143).

It was also announced that BYU's home game on November 16th against Idaho State will get underway at 1:00 pm MT on BYUtv (pregame begins at 11:00 am MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio, SiriusXM 143).

Now that the start times for the Texas and Idaho State games are official, the Cougars have announced kickoff times and TV plans for seven of their 12 games.


BYU's Haws named to training camp roster for USA World University Games

Posted Jun 3rd - 12:45pm by Jason Shepherd

BYU junior guard Tyler Haws was named to the training camp roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games on Monday.

Haws, along with 28 other college basketball players will participate in the camp, which will be held June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Of the 29 collegiate athletes, 12 will be selected to represent the United States at the 2013 World University games from July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.


Holmoe: Mendenhall contract talks 'ongoing;' would like to settle extension 'as soon as we can'

Posted May 29th - 5:35pm by Greg Wrubell

With his football coach's three-year contract set to expire in December, BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe on Wednesday said Bronco Mendenhall is still without a contract offer on the table, but that negotiations continue, with the hope that a deal can be done before the start of the 2013 season.

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In a now-annual interview with local media that lasted roughly an hour, Holmoe said talks on a contract extension began "toward the end of last season," and that "from there, we've had a couple other conversations about what he's looking for, what I'm looking for, and how we can best meet the needs of each other."


BYU hires new hoops operations director

Posted May 28th - 12:17pm by Greg Wrubell

Having served previously on basketball benches at Utah State and Utah, Cody Fueger is now the new Director of Basketball Operations at BYU.

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A University of Utah graduate, Fueger (pronounced FEE'-gur) comes to Provo after a single season as the operations director for Stew Morrill at Utah State. Prior to his year as DBO in Logan, Fueger served in same capacity at UC Riverside during the 2011-12 season. From 2007-08 through 2010-2011, Fueger was the Director of Basketball Operations for Kerry Rupp at Louisiana Tech.


BYU's season-opener gets a start time

Posted May 23rd - 1:34pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU's season-opening game at Virginia was on Thursday given a kickoff time, with ESPN and the ACC announcing that the Cougars and Cavaliers will clash in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 31 at 1:30 p.m. MT, with the game televised on ESPNU. All BYU games are heard on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio (SiriusXM 143).

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With today's news, BYU now has kickoff times set for five of its 12 regular season games, with two of them destined for ESPN Networks (Virginia, Boise State), one one NBC (Notre Dame) and two others the CBS Sports Network (Utah State, Nevada).


BYU's Ambrosino will not return in 2013-14

Posted May 22nd - 4:28pm by Greg Wrubell

The BYU basketball team's 2013-14 roster has another vacancy, with Wednesday's news--confirmed by the school--that forward Agustin Ambrosino will not return to the program for the coming season, ending his time as a Cougar after a single campaign.

BYU released no details regarding Ambrosino's departure, and his basketball-playing destination is currently unknown. Last month, fellow junior college transfer Raul Delgado left the BYU team and transferred to Division II Metro State.

Ambrosino and Delgado both joined the Cougar hoops program in 2012-13 (Ambrosino from SLCC and Delgado from Western Nebraska JC), and both struggled to acclimate themselves at the DI level. Ambrosino played in 31 of 36 games, averaging 6.2 minutes per appearance, averaging 1.8 points per game on 39% shooting (32% 3PFG). Delgado played in 26 games, averaging 6.6 mpg and 1.8 ppg; he shot 35% from the field and 26% from the arc.


BYU: Publications and Prognostications

Posted May 21st - 10:28am by Greg Wrubell

With the start of the college football season now 100 days away, preseason projections are coming into sharper focus as various web sites and publications ramp up their 2013 previews.

Whether online or in print, BYU has yet to appear in anyone's Top 25, but in a pair of recently-released preseason annuals (Athlon and Lindy's), the Cougars are featured in the "next 25."

BYU's 2013 schedule is being framed as the program's toughest-ever, and the predictions back up the assessment, with three of four of BYU ranked in the Top 25s, and five opponents ranked ahead of the Cougars to start the season.


BYU signs Calif. prep-school standout Frank Bartley

Posted May 13th - 3:35pm by Greg Wrubell

BYU has again boosted its backcourt numbers, obtaining a written commitment from Louisiana native Frank Bartley, a combination guard who spent last season playing for a Los Angeles-area prep school that set the national single-season wins record.

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A 6'3", 205-pound incoming freshman from Baton Rouge, Bartley said in a Monday phone conversation with me that he "can't wait" to join the Cougars, after signing his National Letter of Intent in the early morning hours of Mother's Day, at the conclusion of his visit to the BYU campus.


BYU gets commitment from former Wake Forest guard Chase Fischer

Posted May 10th - 7:19pm by Greg Wrubell

Calling his transfer to BYU "a perfect fit," former Wake Forest shooting guard Chase Fischer on Friday committed to play basketball for Dave Rose and the BYU Cougars.

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A 2011 first-team Parade All-American out of Ripley (W. Va) HS, Fischer played for the Demon Deacons as a freshman and sophomore, appearing in 62 games with six starts. The 6'3", 195 lb. three-point specialist will sit out BYU's 2013-14 season under transfer rules, with two years of playing eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2014-15 campaign


BYU's Davies invited to NBA Draft Combine

Posted May 9th - 5:37pm by Greg Wrubell

Less than a month after earning MVP Honors at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, BYU product Brandon Davies has marked the next significant milestone in his quest to make an NBA roster.

On Thursday, Davies' name was included on the list of 60 players invited by the NBA to its draft combine in Chicago. The event is scheduled for May 16th and 17th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. MDT each day, and will be televised on ESPNU.

Davies is one of two West Coast Conference prospects to receive combine invitations; the other is projected lottery pick Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga. Olynyk's teammate Elias Harris and St. Mary's star Matthew Dellavedova were not among those on the 60-player roster.


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