PROVO — The BYU Cougars added 23 new players to their football program Wednesday during college football’s national signing day.
Of the 23 players, two of them, DB Eric Tenaka (Snow College) and RB Squally Canada (Washington State) were midyear signees.
In addition to Wednesday’s signees, BYU will also welcome back 14 scholarship players returning from LDS Church missions.
BYU is looking for continued execution as the final month of the regular season begins
The BYU men’s basketball team saw some improvements this past weekend in a two-game sweep to get back onto the winning track. After losing two straight games for the first time this season, a four-point win at home against San Francisco on Jan. 29 and a 78-57 win over Santa Clara on Jan. 31 bumped its record to 17-7 and 7-4 in the West Coast Conference.
In wins over San Francisco and Santa Clara, progress was seen in many areas, including defensively and in production from BYU's big men. Coach Dave Rose talked about some of these improvements in his weekly radio show Tuesday night.
PROVO — BYU basketball players looked as if they were practicing with real intent this week, almost as if their lives depended on it.
With last week’s unexpected road loss at the University of San Diego, the Cougars are going to have to hit the hardwood with the mindset that the season is on the line, and they intend to do just that — as a team.
“What I was really concerned about the most is that our guys didn’t seem to be as together as much,” said head coach Dave Rose. “I don’t mean that guys got selfish or that guys were going sideways, but it just seemed like we had a disappointing loss and what we tried to do was fix it by ourselves in our own way.”
With only nine games remaining in the regular schedule, and coming off a weekend loss against the University of San Diego that dropped the Cougars to 15-7 overall and 5-4 in West Coast Conference play, BYU is facing an uphill battle toward reaching the NCAA tournament. BYU head coach Dave Rose, whose team has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, understands the predicament the Cougars are in.
All ten West Coast Conference teams are making the turn in their conference schedules. Each team has played every other team once, as all have played nine of their 18 league games.
At the midway point, BYU stands in a three-way tie (with Pepperdine and Santa Clara) for third place with a 5-4 conference record—the same mark the Cougars had after nine league games last season, when the WCC slate was unbalanced (BYU had not faced every conference foe during the first half of the conference slate).
Last season, BYU rebounded from a sluggish WCC front half to post an 8-1 mark in the back half and boost its at-large hopes heading into the conference tournament in Las Vegas, where the Cougars won two games and punched their NCAA tournament ticket despite a loss to Gonzaga in the conference tournament finals.
PROVO — The BYU men's basketball team got some key contributions this past weekend in a split on its road trip, and it will look for more when it closes out its road swing against the San Diego Toreros Saturday afternoon.
On Jan. 15, the Cougars started the trip with a 93-80 win at Pacific before coming up short, 82-77, two nights later at Saint Mary’s.
Shorthanded during last week's split decision at Pacific and St. Mary's, the BYU basketball team returns to the West Coast Conference road this weekend, visiting San Diego for a Saturday matinee.
Head coach Dave Rose said on Thursday that guard Anson Winder is ready to play again after missing both games last week with a knee sprain, but big man Nate Austin has re-injured his hamstring and will not be ready to take on the Toreros.
"Today was probably the toughest day for (Winder), just recovering from a couple of hard practices," said Rose. "I anticipate that he'll feel good...and hopefully we'll have him for the game on Saturday."
PROVO — Brigham Young University and Michigan State University announced Wednesday a home-and-home football series between the two schools.
PROVO — The BYU football program has a new strength and conditioning coach. Bronco Mendenhall announced the hiring of Frank Wintrich on Friday.
PROVO — You win some and you lose some, to sum up the BYU Cougars' past week at the Marriott Center. Starting out with a disappointing 67-61 loss to Pepperdine on Thursday night, the Cougars bounced back with an 85-72 win Saturday against Loyola Marymount. For the next two games, BYU heads out on the road to face two very different conference opponents, opening against the Pacific Tigers who have lost their last two games.