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BYU at UConn Broadcast Info

Aug 29, 2014 - Posted by at 6:00 am | Permalink

BYU football plays its season opener tonight against the UConn Huskies, kicking off at 7:02 p.m. EDT/5:02 p.m. MDT at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Live television coverage begins at 6 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. MDT on BYUtv with the Countdown to Kickoff pregame show. Following the game BYUtv will also broadcast a live postgame show providing reaction and analysis of the game. Go to for more information. 

After the pregame show on BYUtv, fans can tune in for live coverage of the game on ESPN at 7 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. MDT.  The game is also available on WatchESPN and on the American Forces Network, broadcasting via closed circuit or low-power radiating facilities on U.S. military installations outside of the USA and U.S. Naval ships at sea outside of U.S. territorial waters.

ESPN will re-air BYU-UConn on ESPN at 3 a.m. EDT Saturday and 12 a.m. EDT on ESPNU. It will also be rebroadcast on Sept. 5 at 3:30 a.m. EDT and 5 p.m. EDT on the Longhorn Network. 
Radio coverage of the game can be followed on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins at 5 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. MDT with the radio pregame show. The radio coverage can be found on Sirius XM 143, KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at 
Click here for more information on the matchup. 

Football team preps for game day in Connecticut

Aug 28, 2014 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 9:04 pm | Updated: August 28, 2014 9:38 pm | Permalink

Thursday in Windsor, Connecticut, the BYU football team completed its final full day of preparations in advance of Friday’s season opener at UConn.

The day included meetings in the morning, a team practice midday at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor and visiting Rentschler Field in East Hartford in the late afternoon. After a few coaches met with ESPN in the early evening, many members of the team participated in a fireside at the Hartford Stake Center in Bloomfield.

During the fireside, junior receiver Kurt Henderson, senior kicker Trevor Samson and junior defensive lineman Graham Rowley each gave talks and running backs Adam Hine, Toloa’i Ho Ching, Algernon Brown, Paul Lasike, Nate Carter and coach Mark Atuaia all sang the hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” A question-and-answer session followed with head coach Bronco Mendenhall, Hine, senior defensive back Harvey Jackson, sophomore defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, junior receiver Mitch Mathews and junior quarterback Taysom Hill all responding to questions from those in attendance.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for the day. 

Week 1 in Review

Aug 27, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:14 pm | Updated: August 27, 2014 2:23 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – The season finally kicked off last weekend, but the Cougars are still sitting on the fence waiting for either a first win or a first loss in their upcoming games against Tennessee and Baylor. BYU tied Washington State and Cal State Fullerton over the weekend and played an extra 40 minutes of soccer along the way. The two draws didn't do too much damage as BYU only slipped from 22nd to 23rd in this week's coaches' poll.

Last week also included a coach's show, Jaiden Thornock on Sports Nation along with BYUtv's first broadcast of the season. Check it all out below.

Head coach Jennifer Rockwood on 960 AM The Zone

NSCAA Rankings moves BYU to No. 23 from No. 22

BYU 0, Washington State 0 Highlight Video:


BYUtv Postgame Recap:

After two straight draws, undefeated BYU looks to match high projections

BYU women settle for a draw Daily Herald

BYU ties with Washington State

Jaiden Thornock on BYU Sports Nation:

No. 22 Cougars tie Cal State Fullerton 1-1

BYUtv Season Preview:

IMG Soccer Coach's Show

New LED video displays added in Smith Fieldhouse

Aug 26, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 11:07 am | Permalink

In preparation for the upcoming 2014 women’s volleyball season, BYU has installed three new LED video displays around Elaine Michaelis Court at the Smith Fieldhouse.

The main scoreboard at center court has been replaced with a 9 feet by 16 feet, 6 mm LED display. Two new 3 feet by 12 feet, 10 mm displays have been added to the baselines. BYU partnered with YESCO Electronics, a digital signage solutions company out of Salt Lake City, on the production and installation of the new displays.

“We are thrilled to have these new video boards in the Smith Fieldhouse and are very grateful to the generous donors who helped make this possible,” BYU Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Events Manager Matt Nix said. “The Smith Fieldhouse is already one of the great volleyball venues in the country and these displays will just enhance the volleyball experience for our fans. In addition to live video and replays, we will also be able to display statistics and other information for all of the fans to see throughout the match. We are excited for this new addition to the already fantastic volleyball experience at BYU.”

In addition to use at men’s and women’s volleyball matches and gymnastic meets, the displays will also be available for use at all other non-athletic meetings and events hosted in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Final game and a little sightseeing

Aug 25, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 6:47 pm | Updated: August 25, 2014 7:11 pm | Permalink

(Monday, Aug. 25, 2014)

Barcelona, Spain

Blog #10

This is the team's final day in Spain. On the day's schedule was some final sightseeing and shopping in Barcelona, and then it was off to the team's final game vs. Femeni Sant Adria (FSA).

Today's blogs are from Hannah Packard who has the information on the activities for the day. Then, Alohi Robins-Hardy will have the game summary from a player's perspective.

What did you do and see today?
Today we woke up and went to the beach for a couple of hours. We went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, got a couple of volleyball games in and some paddle ball games too. It was lots of fun.

What's your favorite place in Barcelona and what do you like most?
I think my favorite thing in Barcelona was going to the Gaudi cathedral yesterday. It was incredible! All the pictures I took don't even do it justice in showing how big it is. I really like Barcelona. There is a completely different feel here compared to the other cities we have visited.

Are you ready to go home, or would you like to stay for a few more days?
This is the longest trip that I've ever been on, so I'm a little ready to go home. But, I've loved every second of this trip. I've had so much fun touring Spain with my teammates and everyone else. So in that sense I don't want it to be over.

Did you do any shopping and have you bought any souvenirs?
I did a little bit of shopping! I got a couple of little gifts for my friends and family and a souvenir for me that will always remind me of this trip. Oh, and I definitely bought some chocolate to take home with me. European chocolate is just better than the stuff back home.

Alohi Robins-Hardy summarizes our final game in Spain.

Tell us about the game vs. FSA?
I think our team did well. Femeni Sant Adria (FSA) was a pretty well-rounded team.

How were their players and their skill level?
They had a lot of good shooters and their ball handlers weren’t too bad. They also had a couple of players that were able to post up, unlike the other team’s we’ve played.

Where did we play, how was the facility?
The one thing I do know is that it was extremely hot. It was literally like a sauna in there, probably the hottest gym anyone has ever played in.

As a team, how did we play?
We had our highs and our lows, but I think that overall we did really well. I believe we were able to handle the ball a lot better in this game.

Did we get together with the team and/or exchange gifts?
We did not exchange jerseys because no one wanted to.

In Bilbao for sightseeing and third game. Blog #7

Aug 22, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 7:35 pm | Updated: August 22, 2014 8:39 pm | Permalink

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bilbao, Spain Blog #7

Today the Cougar women’s basketball team spent part of the day sightseeing, touring the Guggenheim Museum and then played its third game in Spain.

Head coach Jeff Judkins provides the day’s blog. Maddy Ziering-Smith will give us a summary of tonight’s game.

BYU beat EUS 69-50. The Federation that has been hosting us did an awesome job preparing for the game. The team that we played was very well coached.

What did the team do today?
Today the Basketball Federation was so kind and planned a guided excursion for us on a boat stationed in the harbor. Our team and the EUS team both went on the boat tour. Bilbao has the most modern harbor in Spain. Early on it was known as being very safe. You can apparently swim in the water, but I don’t think anyone will try that soon. This harbor took 15 years to redo and is known as the heart of the city. The first transporter bridge in the world is in this harbor. It was fun to see. It carries (like a gondola) cars, freight, people, etc.

After the boat tour, our team spent some time in the Guggenheim Museum that is here in Bilbao. It was built in 1997 and is made with three things – stone, glass and titanium. One of the highlights for the team was the spider art form called Mother and the Wishing Tree. At night, the Guggenheim’s five fountains in the front all light up with dancing fire. We all also enjoyed the Huge Dog statue made with flowers.

What did you eat today? We had breakfast in the hotel and then for lunch I had a veggie sandwich and two éclairs. After the game, we ate dinner at the hotel as a team. It was the first time that I’ve ever had rice, egg, and tomato sauce for an appetizer. Then we were served salads that we shared. Then we had tuna and white potatoes and warm water from a bottle. So many courses!!!

Maddy Ziering-Smith has tonight’s game summary from a player’s perspective.
We played EUS (Basque National Team) for the second time.

Did they do anything different against us?
The biggest difference was that they switched from man-to-man defense to a zone defense.

Did we do anything differently?
We wanted to come out more aggressively and set the tone for the game. Also, the first game they were successful at pressing so we fixed getting better catches and pushing the ball up the court.

Defensively we switched defensive strategies and lastly we didn’t have any technical fouls or back-court violations:)

Did you play any differently, how did you match up with their players in the second game?
Played more aggressive and forced the guards left. We also ended the game squeezing on pick on balls.

How did we play?
We played a great game and really focused on working on the adjustments. We were successful and won by 19, 69-50

Did we get together with the team afterwards? Any gift exchanges?
After the game we traded jerseys with them and took a group photo wearing them. We became pretty good friends with the National Team and we really enjoyed the experience.

Did you get to have a conversation with a player? What did you talk about?
Prior to the game we were able to go on a boat ride with them. It was a lot of fun getting to know them and talking about our different ways of life. They were fascinated with our currency and I gave them $1 to have for the time when they come to the United States.

Did you find out anything unique or interesting about the players?
They range in age from 21 to 30 years old and their schooling is separate from basketball so it takes them longer to finish their education. They are professional athletes and (are paid approximately 1,00 Euros a month) and only 12 players are allowed on each team.

Bronco Mendenhall promos

Aug 22, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:34 am | Permalink

Coach Bronco Mendenhall got the chance to show off his acting chops in these promos for BYU Sports Nation. Check them out.

Game day, team's second game

Aug 21, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 8:27 pm | Updated: August 21, 2014 8:40 pm | Permalink

San Sebastian, Spain (Thursday, August 21, 2014)

Today was game day for BYU women's basketball. They played their second of four games on their 10-day tour of Spain. The team was the Basque National Team, Euskady (EUS) and the contest was played in San Sebastian.

Blog #6 Makenzie Nielson, the team manager provides us with a report on the day’s events. A summary of the game from a player's perspective is given by Micaelee Orton

What did you do and see today?
After breakfast and our shootaround, we saw the Spanish countryside as we traveled from Bilbao to San Sebastian. It is beautiful and so green.

How does San Sebastian compare with Bilbao and Madrid?
It is nothing like Madrid. It is super green and looks like it could be in Portland. Madrid looks like Las Vegas. They are very different.

What is unique about San Sebastian?
San Sebastian is unique because it has the most expensive real estate in Spain. It is an extremely beautiful city.

Did you buy any souvenirs?
We bought a game that is similar to ping-pong. It has paddles and a ball and you hit the ball back and forth to try and keep it from hitting the ground.

What were your meals like? What did you eat?
Today for lunch a lot of us were really hungry and we wanted to eat something that was familiar so we went to McDonald’s. Then we had a delicious dinner after our game. We had salad, rice and chicken and yogurt and fruit for dessert.

What was the itinerary for today?
Today was a really relaxed day. The team woke up and went to shootaround. Then we went to San Sebastian, ate lunch and then played on the beach for a couple of hours. After the beach we went to our game and then straight to dinner. Then finally we rode the bus back to Bilbao to sleep.

More on the game vs. the Basque National Team, Euskadi, from Micaelee Orton

What was this game like?
We come out strong right form the tip. I think we were ahead the entire game. The starters really set the tone and executed very well. Our defense was really good as well. I think we surprised the other team.

Tell us about this team …
This team was definitely better than the first team we played. It’s their national team so they executed much better and were more organized, the skill level of the girls individually was much better and they were also a lot taller. I think the difference between our first game and this one was that we were just more ready to play.

Did you have to make any adjustments to the game/format, etc.?
This game was a little different because we only had a 24-second shot clock and only eight seconds to get across half-court. We played four 10-minute quarters, which was different also. It kind of made the game feel like it went by faster. After five fouls we went into the bonus, shooting two shots, so that was new as well. It’s kind of weird that we can’t yell when the other team is shooting. I’m so used to yelling “shot!” when they shoot. I even did yell it a couple of times when I was playing because I forgot, but luckily I didn’t get a technical.

Where did we play, what was the facility like?
The facility was definitely the nicest one we’ve been to here. We also had a pretty decent-sized crowd, and our BYU fans were awesome and good in numbers as well.

How did we play?
We played great and had fun. Morgan Bailey came out in beast-mode right from the start and just dominated. Kylie handled the ball and set the pace very well too. We seemed more relaxed and more focused. We wanted to beat these girls.

Did we get together with the team afterwards? Gift exchange?
We got with them before and after the game. Before the game, we gave them t-shirts and they gave us a small decorative flag and t-shirts as well. After the game, we all got together on the court and took a group picture.

Did you get to have a conversation with a player or two?
I didn’t have the opportunity to talk with any of the players. Everything was happening kind of fast. But it was okay because I was saved from the embarrassment of my poor Spanish-speaking skills! I have none.

Did you find out anything unique or interesting about the players?
I thought it was very cool that they are the national team. Not many teams get the opportunity to not only represent their university, but their country as well. When they played our national anthem at the beginning of our game for us, I felt very honored and fortunate to be here and play their national team while representing our country at the same time.

BYU Athletics hosts 10th annual Cougar Kickoff

Aug 21, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:42 am | Updated: August 21, 2014 2:06 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics began the 2014 fall season with its 10th annual Cougar Kickoff Wednesday evening.

Thousands were in attendance to meet athletes from the football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and cross country teams. Players signed autographs and played games with fans.

Those who participated also had a chance to meet Cosmo, the Cheer team and the Cougarettes.

Photos of the evening’s festivities can be found on the BYU Cougars Facebook page.

Fans will have an additional opportunity to visit with members of the football team this Saturday when the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Cougar Club sponsors the Big Blue Bash. The event begins at 7 p.m. MDT at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City. Admission is $10 at the door.

BYU women in San Sebastian, Spain Blog #5

Aug 20, 2014 - Posted by Norma Collett at 4:35 pm | Updated: August 20, 2014 5:41 pm | Permalink

San Sebastian, Spain (Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014)

Blog #5

Now in their sixth day in Spain, the BYU women's basketball team left Bilbao in the morning and traveled by bus about 90-minutes away to do some sightseeing in San Sebastian. The Cougar women are scheduled to play a game vs. National Team Pais Basque there Thursday night.

The day as seen by Savannah Irwin

How was the bus ride to San Sebastian?
The view from the bus was breathtaking!! For miles (or rather, kilometers) all you could see was lush greenery, foliage on rolling hills until suddenly a tiny town with high-rise buildings in orange, green or another bright color would appear out of nowhere. It was something else.

What did you see along the way?
I saw many vibrant buildings and high-rises and tons of trees and greenery. Along the way, I talked with everyone sitting around me and enjoyed some laughs.

What did you see in San Sebastian that you liked or disliked?
The best part of the entire day was when we first arrived in San Sebastian and went to an overlook which had a tiny amusement park and fantastic view of the entire city. You could see everything from there. Several of us got to enjoy the bumper cars at the amusement park and that was so fun.

What about lunch and dinner?
I actually ended up eating lunch and dinner at the same place and ordered an old reliable pizza. However, the kind of pizza was something I’d never had outside of Spain. It had spinach, bacon, onion and cream on it. It was delicious!

What customs have you observed, how are the Spanish people?
Smoking is definitely way more common in Spain. Almost everyone outside, young and old do it. The people overall have been very kind and patient. They listen to my broken Spanish and try to help me the best they can. Also, tipping in Spain is optional, although we still do it.

Have you been able to do some shopping, got any souvenirs?
I got some bracelets for my family and me that say “San Sebastian” on them. Also, while we were on the beach, I collected seashells and filled a cup with sand that I’ll put in a glass bottle and keep as a souvenir. I also bought some clothes because my luggage was lost and won’t be here until tomorrow.

What else did you do today?
Going to the beach was definitely an awesome experience. The water was beautiful and just warm enough to enjoy the time there even thought the sun was hiding. The only complaint I have, which is a silly one to say the least, was that there was only a short board for Maddy to teach me to surf on. On the bus ride back to Bilbao and our hotel, several of my teammates and coaches, including our associate athletic director Brian Santiago, entertained us with some karaoke.