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Report: Expansion likely for Big 12 as conference recognizes the need for change

The Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby clearly acknowledged a need for action, while the tenor of Big 12 meetings was reportedly pro-expansion. Good for BYU? Wednesday, Big 12 athletic directors and coaches all met for a presentation about the benefits of expansion from the current 10 team format, and things are getting serious. Big12 commish Bob Bowlsby: "If we do nothing we'll be substantially behind (other Power leagues) a decade from now." — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 4, 2016 ESPN's Adam Rittenberg summed up the tenor of the meetings this way: Big 12 meetings over. My...
Vanquish The Foe 11 hours ago

BYU Football's never too early 2017 NFL Draft projections

With 27 seniors on the roster for 2016, the Cougars will have plenty of players that will be eligible for the draft. Which ones have the best chance of being drafted? The 2016 NFL Draft has come and gone which means one thing and one thing only. It's time to talk about the 2017 NFL Draft. That's right. We're going full Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay here at Vanquish the Foe and we're going to analyze the prospects of a few BYU Football players and discuss the odds of their name being called next year. There has been a lot of discussion about BYU's ability (or lack thereof) to groom players...

The Big 12 is reportedly just one school away from deciding to expand

Ooooooh, and you thought we'd be done talking about this for a while! Nope! So here's what this means. After firing off missives about why the Big 12 should expand, and specifically, why they should add Cincinnati and BYU, I thought I'd be done writing about Big 12 expansion for at least a little while. But conference leadership cares little for my preferred publishing schedule, and now the story is back in the news. Here's a run down of the latest updates, and what they mean: Wait, why is everybody talking about this again? Are y'all that desperate for #clicks? There's a legitimate...

BYU didn't have a very good NFL Draft again, but it's not worth complaining about

BYU didn't have a big NFL Draft. Again. But that's probably okay. The NFL Draft is finally in the books, and once again, BYU football didn't have that great of a night. Bronson Kaufusi was scooped up early in the 3rd round by the Baltimore Ravens, but he was the only Cougar to hear his named announced on draft night. That isn't a new occurrence. BYU didn't have a single played drafted in 2015. They haven't had multiple players picked in the same conventional NFL Draft since 2009 (Harvy Unga was picked in the 2010 supplemental draft). The Cougars haven't had multiple players picked outside...
Vanquish The Foe May 2, 2016

Why Bronson Kaufusi is a good fit for the Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens drafted BYU standout Bronson Kaufusi this past weekend with the 70th overall pick. How good of a fit is he with the team and organization? How much will he see the field in 2016? "With the 70th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU." This was an exciting moment for Bronson, and a proud moment for BYU Football and its fans. Kaufusi was on his way to a defensive heavy team, and to a conference that is rich in history, and rivalries. Maybe more exciting was teaming up with former BYU standout Dennis Pitta, and offensive...
Vanquish The Foe May 1, 2016

2016 NFL Draft: BYU WR Terenn Houk invited to tryout with the Chicago Bears

Terenn Houk has a new home with the Chicago Bears and now it is time to wait and see if it will work out. BYU TE Terenn Houk has been invited to tryout with the Chicago Bears according to Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune. The 6-foot-5, 255 pound tight end will be missed at BYU but it is never a negative for the program to have another player make it into the NFL ranks. Terenn posted a solid stat line in his senior season with 37 receptions for 490 yards and two touchdowns. Much of his production came as a tight end, but it is yet to be determined if that will translate into the NFL. If...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 28, 2016

BYU Football: 2016 NFL Draft Central

The 2016 NFL Draft is here and that means several BYU hopefuls are waiting to hear if their name is one of the 253 that will be called over the next three days. The rest of the former Cougars hoping to get an NFL shot will have to wait until after the Draft to see where their fates lie. Check back often to see updates on where BYU's NFL hopefuls are drafted or where they end up in free agency. The 2016 NFL Draft is upon us and that means a handful of former Cougars will be nervously waiting to see if they will get the chance to continue their football careers in the NFL. As in recent...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 28, 2016

4 reasons BYU fans should follow the 2016 NFL Draft

The 2016 NFL Draft is upon us and that means a handful of former Cougars will be nervously waiting to see if they will get the chance to continue their football careers in the NFL. As in recent year's there are only a few prospects out of the Y that actually have a shot of being drafted. Bronson Kaufusi is at the top of that list and the only former Cougar in this year's class that is considered to be guaranteed draftee. But that doesn't mean that aren't a number of interesting storylines for BYU fans to keep an eye on the next few days. Several other Cougars have met with an NFL team or...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 27, 2016

BYU football announces 2016 offseason fireside schedule

The schedule for BYU's new Spring firesides is out. Will Kalani Sitake be coming to a stake center near you? BYU football released it's 2016 offseason fireside schedule today. The release comes after head coach Kalani Sitake announced that he would continue the fireside tradition started by former coach Bronco Mendenhall, but would move the events to the offseason. Here is the schedule: table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 27, 2016

BYU basketball needs to add a wing — and UVU transfer Konner Frey may be the man for the job

The Cougars have a hole on the wing, and sources tell VTF that they're interested in a crosstown graduate transfer to help fill it. There's a lot to be optimistic about with next year's BYU basketball team. Fans are rightfully excited about the unprecedented influx of young talent that will be entering the program. But despite all that, there has been one small cause for concern gnawing at many observers. While BYU's perimeter attack will undoubtedly be bolstered at the top by the return of Nick Emery and the additions of TJ Haws and Elijah Bryant, there is a paucity of depth and experience...

Here's the full case for the Big 12 to add BYU and Cincinnati

For the sake of their future, the Big 12 should expand. Specifically, they should add BYU and Cincinnati. Yesterday, I broke down why I felt the Big 12 should probably expand soon, even if said expansion wouldn't vault them into financial parity with the Big Ten or SEC. In fact, it's possible that such expansion could theoretically even cost a few programs in the short term. But the Big 12's ability to profit from expansion depends quite a bit on which teams they actually invite. After breaking everything down, I think there are two programs that stand out....Cincinnati and BYU. Here's...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 25, 2016

BYU Football lands their third commitment for the 2017 class

Sitake and company received their third commitment and it seems their push for recruiting nation wide is working. The southeast is not a typical spot to find a BYU recruit but it happened Monday as the Cougars received a commitment from TE Tanner Baker. If you are wondering if TE coach Steve Clark and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer is serious about returning the tight end, you have your answer. This makes the second of just three total commitments who play that position. Dennis Pitta, a household name for cougar fans, attended the same high school as Tanner did out in California. However,...

Here's why the Big 12 needs to expand, and not for the reasons you might think

We're going to be subjected to another few months of Big 12 meetings and intrigue. Let's just solve everything right here instead. It's the offseason, and after the NFL Draft this weekend, this biggest events for the next few months tend to center around various NCAA and conference meetings and discussions. The biggest meetings for this summer, of course, are with the Big 12, where fans across the country are hoping for some sort of definite answers about possible Big 12 expansion. The pro-expansion wing of the Big 12, (namely Oklahoma and West Virginia, but could include others) appears...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 24, 2016

BYU Volleyball earns top seed in NCAA Tournament

After going 26-3 the Cougars are the to seed in the tournament. After the BYU Cougars finished up a 26-3 campaign on the volleyball court by winning the Mountain Pacific Sport Federation (MPSF) on Saturday night, the Cougars earned the number one seed in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament next week. With the top seed the Cougars earned a bye into the semifinals and will start of their tournament run on Thursday May 5th at 4pm MST. The Cougars know that they will face off against either the 4th seeded Long Beach State or 5th seeded Erskine. The Cougars faced the Long Beach State twice in the...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 22, 2016

BYU baseball pitcher Maverik Buffo out with season ending injury

The Cougars pitching rotation took a hit today. The BYU baseball team will play the rest of their season without star pitcher Maverik Buffo. Buffo was the #2 pitcher in the Cougars rotation all season. The sophomore right handed hurler was having terrific season. Maverik had a 6-2 record with a 3.63 ERA. Buffo had a 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio with 34 Ks. He also foiled opposing batters as they hit a collective .266 batting average. The news was released by BYU baseball sports information director Ralph Zobell via Twitter: RHP Maverik Buffo of No. 20 #BYUbaseball out for rest of season...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 22, 2016

BYU baseball faces Creighton in huge weekend series

Cougars are in their toughest stretch of the season, can the Y overcome the Bluejays? In a storybook season, BYU is currently in the chapter where the script writer builds up the adversity. The Cougar baseball team finally lost a weekend series. They dropped two of three games in Moraga against co-WCC leaders St. Mary's last weekend. BYU's bats finally slowed down against the Gaels. As a team, the Y hit .267 for the series -- they entered the series hitting .336 (4th best in the nation). As a result, scoring runs came more difficult. As a team, they manufactured four, four, and five runs in...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 22, 2016

Corbin Kaufusi to play both football and basketball for BYU in 2017

That's a TALL football player. Today, Dave Rose announced that Corbin Kaufusi will play both football and basketball in 2016-17. Corbin Kaufusi is 6-foot-10 and 225-pounds. Corbin famously first committed to BYU as a football player out of Timpview High School. He then grew several inches while on his mission and became a BYU basketball player upon his return. Now, after solely focusing on basketball as a freshman and sophomore, Kaufusi's junior year will see his athletic attentions split between the court and the gridiron. The news was released by BYU today: Here is the full release from...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 21, 2016

Listen to Ben Criddle talk BYU Football with Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez

Yesterday Ben Criddle and the crew at ESPN 960 welcomed Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez to the CougarSports phone lines. With Arizona looming large as the opening game for the BYU Cougars football team, much of the discussion centered around BYU. Don't miss Rich Rod talk about the difficulties presented by facing a first game opponent that is coached by a new staff, and trying to prepare for a team that has no film on either side of the ball. Find out what he thinks about the quality of BYU and if he believes the Cougars are a P-5 caliber team. Criddle even tries to scout the...

What the Big Ten's new massive TV deal means for BYU

The last big domino in the TV rights world before BYU's TV expires just fell. What does it mean for the Cougars? BYU's TV deal with ESPN ends in either 2018 or 2019, depending on whether ESPN exercises their option on BYU's final year. The TV rights marketplace has changed quite a bit since BYU signed the deal back in 2010, but most of the big conference rights deals have already been taken care of, and aren't slated to get renegotiated until the mid 2020s. All of them, except one. The Big Ten's new rights deal is getting redone now, and despite some projections that maybe it wouldn't be...
Vanquish The Foe Apr 19, 2016

BYU Football releases post-spring depth chart, 9 positions up for grabs

Now that the dust of spring ball has settled, Kalani Sitake and his staff have released their projected two-deep depth chart for the 2016 football season. We are still months away from meaningful football games, but that isn't stopping the BYU coaching staff from releasing a two-deep depth chart coming out of spring camp. What stands out most here? There are nine positions up for grabs, meaning there will likely be several serious competition for starting spots that should add an exciting element to fall camp. The depth chart includes those who sat out spring ball due...

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