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Texas is great, but BYU football may want to recruit in Ohio too

BYU is smartly trying to expand its footprint in Texas, but are there other markets that may be ripe for Cougar football to hit? You don't need to be a recruiting die-hard to know that BYU is trying to expand its recruiting foothold in the state of Texas. A quick glance at the commitment list from last year, or a cursory look at our fancy interactive recruiting board, shows that while the Cougars are still very interested in their traditional recruiting grounds in the state of Utah, and in places like Southern California, the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest, BYU is also trying to plant...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 28, 2015

BYU Rugby Throttles USU 100-0 at South Field

The Brigham Young Cougars took the field Saturday afternoon against the Utah State Aggies who were looking for revenge after losing to the Cougars earlier this season. The Cougars protected South Field once again and came out on top. The BYU Cougars took the field again this week to take on the revenge driven Aggies of Utah State. BYU had previously beat the Aggies earlier this season 64-12 in Logan, and swept them again this year beating them 100-0. The stands in South Field slowly filled up as the Cougars went on to throttled the Aggies. The Cougars were feeling confident and fresh after...

BYU football contract with Mississippi State also includes conference cancellation clause

VTF has obtained a copy of the contract for BYU and MSU's future football games, and it includes an interesting cancellation clause. Via an open records request, Vanquish The Foe has obtained a copy of the contract for BYU football's upcoming two-game series with the Mississippi State Bulldogs of the SEC. While much of the language and structure of the contract is similar to that of other games, like the one we previously obtained for the Michigan State series, there are a few interesting wrinkles. As previously announced, Mississippi State will travel to Provo on October 15, 2016, while...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 25, 2015

Former BYU Baseball player Arik Mack dead in car accident

Tragedy has struck a former Cougar athlete. Tragedy hit the BYU Baseball family yesterday as former left-handed pitcher Arik Mack was killed in a car accident. The accident occurred on US Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon when Mack collided with a coal truck. Arik Mack was recruited out of Maple Mountain High School, where he led the Golden Eagles to the 4A state championship game. Mack tossed a no-hitter during the state championship tournament against Salem Hills. Mack was also honored twice as the 4A pitcher of the year. He is second all-time in career strikeouts for Utah high school...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 25, 2015

How Arizona State's coaching shakeup could affect BYU basketball's recruiting

Herb Sendek is out in Tempe — and his exit may have recruiting repercussions for Dave Rose and the Cougars. When Arizona State fired basketball coach Herb Sendek after nine years on the job Tuesday, the move created a ripple effect that will be felt far and wide in the world of college hoops — including, potentially, in Provo. Sendek's exit could prove to have varying levels of impact on BYU's recruiting efforts, particularly as they pertain to three prominent players in the Class of 2016. Let's take a closer look at how the drama in the desert may affect the work being done by Dave...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 20, 2015

Looking Back: Observations from BYU basketball's roller coaster season

The pain may still be fresh, but it's time to review the Cougars' simultaneously historic and uneven season. It's been a few days, but I think I'm finally ready to do this. Let's talk about BYU's basketball season — rationally. As difficult as the ending was to stomach — marred by an incomparable meltdown of epic proportions on a national stage — the truth remains: This was actually a pretty good year for the Cougars. Sure, I'd prefer they didn't decide to go down in a hail of self-inflicted bullets in the NCAA Tournament. And yes, I'd much rather BYU not be a national punchline for a...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 19, 2015

Report: BYU and Mississippi State schedule football series in 2016-17

On the heels of SEC schedule rules, another SEC team is slated to visit Provo. BYU has agreed to a home-and-home football series with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. The Bulldogs will visit Provo in 2016 and BYU travels to Starkville the following year. Mississippi State, BYU agree to home/home series; 2016 at BYU, 2017 at MSU sources told @ESPN — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) March 19, 2015 In no coincidence, the news comes on the heels of McMurphy's report that the SEC will count BYU as a team that meets their non-conference Power 5 schedule...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 17, 2015

3-Man Weave Live: BYU vs. Ole Miss postgame recap show

Join the Vanquish The Foe staff as they break down the First Four showdown between the Cougars and Rebels. Welcome to Three-Man Weave Live, a live postgame show featuring analysis of the BYU Cougars' battle with the Ole Miss Rebels in the NCAA tournament's First Four. Come back here right after the final buzzer sounds to get instant reactions and analysis from our team of hoops junkies. You can watch the show — and even get involved! — in just three easy steps: 1. Tune in. Watch Three-Man Weave Live using the livestream embedded below, starting immediately after the completion of the...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 17, 2015

BYU vs. Ole Miss NCAA Tournament Preview: Predictions, betting odds, and probabilities

A look at expert predictions for BYU's First Four matchup against Mississippi. BYU has returned to Dayton for the First Four for the second time in four seasons. In 2012, the Cougars mounted the biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history, winning after getting 25 points down to Iona. That was a matchup of two 14-seeds. Tuesday, BYU and Mississippi face off as 11-seeds at Dayton Arena. The game tips at 7:10 pm MT and airs on TruTV. Here is a look at how experts and oddsmakers are predicting the game. VEGAS When the line opened, BYU was a 2.5-point favorite to defeat Ole Miss with an...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 17, 2015

Know The Foe, NCAA Tournament Edition: BYU vs. Ole Miss infographic preview

A statistical preview and bio blast of BYU and Mississippi, presented in infographical form. BYU fans are rightly excited for the Cougars' First Four matchup against Ole Miss, one of the few power conference programs the Cougars have never played. Many pundits have been penciling in BYU to win this game (and some have moved BYU along past the second round as well). If we look at the tournament histories of the two programs, it looks like BYU has a bit of an edge as well--recently and historically. As a program, BYU has four times the tournament appearances as Ole Miss. Ole Miss has lost...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 16, 2015

CougarCast: NCAA Tournament and Ole Miss preview show

Keith and Tosh preview Tuesday night's huge game in the First Four in Dayton and discuss BYU's seeding and tournament selection. The Cougars are dancing! A talented Ole Miss team awaits in Dayton. In this episode: Theories about why the committee put BYU in the First Four against Ole Miss. (2:30) Who are the Ole Miss Rebels? (3:45) Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody (4:35) Ole Miss guard Jarvis Summers (10:38) Ole Miss guard LaDarius White (16:00) BYU's injured players to play and contribute? (19:00) Historically BYU performs well against closely matched teams in post-season play (21:00) Water...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 16, 2015

2015 NCAA Tournament: BYU dancing in Dayton

The Cougars are dancing for the 8th time in 9 seasons. Here is everything you need in one place. For the eighth time in nine seasons, the BYU Cougars have qualified for the NCAA Tournament. BYU celebrated its at-large selection during the tournament selection show, where CBS announced the Cougars as an 11th seed, drawing the Ole Miss Rebels. The game, which is a play-in contest, will tip at 7:10 p.m. MT on Tuesday, March 17 in Dayton, Ohio. After climbing to 25 wins on an eight-game win streak before falling to Gonzaga in the WCC title game, BYU's bubble case was made even more clear as...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 16, 2015

5 takeaways from BYU basketball's nerve-wracking Selection Sunday

The Cougars are headed to the Big Dance — by the skin of their teeth. You can exhale now. They're in. BYU saw their ticket to the NCAA Tournament punched on Sunday evening — although not quite in the way many expected. The Cougars, who most prognosticators believed to be solidly situated in the field, were among the last four teams included, setting up a surprise matchup with fellow 11-seed Ole Miss in a play-in game on Tuesday evening in Dayton. Here are five quick takeaways from BYU's nerve-wracking Selection Sunday on (the right side of) the bubble: 1. At least they're in This was...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 15, 2015

BYU draws 11th seed in NCAA Tournament, facing Ole Miss in Jacksonville, FL

The Cougars are dancing for the 8th time in 9 seasons. For the eighth time in nine seasons, the BYU Cougars have qualified for the NCAA Tournament. BYU celebrated its at-large selection during the tournament selection show, where CBS announced the Cougars as an 11th, drawing the Ole Miss Rebels. The game is in Jacksonville, FL, and will tip Tues., March 17. After climbing to 25 wins on an eight-game win streak before falling to Gonzaga in the WCC title game, BYU's bubble case was made even more clear as other bubble teams (especially in the SEC) fell to inferior opponents. The bid is the...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 14, 2015

BYU vs Saint Mary's Rugby recap: Cougars come from behind to win 35-26.

A come from behind victory give the Cougars their second win over the Gaels. With first place in the Division I college rugby rankings on the line, the top ranked BYU Cougars hosted the 4th  ranked Saint Mary's Gaels. Just a couple of weeks ago the Cougars walked onto the Gaels home field and stole a win 32-28. Saint Mary's was out for revenge for not only last months game, but were trying to keep BYU from winning 3 of the last 4 in the series. The Cougars started off the game with a quick penalty giving Saint Mary's a penalty kick only a minute and a half into the game, and quickly found...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 14, 2015

How to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show: Start time, TV schedule, streaming, and more

With a lot going BYU's way recently, the Cougars should be in the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year. After losing a second game to Pepperdine back on February 5th, many thought BYU's NCAA Tournament hopes were all but over. The Cougars had other plans though, winning their next eight games, picking up their signature win of the season at the then 3rd-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, and playing their way back into the bubble. This past Tuesday night the Cougars winning streak came to an end at the hands of those same Bulldogs in the West Coast Conference Championship game. Once again...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 14, 2015

Bubble Watch Rooting Guide: Report card, update on BYU's standing

Conference tournaments are bringing a lot of resolution to BYU's spot on the bubble. Here's an update. There has been a lot of hoops played in the last three days, and it's been a fun week for fans of college basketball. It's also been a good week for fans of BYU basketball. It hasn't been perfect, but I can't imagine the week going much better for BYU's bubble case thus far. In fact, barring some crazy results today and Sunday, I'm fairly confident BYU isn't even on the bubble anymore. (Thanks, SEC!) Let's check in on the results and report on our original rooting guide: Root For...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 13, 2015

BYU football recruiting: Class of 2016 prospect big board and interactive map

Click, zoom, and scroll your way through BYU football's 2016 recruiting efforts. Here is your hub for BYU's 2016 football recruiting class. Click and zoom through the map for some interactive fun, consult the recruiting board below of targets and their highlights, and view the running blog of changes/updates to the board. It's important to note that there are many prospects who will be officially rated by scouting services as we progress through summer, where many players will be evaluated at various camps throughout the country, including the two BYU puts on in June. We'll also begin to...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 13, 2015

BYU football recruiting: News feed for 2016 commitments, offers, and other news

A running blog of BYU's 2016 football recruiting efforts, made as a companion to the 2016 big board and interactive map. This is a running blog of recruiting news for BYU's 2016 class. This page will act as a news wire for recruiting news relative to the 2016 class and will reflect closely with changes/updates to the 2016 big board and interactive map. Refer to the big board/map for a full list of 2016 prospects and their status, including their profiles and highlight videos. RUNNING BLOG OF CHANGES TO BIG BOARD (AND OTHER NEWS) 3/13/2015BYU commit Garrett Bolles rated 91.00 (4 stars)...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 11, 2015

Bubble Watch Rooting Guide: Where BYU can get NCAA Tournament help

BYU's campaign is done and Selection Sunday awaits. Here is who to root for (and against) in the mean time. BYU's resume is built. A top-40 RPI, an excellent non-conference strength of schedule, and a road win against the RPI #8 team bode well for the Cougars. But now, we wait. You can still exercise your sportsing muscles by rooting for help around the 2015 tournament bubble, however. There are several conference tournaments this week. Here's what you need to know. Root For Chalk BYU needs an absence of "bid thieves" in the remaining conference tournaments. Bid thievery occurs when a...

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