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Vanquish The Foe Jun 24, 2016

BYU Basketball: Kyle Collinsworth agrees to play with the Dallas Mavericks summer league team

Kyle Collinsworth has been added by The Dallas Mavericks as an undrafted free-agent to their Summer League Team. The NCAA’s all-time career triple-double record holder, Kyle Collinsworth will play on the Dallas Mavericks summer league team according to Mike Fisher (@fishsports) of DallasBasketball.com. ALERT: Donnie Nelson tells https://t.co/NVriu7PM4m #Mavs will have Kyle Collinsworth (6-6 210 PG from BYU) for Summer League — mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) June 24, 2016 He will join the Mavs' Summer League team with A.J. Hammons a 7-footer from Purder who was drafted in the 2nd...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 24, 2016

BYU football recruiting: Tariq Buchanan becomes eighth commitment of the 2017 class

The BYU coaching staff is continuing the philosophy of grabbing guys early, as they now have eight commitments for the next recruiting class. Tariq Buchanan, out of Elgin High in Texas is a fast WR who also plays basketball and runs track, and is now the latest to join the BYU football family. Tariq ran a 22.42 200 meter sprint and the new BYU coaching staff will look to capitalize on that speed on the gridiron. He stands at 6’ 2” and weighs 174 pounds. Looking at his highlights, Buchanan is clearly their big play receiver and his stats show it as he averaged an astounding 25.5...

BYU and Fresno State in “final negotiations” to play 2017 game at Oakland Coliseum

The Cougars could get another game at a pro stadium BYU football is no stranger to neutral site games, even neutral site games in pro stadiums. Now, according to a new report, the Cougars might get another chance to play under the big lights in the near future. Per the minutes of a meeting from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, dated June 17, 2016, BYU and Fresno State are in “final negotiations” with Fresno State’s athletic director play their 2017 matchup at the Coliseum. This potential matchup and venue were mentioned in previous meetings with the...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 22, 2016

Cougs on Cougs: The rendezvous between BYU football and basketball and Broadway’s Hamilton

Jess and Mary share their favorite mashups between BYU sports and Broadway sensation Hamilton. In episode 23 of Cougs on Cougs, Jess and Mary pay tribute to #23 King James with the quote of the week and tie him in to BYU Football with an emotional and hilarious LeBron meme. We also announce the winner of our kid’s art contest and share some photos of your dads in BYU gear in honor of Father’s Day. @cougsoncougs Two of my five boys, and me of course. #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/XTdvaYlkN5— Rick the Younger (@rise_upcougars) June 20, 2016 It’s officially summer! Unfortunately that...

ESPN is writing big checks again, and that may be good news for BYU football

ESPN ended up throwing its hat in on a portion of Big Ten rights. What does it mean for BYU? When the first half of the Big Ten media rights deal was reported in April, I wrote about some of the possible winners and losers for our Ohio State blog, Land-Grant Holy Land. I mentioned BYU as a possible loser in this deal and elaborated on that stance a little bit for a post on Vanquish The Foe, again, in late April. But new developments may signal good news for BYU on the TV front. The tl;dr for my possible concern went like this: Assuming BYU doesn’t get a Big 12 invite before the end of...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 22, 2016

BYU basketball in the Final Four? Not so fast.

Making a Final Four is difficult. What does it take to get there? Everybody knows BYU basketball is looking at a good generation of players who have achieved great heights in high school. Top 100 players in their high school class. High School National Championships. A long time to play together. The result is the “loyal, strong and true” are turning into Marriott Center Maniacs. The enthusiasm is wonderful, but has turned into sincere recklessness. Fans (and even a few media) prognosticators have visions of the BYU basketball team playing in the Final Four (and this time, not in the...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 21, 2016

Former BYU standout Taylor Sander named to USA Men’s Volleyball roster for Rio Olympics

Former BYU volleyball outside hitter Taylor Sander has been named to the USA Men’s Volleyball roster for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil according to a release from USA Volleyball. Sander is one of the eight newcomers to the Olympic games that made the final 22-man roster. Although he will be an Olympic rookie, Sander has been competing internationally with Team USA since the 2014 NORCECA World Championship Qualifier. While at BYU, Sander was a four-time AVCA All-American and the 2014 AVCA Player of the Year. Sander led the Cougars to an appearance in the NCAA...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 21, 2016

BYU football recruiting: 2017 OLB Ben Bywater commits to the Cougars

After a slew of future commitments, BYU football secured a commitment for its current recruiting class, 2016 linebacker Ben Bywater. Last week, it seemed like BYU added roughly a million commitments, but the bulk of them were for future recruiting classes. Now, the Cougars have added another name to the 2017 class, this time on the defensive side of the ball. 2017 OLB Ben Bywater, of Salt Lake City, Utah, tweeted his commitment to BYU football. Committed. ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/42FNDkmJaA — Ben Bywater (@benbywater5) June 21, 2016 A three-star prospect according to the major...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 21, 2016

Listen to BYU Basketball coach Dave Rose talk with Ben Criddle

Ben Criddle and ESPN 960 took the opportunity to welcome BYU Basketball Head Coach Dave Rose to their show yesterday and the interview didn’t disappoint. Listen as Coach Rose talks about the talent that has come back, or will be coming back, from their missions, the new Strength and Conditioning Coach, and the loss of key players from last years team. In the interview the coach also touches on the chemistry needed and his feelings on using graduate transfers and JC players. He also talks about the current roster and the possibility of adding another piece to the puzzle. If you have ever...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 20, 2016

NBA Draft Profile: BYU PG Kyle Collinsworth

After a flurry of work outs with NBA teams the waiting game starts for the former Cougar point guard. Now that the workout portion of the NBA Draft has concluded, it is time to look at and try to project where Kyle Collinsworth may end up at the end of the night on June 23.  Collinsworth is an intriguing prospect because he is capable of putting up huge numbers statistically, yet also has some glaring holes in his game that combined with his age could ultimately keep him from hearing his named called during the draft. One of the first things mentioned in all of the websites that are trying...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 18, 2016

BYU basketball: Is Utah 7-footer Matt Van Komen the next Shawn Bradley?

Matt Van Komen is a 15-year old, 7’4 giant who just finished his Freshman year playing basketball for Pleasant Grove High With the recent addition of LJ Rose to the BYU basketball team and rumors of another transfer soon to be added, Cougar fans can breathe a sigh of relief that the 2016-17 roster is rounding into form and will be well balanced, despite the onslaught of guards and wings who have transferred away. Now that the core of Nick Emery, Eric Mika, Elijah Bryant, TJ Haws, Payton Dastrup and Yoeli Childs have all been gathered on campus, this off-season marks a rare...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 17, 2016

BYU football recruiting: Cougars get a pair of commitments from 2018 twins, Nate and Cameron Latu

Twin brothers Nate and Cameron Latu out of Olympus High School in Salt Lake City, UT have committed to play for BYU. The Latu brothers are the Cougars’ 8th and 9th commitment in the last three days. Both brothers are being recruited for the 2018 class. Nate is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end/defensive end prospect. He has not been rated by the recruiting sites yet. BYU is Nate’s first offer, but he has also had interest from Utah State. Nate is a powerful pass rusher and also causes a lot Here is a collection of Nate Latu’s highlights: Cameron is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 16, 2016

BYU football recruting: Cougars add another 2018 commitment, LB Brandon Kaho

The recruitment train just keeps on rolling, as the Cougars grab another future defensive player If you blink for just a moment, you're likely to miss a slew of Cougar commitments lately. The train continues to roll on, as BYU accepted yet another 2018 commitment in Ale Kaho. Based on his HUDL page and other social media accounts, Ale appears to go by Brandon. This commitment was first broken by Total Blue Sports. Congrats Ale @Brandonkah0 and Apu @Jackfish801 on the Offer/Commit to #BYU #GoCougs #CougarNation #BYUfootball pic.twitter.com/R1K8ZUjeuG — 02koloFAMBAM (@02kolo) June 16,...

BYU football adds commitments in the 2018, 2019 classes

Don't look now, but the Cougars are really stocking themselves up for the future After a relatively quiet start to the recruiting cycle, BYU football has been adding new faces left and right. The rush of commitments continued late last night, as BYU football added two more players for future classes. Class of 2018's Tyler Manoa announced his commitment on Twitter last night, and 2019's Apu Ika also committed, per Total Blue Sports. If you're looking for fully detailed, fleshed out recruiting pages for both prospects, you'll be found wanting, given how early this is in the recruiting...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 15, 2016

BYU Basketball adds guard depth with LJ Rose

The Houston graduate transfer committed to BYU today and will be able to provide some much needed guard depth BYU basketball got some huge news today with the announcement that LJ Rose will play his last year of eligibility with the Cougars. Rose is eligible to play right away since he has already graduated. Rose is listed as a 6-3 guard who was used primarily as a point guard at Houston.  This is welcome news after the announcement that Jordan Chatman is going to attend law school and will no longer play basketball at BYU. Rose was a cog in the Houston lineup for his sophomore and junior...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 15, 2016

BYU football recruiting: Cougars add 2017 S Ammon Hanneman, 2018 OT Campbell Barrington to recent commits

2017 S Ammon Hannemann and 2018 OT Campbell Barrington joined the growing list of recent commits to the BYU football program. BYU added to its growing list of recent commitments late Tuesday with Ammon Hannemann and Campbell Barrington committing to the program. Hannemann and Barrington join Donovan Hanna and Connor Pay (who committed earlier yesterday) as the most recent additions to BYU’s current commit list. Hannemann is a 6-foot-1, 182-pound safety out of Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. Hannemann will become the third member of his family to play for the Cougars. His brother,...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 15, 2016

BYU Hoops Mailbag: How would BYU basketball fare in an expanded Big 12?

VTF’s resident basketball guru answers your questions about Big 12 expansion and the most hotly anticipated season in BYU history. It’s the middle of the summer and there’s virtually nothing going on in the BYU sports world (unless you're really invested in track and field, that is.) So this seemed like as good a time as any to take a minute and look forward to next basketball season — perhaps the most hotly anticipated in school history, now less than five months away after literally years of waiting — by answering some questions from the Vanquish The Foe community. These are...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 14, 2016

BYU football recruiting: Cougars get commitment from 2017 TE/DE Donovan Hanna

Donovan Hanna, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end and defensive tackle out of American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, AZ has committed to play for Kalani Sitake at BYU. Hanna will be the first athlete out of American Leadership Academy to play D-1 football. #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/NTt6LWjIHf— Donovan Hanna (@donnyd119) June 14, 2016 It’s likely the Cougars are recruiting Hanna as a tight end, given that offensive coordinator Ty Detmer is making a big push to rebuild the tight end position at the Y. Hanna joins Isaac Rex and Tanner Baker as the third tight end prospect to commit...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 14, 2016

BYU football recruiting: Cougars get commitment from 2018 OT Connor Pay

Connor Pay out of Alpine, Utah is a big commit for BYU and brings the 2018 class total to two. Connor Pay a 6'5, 280-pound Offensive Lineman from Lone Peak has committed to BYU as part of the 2018 class. Connor is an upcoming high school junior and has already received offers from Utah and Utah State as well as strong interest from powerhouse schools like Stanford and Oregon. So excited to have committed to BYU today!!!! #thisisY pic.twitter.com/nRLrinbzYx — Connor Pay (@cpay73) June 14, 2016 It's rare for an athlete to commit this early in the process and he is not yet rated on...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 14, 2016

Utah coaches earn first victory over new BYU Football coaching staff... on the greens

The Utah football coaches took down BYU on Monday in the Rivalry for Charity golf event at the Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy, Utah. The Ute team consisted of head coach, Kyle Whittingham and current assistants Fred Whittingham, Morgan Scalley, and Aaron Roderick. BYU trotted out head coach Kalani Sitake, current assistants Ty Detmer and Ilaisa Tuiaki, and graduate assistant JD Falslev. Salt Lake Tribune’s Jay Drew reported that Utah won the event by five strokes: Utah FB coaching staff shoots a 12-under 60 to beat BYU staff's 65 at rivalry for charity golf event.— Jay Drew...

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