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Vanquish The Foe May 26, 2015

How BYU Rugby has become BYU athletic's first dynasty

How does BYU Rugby keep finding its way to the mountaintop? Earlier this month, BYU Rugby won its fourth straight Varsity Cup, marking its fifth National Championship overall. The rugby Cougars have taken home the ultimate prize five of the past seven seasons. It is important to realize this remarkable achievement for BYU Rugby marks what could be considered the only dynasty in BYU's athletic history. This new territory for BYU took 140 years to find. So, it is only natural to wonder, how did BYU's rugby team become the marquee program in the sport? How do they keep winning every season?...
Vanquish The Foe May 24, 2015

BYU Men's Soccer: Cougars fight for a 0-0 tie in Tucson

Earning their first point on the year didn't come easy but the Cougars managed to hold on to a scoreless tie against FC Tucson. The BYU Cougars were looking to bounce back after a slow start to the season as they dropped their first two games of the PDL season. The night after a 2-1 loss to Albuquerque the Cougars were set to face off against division leading FC Tucson. Needing a win, but working on tired legs as they played their second game in as many nights, the Cougars fought to earn their first point of the season. The first half found the Cougars playing on their heels early as Tucson...
Vanquish The Foe May 23, 2015

BYU football recruiting mines Pacific, signs OL Manase Tu'ungafasi from New Zealand

The big rugby athlete chose BYU over Utah and Oregon State as BYU continues to expand recruiting in the Pacific. BYU announced a late addition to the 2015 recruiting class Friday night as the Cougars signed Manase Tu'ungafasi of Auckland, New Zealand to play offensive line. Three months after making the signing-day splash inking of Motekiai Langi of Tonga, BYU made public the signing Tu'ungafasi, who was also being recruited by Utah and Oregon State. As we learned on signing day about Langi, BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi went to several pacific isles a couple years ago. Unlike...
Vanquish The Foe May 22, 2015

Vote on BYU football's 2015 game day t-shirt on Instagram

It seems BYU has called upon an alum graphic designer for the 2015 game day shirt, and you can vote for your favorite. Friday, we learned graphic designer David Lesue, who operates the t-shirt design company Stately Type, has been asked by BYU to create the 2015 football game day shirt. Lesue specializes in customizing designs for American cities and states. Some of them feature wordtype treatments that design the name of the state into the shape of the state. Others, like this Utah shirt, focus on a state-specific theme. He released his three designs on his Instagram page, which are...
Vanquish The Foe May 22, 2015

DEAD-SEASON SERIES: 5 Twitter accounts to satisfy your conference expansion rumor appetite

It's that magical time of year between the end of basketball season and the beginning of football season that we here at VTF are affectionately calling the Dead Season. Instead of adding more to the insane amount of words already on the Internet about deflated footballs, we are here to break down the most unimportant topics. Several years ago, when college conference expansion/realignment was in full swing, there grew to be a proliferation of mysterious Twitter accounts which claimed to have knowledge and #sources about impending (dare I say, imminent) changes and contracts to shift the...
Vanquish The Foe May 22, 2015

BYU football recruiting: Cougars land surprise commitment from 2016 DE/LB Freddy Livai

The talented multi-position athlete pledged to BYU. BYU football added a seventh commitment to its 2016 class Thursday when multi-position athlete Freddy Livai of Fontana, Cali. committed to the Cougars. Livai is a 6-foot-2, 250 pound player who played both offense and defense for A.B. Miller High School. While he has played tight end and fullback, much of his attention has been garnered as a defensive end-outside linebacker hybrid. He also held offers to Oregon State, Colorado, and Weber State. Just one week ago, his high school coach Justin Nast told Rivals he didn't expect Livai to...
Vanquish The Foe May 20, 2015

BYU football at 45, tough schedule displayed in 2015 S&P+ projections

Bill Connelly's projection formula places BYU in an *okay* spot. Bill Connelly, of SB Nation and Football Outsiders, has published his initial 2015 football season projections based on his trusty S&P+ formula. BYU appears at no. 45 on the projection, sandwiched between ACC schools North Carolina and Virginia. The formula is based on recent history, returning players, and recent recruiting with the most-recent years weighed most heavily in a way that has been fairly successful in the past. S&P+ places BYU's five-year performance at no. 38. The projection gives us something tangible to...
Vanquish The Foe May 19, 2015

BYU Baseball reaches WCC Tournament for the second time.

For the second time since Mike Littlewood took over the team, the Cougars have reached the WCC post-season tournament. For the second time since moving to the West Coast Conference, the BYU Cougars baseball team will compete in the WCC post season tournament. Two years ago the Cougars made a run at the tournament title with first year Coach Mike Littlewood at the helm. After losing a number of players to the MLB draft the team struggled last year and finished with a losing record and a position outside the post season. In the WCC the top four teams play in the three day tournament. BYU...
Vanquish The Foe May 18, 2015

How Tyler Haws is preparing for his big shot at the NBA

The BYU legend wasn't at the combine, but that doesn't mean he wasn't working to make his NBA dreams come true. As 60 NBA hopefuls descended on Chicago this past week for the league's draft combine, there was one notable name who wasn't among the invitees: BYU's Tyler Haws. While lack of a combine invite doesn't necessarily bode well for Haws' chances at being selected in the upcoming draft in June, that doesn't mean the Cougars' all-time leading scorer is giving up on his NBA dreams. If anything, he's working harder than ever to make them a reality. But hard work in and of itself often...
Vanquish The Foe May 16, 2015

BYU Basketball: On physicality and how to improve the defense

A lot has been made of BYU's lack of defense. Here are some ways for the current crop of players to improve There is a not-so-easy way to theoretically improve a team's defense.  Make your team up of longer, better athletes than your opponents.  There are some teams who do this very well, like Kentucky for instance.  This past season, Kentucky had above average height and length than their opponents, except for one or two guards.  Its front line players averaged 6-9 to 7-0 feet tall.  This caused many problems for UK opponents.  Now, where is BYU to find multiple seven footers that...
Vanquish The Foe May 15, 2015

Impact on BYU? NCAA men's basketball rules committee finalizes proposed changes

Here are the proposed rules changes to men's college basketball to be considered for implementation. The NCAA announced proposed changes Friday to men's basketball rules as given by the sport's rules committee that will impact the way the game looks and the way viewers experience the game. The committee's intent was to focus on improving pace of play, game flow, and to reduce physicality. At first glance, the impact on BYU basketball should be fairly minimal, which I will address. But here are the proposed changes, which will be voted on by the oversight committee on June 8: Larger...
Vanquish The Foe May 15, 2015

DEAD-SEASON SERIES: BYU athletics personalities as Simpsons characters

It's that magical time of year between the end of basketball season and the beginning of football season that we here at VTF are affectionately calling the Dead Season. Instead of writing more #takes on the Mountain West Conference, we are here to break down the most unimportant topics. This week, we learned accomplished voice actor Harry Shearer is planning to leave his post at The Simpsons. Shearer has been on board with The Simpsons since the beginning and takes with him the voices of Simpsons staples Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, and many more. The Simpsons may be continuing its slow...
Vanquish The Foe May 15, 2015

BYU basketball recruiting: Things about to pick up for 2017 shooter Wes Morgan

The young shooter officially becomes a junior soon and expects action from coaches around the country. When June 15 arrives, North Carolina sharpshooter Wes Morgan expects his recruitment to pick up major steam, including from the likes of BYU. On that date, the 6-foot-7 guard from the class of 2017 becomes a junior according to recruiting rules, which means he can begin receiving calls and texts directly from college coaches. Morgan, who is receiving intense interest from a few colleges a little closer to home, also expects to be hearing from the likes of BYU associate head coach Tim...
Vanquish The Foe May 14, 2015

2015 U.S. Open Cup: BYU soccer ousted by Harpo's FC in first-round shootout

After a battle and missed opportunities, BYU lost in a shootout in the nation's oldest soccer tournament. After qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup for the first time in seven years, BYU soccer fell to Harpo's FC in a shootout, 0-0 (4-2), in a first-round match Wednesday at South Field in Provo. The two sides played to a 0-0 draw in regulation and remained that way after 30 minutes of extra time. Each team knocked in its first penalty try, with Harpo's Justin Geibel and BYU's Dallin Cutler knocking the ball into the net. The shootout turned on the second round. After Daniel Schene punched in...
Vanquish The Foe May 14, 2015

Is it Bronco Mendenhall's turn for accountability?

Over the past 5 seasons, many have been held liable for BYU's average play. When does it become Bronco's turn to carry the weight? Bronco Mendenhall, as every BYU fan knows, has generated several buzz words or phrases that get thrown around the program like a frisbee. Today, I'd like to talk about accountability. Accountability is a word that people so relate to Bronco, that there is even a YouTube video titled "Bronco Mendenhall - Accountability." The story of Bronco abruptly learning the meaning of accountability when he was abandoned by his parent for three weeks to pick up horse...
Vanquish The Foe May 10, 2015

Tribute to a BYU Mom on Mother's Day

Without my Mom I wouldn't bleed BYU blue. Today we celebrate the only people in the world that are teachers, nurses, advocates, friends, jailers (at least with kids like me), chauffeurs, care takers, psychologists, and examples. Society has made it easy for us to say all this in one word, Mother. Considering this is a website about BYU sports I will save you all the stories of how my mom bandaged up my cuts and bruises, fixed the clothes that were ripped when I became the Incredible Hulk, and read my mind when I was struggling. I would like to focus instead on how she made me who I am...
Vanquish The Foe May 9, 2015

'Do you have a moment to talk about Jesus Christ?' What athletes *actually* do on LDS missions

Understanding a lot of things about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be an uphill battle. Here's some help to sportswriters seeking to understand missionary service. I know Mormons are a little different. I don't expect every person everywhere to understand a religion and its culture so well to be experts in everything they say or write. However, Mormon athletes in college have been around for a long time, and so has the idea of those athletes serving missions. A recent article from NBC Sports about top basketball prospect (and Mormon) Frank Jackson highlights several...
Vanquish The Foe May 8, 2015

DEAD-SEASON SERIES: How BYU athletes should spend that extra Cost of Attendance money

It's that magical time of year between the end of basketball season and the beginning of football season that we here at VTF are affectionately calling the Dead Season. Instead of writing more think pieces on why BYU should start its own conference, Jake Welch is here to break down the most unimportant topics on what we hope is a continuously unimportant series. Despite the fact that we are in the thick of the Dead Season (and that we started this whole series because the majority of the news that breaks this year is about as significant as Kim Kardashian using words to form sentences),...
Vanquish The Foe May 7, 2015

CougarCast: BYU's NFL Draft problem with Andrew George

Andrew George joins the CougarCast crew to talk about why BYU players aren't getting drafted and what the path of the undrafted free agent is like. Tosh and Keith are joined this week by the last man to ever touch a football in a BYU victory over Utah, Andrew George! In this episode, Andrew discusses why he thinks BYU isn't getting players drafted, if it matters, and what the draft process was like for him. Afterward, Tosh and Keith wonder if the downward trend in the NFL Draft can be reversed with Bronco Mendenhall at the helm. Download this episode (right click and save) About The...
Vanquish The Foe May 7, 2015

Breaking down SB Nation's 2015 BYU football preview

The preview guru Bill Connelly has blessed us once again. Here is one man's commentary on Bill's preview. The smartest, most well-researched college football writer in the country dropped his SB Nation BYU preview piece today. In his preview, Bill Connelly, also of Football Outsiders fame, takes an in-depth look at the Cougars heading into the 2015 season. With an ambitious schedule and a generational talent at quarterback in his senior season, it's always interesting to see exactly how people nationally view the program and its prospects for the upcoming season. Now before I get to...

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