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Matt Brown / Vanquish The Foe 10 hours ago

UNLV road trip could complicate 2017 BYU football schedule

On paper, it looks like the 2017 BYU schedule is close to being finished, but I wouldn't be so sure Back at BYU Media Day, the 2016 BYU football schedule was basically set. A home and home with Toledo and the finalized date for UMass essentially locked the entire slate into place. All BYU fans are waiting on now is which FCS team the Cougars will host late in the season, and the exact date. Not exactly earth-shattering news, but with the rest of the 2016 slate, a schedule that features six power five opponents, Boise State and Cincinnati, with UCLA and Mississippi State coming to Provo,...
Vanquish The Foe 14 hours ago

BYU Football to play UNLV in Vegas

With another game scheduled for 2017 the Cougars are close to solidifying their schedule. Last year the BYU Cougars and UNLV Rebels agreed to move their game in Las Vegas to a "later" date. Well, that later date has been set and the Cougars know that instead of playing in Vegas on November 15th, 2015 they will be making the trip on November 11th, 2017. The game was originally moved so that BYU could finalize a visit to Arrowhead Stadium in a neutral site game against the Missouri Tigers. With the date set for 2017 the Cougars have now finalized 11 of the games on their schedule. This could...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 29, 2015

BYU Cougars great John Beck talks football with Ben Criddle

Former BYU Cougar, and current BC Lions, quarterback John Beck joined Ben Criddle on the radio yesterday. In the 30 minute interview the former BYU great opens up about injuries, Taysom Hill, coaching ambitions, and how to succeed as a quarterback. Beck left BYU as the second all-time leading passer after racking up 11,021 passing yards. He also was second to Ty Detmer in total offense after racking up 11,059 yards. Before signing with the Lions in February of 2014, Beck played in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, and Houston Texans.
Vanquish The Foe Jul 28, 2015

BYU basketball recruiting: Elon transfer Elijah Bryant chooses BYU as destination

A talented guard is coming BYU's way for the 2016-17 season. Elijah Bryant, a freshman transferring from Elon University and looking for a new home, announced his decision to transfer to BYU Tuesday night with a full-fledged "edit" on Instagram. I want to thank the one person who made this possible, my lord and savior Jesus Christ:pray: A photo posted by Eli (@mcballin3) on Jul 28, 2015 at 6:25pm PDT Bryant was last season's freshman of the year in the Colonial Athletic, averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game from the guard spot to lead Elon in scoring. The 6-foot-4 guard...

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Come join the best BYU blog on the internet to help us cover one of the most important BYU seasons ever Are you the plugged-in BYU fan all your buddies come to for information? Are you a college student who is looking for additional writing experience and mentorship to lay the foundation for a career in sports journalism? Do you want to help join what we believe should be the premier website for BYU sports, news, and commentary on the Internet? If any of the above ring true, awesome. We'd love to have you at Vanquish the Foe. VTF is looking to add several new writers to our team, to make...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 28, 2015

BYU Football: Five Cougars land on POY watch list

Today the 2015 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Watch List was revealed and the BYU Cougars landed five players on the list, the most of any team. The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year is presented each year to the most outstanding Polynesian player based on ability and integrity. Last year, the inaugural year, the winner was former University of Oregon Quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The Cougars that made their debut on the list are Tuni Kanuch, Bronson Kaufusi, Ului Lapuaho, Manoa Pikula, and Travis Tuiloma. The award will be given out on December 8th, 2015. For...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 28, 2015

Poll: Help pick BYU Hockey's new goalie pad design!

BYU Hockey goalie Jared Bussell is seeking your help Cougar Nation! Hockey season is coming fast! BYU Hockey goalie Jared Bussell is looking for your opinions on the design for his gear. He has selected a set of gear from Brian's, but he has a few design options for the gear. All, of course, have a matching blue and white trim to look great with the slick, new BYU Hockey jersey. This decision is critical. The strong mental strength and confidence of a goalie is critical to making the snap glove save. What better way to help build up that confidence higher by knowing that you look good...

Taysom Hill isn't going to win the Heisman. He probably isn't even going to come close, but that's okay

BYU has an outstanding quarterback this season, but don't waste your breath blowing up a Heisman hype balloon. He won't get it, but that's okay. Taysom Hill is a really great college quarterback. He's unquestionably one of the most athletic players in the country at his position, and he's the most physically gifted BYU QB since at least Steve Young, if not ever. He would probably start at all but maybe 15 or so other programs this season, and his presence alone gives BYU a puncher's chance against several teams this season that are more talented than they are. No matter what happens this...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 23, 2015

Can Jimmer Fredette finally succeed in San Antonio?

The Spurs may be the BYU legend's last best chance to prove he belongs in the NBA. Jimmer Fredette has prolonged his NBA dream for another season — or at least until October. The BYU legend signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, which will make him a part of the team's training camp roster. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Fredette's contract includes only "a modest financial guarantee" — meaning the Spurs could conceivably cut him at any time without suffering considerable financial blowback. So it's not necessarily the world's greatest contract —...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 22, 2015

Jimmer Fredette signs with the San Antonio Spurs

In a surprise move the Spurs sign Jimmer to a deal. Jimmer Fredette has just landed himself another chance to prove himself in the NBA. Today he signed a training camp deal with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. NBA Guru Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted: Free agent guard Jimmer Fredette is finalizing a training camp deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 22, 2015 Fredette has spent his last few years buried on the bench with the Sacramento Kings, the Chicago Bulls, and the New Orleans Pelicans but is looking to earn...

ESPN Poll: Big 12 football players favor Big 12 expansion, like BYU as an option

Maybe the players in the Big 12 know something that the conference presidents don't? Big 12 media days just wrapped up in Dallas, and ESPN was there not just to talk to coaches and league administrators, but to ask the players the proverbial tough questions. To ensure honestly, they commissioned a poll of more than 20 Big 12 players (the ones who attended Media Days, if you are desperate to try and piece together who said what) about a variety of league questions. And when it comes to expansion, the league's best players were emphatic. They want the league to expand. Specifically, 88% of...

Should fans be worried about BYU football recruiting?

There are some good players in this class, and more are likely to join, but are there some worrying trends with BYU recruiting? Let's look at the data. BYU got some bad recruiting news last night, as the best player in Utah, consensus four-star wideout Simi Fehoko decided to commit to Stanford over BYU. While losing out on a very good player hurts, in a vacuum, it's hard to get too broken up over losing Fehoko to the Cardinal. The Cougars have already signed one well regarded WR in this class, in high three-star JUCO Jonah Trinnaman, who may be able to contribute right away. Plus,...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 17, 2015

BYU Men's Soccer will learn from '15 and look forward to '16

A tough year on the books doesn't mean it wasn't worth the pain in the end. As the final chapter of another season has been written at South Field, the BYU Cougars coaches and players will follow the pattern they have used all year and focus on the positives as they build for the future. Even though the league record of 1-8-5 was not what the team envisioned before the season started, it also didn't reflect the incredible progress that was made throughout the year. Coming off an appearance in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, the season started with the coaches being...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 15, 2015

BYU vs Real Monarchs Recap: Cougars drop friendly 3-2

On senior night the Cougars once again battled for 45 minutes but couldn't hold onto the lead. On a beautiful soccer night, and in front of more than a thousand fans, the BYU soccer team finished their season with a 3-2 loss in a friendly with the Real Monarchs of the United Soccer League. The Game was a hard fought battle throughout and both teams entertained the crowd. Real Monarchs started off strong and threatened in the fourth minute but a nice stop by Cougars goalkeeper Jake Peterson kept the ball out of the net. BYU would come right back at the Monarchs and in the sixth minute as...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 15, 2015

Watch BYU Men's Soccer vs Real Monarchs with VTF

The BYU Cougars were scheduled to play a make-up game at South Field today against the Real Colorado Foxes at 7:30. Due to a scheduling conflict on the Foxes side, the game had to be cancelled. BYU and coach Chris Watkins were not about to let Senior Night end in a bust, and so they scheduled up. Now instead of fans coming to watch Real Colorado, Cougar fans are in for a treat as Real Monarchs SLC has agreed to play in Provo. The Real Monarchs play in the United Soccer League and are in their first year of existence. Currently they are in the Western Conference and sit with a 2-9-6 record....
Vanquish The Foe Jul 15, 2015

Four seniors to play their last game for BYU Men's Soccer

Tonight four seniors on the BYU roster will play for the last time at South Field, leaving their mark at BYU. Tonight the BYU Cougars men's soccer team will face off against Real Monarchs SLC in the final game of the season. Not only will the Cougars be seeing their fans for the last time in 2015, but they will be saying goodbye to some key players as they suit up for their final game in a Cougar uniform. Approximately 20 minutes before game-time the Cougars will celebrate the time that these players spent with the team. Although they all many not be names familiar to the Cougar faithful,...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 14, 2015

BYU football schedules: Revisiting the obsession with November

Are BYU football's November schedules as terrible as #NARRATIVE leads you to believe? Over the weekend, I once again saw a discussion about BYU's football schedules in the month of November on Twitter, including a few who insisted BYU's November schedules were "crappy" or "terrible." I remembered a piece I wrote three years ago examining our collective obsession with how BYU is able to schedule football games in the month of November as an independent. One of my main conclusions from that piece was that fans, by and large, incorrectly remember how "good" November schedules were prior to...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 12, 2015

BYU track's Shaquille Walker wins 800 meter gold at World University Games

Gold medals are always cool. BYU track and field athlete Shaquille Walker has struck gold at the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea. Walker beat the field in the 800 meters to claim his gold medal early Sunday morning, winning with a time of 1:49.05. The win came after Walker sat back behind the lead runners until the final 50 meters, overtaking Abdelati El Guesse of Morocco and Rynardt Van Rensburg of South Africa to win. Here are the final official times for hte 800 meter race: Walker was all smiles receiving his medal: Walker receiving gold on the podium #wugusa...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 6, 2015

BYU basketball ranks ninth nationally as attendance up in 2014-15

BYU basketball as a brand has apparently never been stronger. The NCAA released men's basketball attendance figures for the 2014-15 season, and Cougar faithful had an impact. BYU averaged 16,125 fans per basketball game last season, good for ninth in the country. That's better than power programs like Arizona, Ohio State, and a program with burgeoning interest, Nebraska. That figure for BYU is up even from last season, when 15,875 fans attended each game on average, which was good for 11th nationally. Overall, just more than a quarter-million fans attended games in the Marriott Center in...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 6, 2015

BYU football signee Charles West shot in arm Sunday, released from hospital Monday morning

A strange, nearly tragic turn in Charles West's saga to play in Provo happened Sunday during a basketball game. BYU running back signee Charles West, one of the best talents inked in the 2015 class, may be lucky to be alive after being shot in the arm by an unknown assailant Sunday at Coppell Middle School (Texas) while playing basketball, according to the Dallas Morning News. Sunday night, West tweeted his about his status, and Monday morning he was released from the hospital: For all who is concerned I'm fine. May the lord be with everyone. — charles west〽 (@charles_1_west) July 6,...

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