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Big 12 reportedly wants to decide on expansion candidates before 2016 football season

Things could start moving very quickly After months, if not years, of Big 12 expansion news floating in a holding pattern, hard and fast might be coming awfully quickly, especially if conference administrators have their way. The Big 12 didn’t announce a specific timeline for their expansion decisions during their conference call after Big 12 Media Days on July 19, but according to Dennis Dodd of CBS, multiple sources indicated that the conference would like to make a decision before the start of the football season. In case you were wondering, the first game involving a Big 12 team is...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 28, 2016

This BYU football legacy video is the best thing to get you through a Thursday

BYU. Football. Highlights. Now. In the midst of all the Big 12 rumors, the BYU Cougars’ YouTube page released a football legacy video. If you’ve ever wanted all of BYU football’s moments and awards in just 3 minutes and 30 seconds, this is for you. This is a perfect way to get you through Thursday while pretending to be busy at work. National Fox Sports’ radio host Colin Cowherd released his tiers of College Football teams’ tradition last week and BYU came in at 17. Although Cowherd is considered to be one of the best in the business, that ranking may be a little high. Regardless,...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 26, 2016

Coach Rose officially announces addition of L.J. Rose to BYU Basketball

L.J. Rose is leaving the red Cougars for the blue ones. A month and change later, BYU’s made it official: L.J. Rose will transfer from Houston to BYU for his final season. Vanquish the Foe reported Jun. 15 that Rose would be making the switch from red Cougar to blue — that’s the same day L.J. tweeted an edit of himself in a BYU jersey from his Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/e66is0z4WW— Lj Rose (@5boogie) June 16, 2016 Coach Dave Rose made the official announcement Tuesday. According to a press release from byucougars.com, Rose graduated from Houston in spring and will...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 26, 2016

Cougs on Cougs: How should the Big 12 invite BYU to join its conference?

Welcome to week 28 of Cougs on Cougs! It’s been one week since the Big 12 directed Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to “actively evaluate” schools to add to its conference. Since then, it’s been non-stop speculation about which teams will be asked to join and when it will happen. BYU does appear to meet all the criteria the Big 12 is looking for, and has been tapped as the front-runner of expansion candidates. In our completely impartial, non-biased opinion (*wink, wink*), BYU is the best candidate by far and will indeed be added to the Big 12. We decided to have a little fun with how the...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 24, 2016

BYU basketball: Chase Fischer signs one-year deal in Italy

Chase Fischer will be playing basketball in Italy, but probably not eating that much gelato. It ain’t clean, ya know? Former BYU guard Chase Fischer is taking his talents overseas. We learned this week that Fischer has signed a one-year deal with the Italian team Givova Scafati. For European basketball aficionados: Givova Scafati plays in the second-divison Serie A2. For everyone else: The team is based in Scafati, Campania. Their team colors are yellow and blue (not unlike the Mountaineers of Chase’s home state West Virginia), and their mascot appears to be some sort of Tasmanian-devil...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 23, 2016

Twitter is providing BYU and other fans a new way to consume college sports

Some people enjoy following games on Twitter but now you will be able to watch while you tweet. On Friday, Twitter announced that they have partnered with Campus Insiders to stream hundreds of sporting events starting this fall. This is good news for BYU fans as the West Coast Conference is one of the conferences that will be featured. It is unclear logistically how this will work out. Perhaps there will be an update with a section added for live TV or maybe they will just have it in the normal timeline. What we do know is that Twitter is planning on streaming over 300 events for football,...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 22, 2016

BYU notifies Big 12 of expansion interest and is open to football-only invite, ESPN reports

BYU officially asks the Big 12 to prom. BYU is officially in the Big 12 expansion game. Given BYU’s previous statement about the Big 12’s decision to take applications for membership — “We are obviously excited” — it’s not a surprise, but athletic director Tom Holmoe told ESPN the school has officially notified the Big 12 it wants in, according to a new report from the network’s Jake Trotter. The key takeaway is Holmoe’s admission that BYU would discuss a football-only invitation with the conference though full membership is BYU’s ultimate goal. "We're obviously open to...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 22, 2016

Why BYU Basketball's next three seasons could be similar to Oklahoma's last three

It's no secret that BYU has a young but talented roster this season. From true freshman, to transfers who sat out last season, and return missionaries, their rotation will feature a lot of players who did not play college basketball last year. While there will be some growing pains at first, they have the potential to produce some fantastic results if the core group of freshmen and sophomores can stick together. Many years have passed since BYU Basketball fans began their anticipation for the Fall of 2016, when the group of talented high school teammates dubbed "The Lone Peak Three"...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 21, 2016

BYU basketball PG Kyle Collinsworth signs partially guaranteed contract with Dallas Mavericks

BYU basketball’s triple-double king has inked an NBA deal — but he hasn’t made it yet. BYU basketball triple-double king Kyle Collinsworth signed a two-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on his first NBA deal. The Salt Lake Tribune was first to report the news. While this is certainly a positive development for Collinsworth, who went undrafted after a record-breaking career with the Cougars, the nature of his contract means that there’s still much more work to do for him to cement a spot in the world’s top league. To...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 21, 2016

BYU basketball to play in annual Beehive Classic with Utah, Weber State and Utah State

A long-desired Utah college hoops showcase is on its way. BYU basketball, along with the Utah Jazz and participating schools, announced it will participate in the Beehive Classic each December at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Starting in 2017, BYU joins Utah, Weber State and Utah State for a one-day doubleheader at the home of the Jazz. The schedule rotates so over the course of three years, each team plays each other once. 12/9/2017: BYU vs. Weber State, Utah State vs. Utah12/8/2018: BYU vs. Utah, Utah State vs. Weber State12/14/2019: BYU vs. Utah State, Weber State vs....
Vanquish The Foe Jul 20, 2016

Big 12 football coaches select BYU and Houston as top expansion candidates in ESPN poll

In the wake of the news from the Big 12 board yesterday, ESPN conducted a poll among all 10 Big 12 football coaches to see who they would like to see added to the league. Each coach gave their top two choices, Houston and BYU tied with five to win. Given that BYU and Houston are easily the two best football programs within the available choices, this might come as no surprise. Coaches know that by playing high caliber teams, their exposure goes up and ultimately recruiting improves. Cincinnati and Memphis received four votes a piece while Central Florida and Colorado State each got one. It...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 20, 2016

BYU baseball recruiting: Oklahoma LHP Kenny Saenz to transfer to the Cougars

BYU baseball announced the addition of Oklahoma transfer Kenny Saenz to the Cougars pitching staff today. Saenz is a 5-foot-8, 165-pound left-handed pitcher out of Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. Pitcher Kenny Saenz transfers to BYU from Oklahoma #GoCougs #BYUBaseballhttps://t.co/u1cFFeaBn7 pic.twitter.com/X3x4yD9euk— BYU Baseball (@BYUBaseball) July 20, 2016 Saenz comes to BYU via the University of Oklahoma where he spent two seasons working out of the bullpen for the Sooners. Over those two seasons, Saenz accumulated a 3.46 ERA, striking out 10 batters, walking seven,...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 20, 2016

Cougs on Cougs: Is there a place for Jimmer Fredette in the NBA?

It’s week 27 of Cougs on Cougs, and Big 12 expansion speculation is dominating the BYU fandom. If you haven’t already read every article, scanned every tweet, and listened to every radio show about it, and want a rundown of what has been happening, Vanquish the Foe has you covered here, here and here. But if you’re burned out on Big 12 talk, let us simultaneously entertain and distract you with this week’s episode. Continuing our Cougs and Coaches series, we spotlight our new Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Ilaisa Tuiaki. We tracked down video of his MMA days for your...

The Big 12's expansion timing might be perfect for BYU

The chatter leading up to the Big 12’s conference call update among national scribes was that the Big 12 wasn’t likely to pursue expansion. I was expecting a relatively uneventful phone call as well. Heck, that was the thought even immediately after the meeting concluded. Instead, conference officials threw open the doors to speculation, as they announced that instead, they’d start formally evaluating bids to join the conference. Rather than hanging on every word and rumor to try and decipher if the conference would expand or not, the big question now appears to be not if the Big 12...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 19, 2016

BYU AD Tom Holmoe releases statement about Big 12 expansion news

BYU made public comment on the news out of the Big 12 board of directors meeting. The athletic department at BYU is not wasting any time expressing its interest in the Big 12. Tom Holmoe released a statement within hours of the Big 12 board meeting Tuesday. As you probably already know, the Big 12 board has unanimously decided to pursue the interests of potential candidates in regards to expansion. Well, through Twitter, BYU made it official they want in: “We are obviously excited the leadership of the Big 12 has advised commissioner Bob Bowlsby to review potential expansion candidates....
Vanquish The Foe Jul 19, 2016

Big 12 expansion: Bob Bowlsby asked to evaluate candidates' interest; BYU and others remain on hold

Well what did you expect from the Big 12? With all kinds of build-up, reports, speculation -- and a long wait on hold -- we still know little about the Big 12 Conference and its plans for expansion except that it wants more information and expansion seems to be more alive than dead. After a lengthy meeting held up a planned media conference call Tuesday, the Big 12 did not announce a decision about their direction for expansion (or non-expansion). Rather, the league's board of directors have given commissioner Bob Bowlsby the green light to "actively evaluate" the interest of those who...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 18, 2016

Bob Bowlsby reportedly will advise the Big 12 board to expand on Tuesday’s meetings

Just when you thought you would not see another article on potential expansion until Tuesday’s meeting, the Big 12 commissioner comes out today as officially in favor of expansion. Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN is reporting that Bowlsby will advise the board to expand and have two divisions. We never thought Bob Bowlsby would be an impediment and he has certainly alluded to favoring expansion in the past but this news is certainly good for BYU and other potential additions to the conference. 1st day back is Big 12 Media Days. Bob Bowlsby told me he'll advise the board to expand & is in favor...

Everybody’s talking about Big 12 expansion again. Here are a few final thoughts

I had planned on leaving the office a little bit early today, since I promised my family I’d take them camping, and this time of year is especially slow on college football news. But here we are, late on Friday, and much of BYU Twitter is talking about Big 12 expansion again. Maybe that’s because a few Twitter accounts that have historically been prominent in realignment discussions are pushing the narrative. Maybe it’s because a few people are citing “sources”. Maybe it’s something else. We’re getting close to when we actually get some dang hard and fast answers, though. So...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 14, 2016

BYU football: Tanner Mangum, Taysom Hill give the Cougars vastly different QB looks

Tanner and Taysom are skilled BYU quarterbacks from Idaho. That's where the similarities end. On BYU football media day, Taysom Hill and Tanner Mangum went to every media source and blamed the media for pitting them against each other and downplaying the natural rivalry. Immediately afterward, both star quarterbacks would speak about how much they enjoy the competition their counterpart provides. So, at the risk of being another person stirring the pot, I’ll state the basics. Taysom Hill and Tanner Mangum are competing against one another for the starting quarterback spot. Each player...
Vanquish The Foe Jul 14, 2016

Countdown to BYU Football with the return of BYU50

Rep the Y in your state and you could win a BYU50 box. The countdown is on! Fifty days until BYU Football kicks off against Arizona means the return of BYU50. Beginning today, big, blue boxes with the stretch Y logo will be hidden throughout all 50 states for fans to find and claim as their own. Here’s what you need to know to win: The Prize This year’s prize is an authentic, matte black game helmet. These helmets will not be for sale anywhere—the only way to own one is to win it. Runners up will receive a game day “Reppin the Y” t-shirt. This year's #BYU50 prize is ... an...