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Arizona AD says BYU is selling more tickets than Arizona for football game played in Arizona

BYU might be turning a neutral field game into some home field advantage. Again. BYU will open this football season against the Arizona Wildcats, but the game won't be in Provo or Tucson. Instead, they'll battle in Glendale, just outside of Phoenix. It's entirely possible that the ticket sale distribution won't be so 'neutral' after all. Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne told 1030 KVOI that BYU has currently sold more tickets for the opening game than Arizona has. You can find the specific segment starting at around the 34:26 mark. Here's the specific quote: "Right now, BYU has sold...
Vanquish The Foe 7 hours ago

What will strength coach Bob Medina's exit mean for BYU basketball?

How will the new Cougars adjust without their strength and conditioning guru? You could be forgiven if you didn't catch that Bob Medina recently left his role as strength and conditioning coach for the BYU basketball team. I know I certainly did. There has been no press release. No official announcement. Medina's bio still appears on BYU's website, just as it has since he joined the program in 2013. The only trace of confirmation regarding Medina's exit that you'll find (besides message board rumors) lies in a single somewhat-cryptic, month-old tweet from Kyle Chilton, the team's sports...
Vanquish The Foe 20 hours ago

Per CBSSports.com, BYU baseball granted Sunday exemption for NCAA Tournament

For the first time in a long time BYU's baseball team is building a strong case for post-season play, which usually means NCAA Tournament games on Sunday. Thanks to some scheduling help this won't keep the Cougars from competing in the NCAA Tournament. According to a report from Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, the NCAA will honor BYU's request to avoid Sunday play during the Division I baseball tournament. Ron Prettyman, managing director of championships and alliances, confirmed the existence of a memo that has gone out to all 295 Division I baseball programs. Any school hosting a regional...
Vanquish The Foe 23 hours ago

Cougars on Cougars: Watch and Learn About BYU Basketball's Payton Dastrup and BYU Football's Reno Mahe

Jess and Mary get to know BYU Basketball's Payton Dastrup ahead of his mission homecoming and spotlight new BYU Football RB coach Reno Mahe. It’s week 19 of Cougars on Cougars, and football and basketball off-seasons are in full swing. But fear not! We are here for your entertainment and enlightenment. In this episode, we introduce a brand new segment, Cougs and Coaches, where we dig deep into the lives of the new BYU football coaches and uncover some hidden gems about their pasts and personalities. First up: Running Back’s coach Reno Mahe. Did you know that he worked at a local...

Billionaire Texas booster reportedly favors Big 12 expansion. Does that matter?

This is going to shock you, but it doesn't look like everybody involved at Texas is on the same page. A few days ago, a report surfaced with a source closely affiliated with Texas claiming that Big 12 expansion wasn't terribly likely, handicapping the event at "15 percent." It would appear that not everybody associated with the Texas athletic department got that memo, and now one loud voice is clamoring for a different approach. Billionaire Texas booster Red McCombs went on ESPN Radio to share his thoughts on Big 12 expansion. Not only does McCombs favor expansion, but he thinks the...
Vanquish The Foe May 23, 2016

Former BYU basketball player Kyle Collinsworth to work out for Minnesota Timberwolves

BYU's triple-double king set to work out with the Timberwolves today. Kyle Collinsworth will look to improve his draft stock today as he is set to participate in a workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to KSTP sports reporter Darren Wolfson, the former BYU guard will workout alongside Fred VanVleet, Michael Carrera and Isaiah Briscoe. Reminder: #Twolves closed workout today = F. VanVleet, Isaiah Briscoe, Kyle Collinsworth, D. Finney-Smith, Majok Deng, + Michael Carrera. — Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) May 23, 2016 In his time at BYU, Collinsworth was the ultimate...
Vanquish The Foe May 23, 2016

2016 WCC Baseball Tournament: BYU baseball to face Gonzaga in important opening showdown

The Brigham Bats won a share of the conference title and that lands them as one of just four teams selected for the conference tournament in California this weekend. This Thursday at 8pm MST, #2 BYU will play #3 Gonzaga in the first round of the double elimination WCC tournament. The other two teams, #1 Saint Mary's and #4 Pepperdine, will go head to head beforehand. These four teams play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to ultimately determine the conference champion. You can catch the action on the radio on ESPN 960 . The games can also be streamed online, for free, via TheW.tv. All 6...

The Big 12 reportedly only has a '15 percent' chance of expanding

Amid all of the rumors, there's always the chance that the Big 12 could decide to do nothing. According to one report, that may be the direction they're leaning. We've hit a few different cycles now in this Big 12 expansion business. Over the last few days, Colorado State's certainly been leading that conversation, especially after their promotional materials became public, thanks to some well-timed records requests. BYU, UConn and others have enjoyed their time as a proverbial "it" candidate. But of course, the Big 12 could still decide not to expand at all. And according to a recent...
Vanquish The Foe May 18, 2016

BYU basketball: Zac Seljaas departs... Time to abandon small ball

Zac Seljaas is leaving to Iowa for two years. How will BYU replace him? Today is a bittersweet for BYU Basketball fans. Zac Seljaas reports to the Missionary Training Center and will spend the next two years in the Iowa Des Moines Mission. Well, see you all in 2! ✌ ️ — Zac Seljaas (@air_lars1) May 18, 2016 Good for Zac putting off basketball, school and everything else to serve for two years. But his departure means BYU loses its top bench scorer and perhaps the only player on BYU's roster that could be considered a ‘stretch 4'. Cautiously, listed at 6'7 and able to knock down...
Vanquish The Foe May 18, 2016

BYU football adds commitments for the 2016 and 2018 classes

In the never ending season of recruiting, BYU was able to get a 2016 and 2018 recruit in the span of two days in May. There is no doubt that Kalani Sitake's staff has taken a more liberal approach in giving out offers compared to their predecessors. On Tuesday and Wednesday, two of those were able to stick. Isaiah Armstrong, a safety out of Riverside City College (JUCO) will join the team this season and punter Sekope Lutu Latu from Hawaii will be a member of the class of 2018. Armstrong, 6' 2" 193lbs. held offers from Army and Navy coming out of high school. It does not look like Sekope,...
Vanquish The Foe May 17, 2016

BYU baseball eyes WCC championship; will face Utah, Santa Clara in final week of season

BYU can win the WCC championship this week if results go their way. The Brigham Bats are in the final stages of the season. It has been a successful campaign, as the Cougars record is 34-14 overall, and 15-9 in WCC play. Last Saturday, the BYU defeated San Francisco, 9-3. The win was significant as it gave not only a series win over the Dons, but secured a Top 4 spot in the WCC standings. Clinching that position promises the Cougars a spot to compete in Stockton, CA over May 26-28 in the WCC Championship. The winner of the tournament is awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Take...
Vanquish The Foe May 17, 2016

Watch Whitney Fredette and others poke fun at Jimmer's boring tweets in the latest Cougars on Cougars

Jess and Mary get to know BYU Basketball's newest guard Steven Beo and have some of Jimmer Fredette's biggest fans read his boring tweets. In this week's episode of Cougars on Cougars, we sit down with former KNDU-TV Washington Sports Anchor and Play-by-Play Broadcaster Greg Talbott (currently of WSAV-TV in Savannah, GA), who covered the high school career of BYU Basketball's newest scholarship recipient, Steven Beo. A native of Richland, Washington, Steven averaged 26.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists as a senior. We ask Greg why BYU fans should be excited about Beo, and why Greg (as...
Vanquish The Foe May 16, 2016

JABARI PARKER JOINS BYU FOOTBALL (for the day)

The NBA star has been seen playing hoops in Provo but today he took his talents to the gridiron. Jabari Parker passed on playing basketball at BYU, but he never said anything about football. According to some footage from @BYUFBVideo, Jabari made his way to the football practice field to get in some work earlier today. @JabariParker with the one handed catch! Next Odell Beckham? #byufootball #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/WC84TV1bg9 — BYU Football Video (@BYUFBvideo) May 16, 2016 Of course, Jabari won't actually be joining the football team (he has other obligations with the Milwaukee...
Vanquish The Foe May 16, 2016

BYU football opens as an underdog against Utah and Boise State

There are several big games on the schedule this year for BYU, but a Vegas sports book has three highlighted. South Point casino in Las Vegas has featured BYU in three contests for their "games of the week." Those games are at Utah, at Boise State and home to Utah State. Sure, it's just mid May, but no way can you convince me that it is too early to speculate about the odds for college football games this year. You can find the full list of odds here. More @SouthPointLV lines: LSU -3 Bama; Utah -7.5 BYU; TCU -6 Ark; UGA Pk UT; Ore -4.5 UW; OhSt -3 Wis; Stan -1 ND; UGA -1 UF; UCLA -3...
Vanquish The Foe May 15, 2016

DEAD-SEASON SERIES: Forget the Big 12, BYU has other options

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 about Tanner Mangum's off-season running regimen, we are here to break down the most unimportant (and generally nonsensical) topics. For the last two weeks, Big 12 expansion has dominated the BYU sports new cycle. With the ever-changing college football landscape and the formation of power conferences, Cougar fans are left to question their fate in the grand scheme of realignment. Is the Big 12 going to...
Vanquish The Foe May 14, 2016

BYU basketball recruiting: Cougars to host Houston graduate transfer L.J. Rose

Could L.J. Rose fill Dave Rose's open roster spot? On Monday, May 16th, BYU basketball will be hosting L.J. Rose, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard from the University of Houston. This comes from a report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Twitter: BYU will host Houston transfer LJ Rose on Monday, source told ESPN. BYU coach Dave Rose played with LJ's dad at Houston in the early 80s. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 14, 2016 L.J. Rose recently graduated from the University of Houston, meaning he would be available to suit up for the BYU Cougars next season. Rose has one season of eligibility...

What Oklahoma president Dave Boren's recent comments may mean for Big 12 expansion and a Big 12 network

The leading hype man for conference expansion may have tempered the process with his most recent comments. Nobody has been more public in their desire for the Big 12 to significantly reform, as well as expand, than Oklahoma president Dave Boren. In fact, Boren helped launch this entire new round of speculation with his proclamation that the conference disadvantaged by not having a conference championship game, 12 members, and a conference network. During an interview on Thursday afternoon, Boren seemed to back down a little bit on those comments. Earlier, West Virginia's AD said that he...
Vanquish The Foe May 13, 2016

Notre Dame TE Tyler Luatua will not transfer to BYU after all

The talented Luatua won't be coming to Provo after all. Back on January 25th, Vanquish The Foe wrote an article about the possibility of four-star Norte Dame tight end Tyler Luatua transferring to BYU. On February 2nd, the news of the transfer of Luatua to Brigham Young University became official. Today, May 13th, Luatua is backing up his transfer truck and is no longer transferring to BYU. Norte Dame sports information director Michael Bertsch tweeted today: Junior TE Tyler Luatua will rejoin @NDFootball. Statements from head coach Brian Kelly and Luatua on the decision......
Vanquish The Foe May 13, 2016

BYU punter Jonny Linehan awarded football scholarship

Jonny Linehan's journey from Rugby to Football comes full circle as he is awarded a scholarship for his Senior year Jonny Linehan, the New Zealander formerly known as "Jonny Rugby" for his legendary BYU Rugby career, recently received exciting news when Kalani Sitake announced that he was going to be placed on scholarship with the football team for his Senior season. Linehan was a walk-on punter for the football team last year while also playing Rugby. Just this February, Linehan made the decision to skip BYU's rugby season and focus his efforts exclusively on football. He explained via...
Vanquish The Foe May 13, 2016

BYU Football's Taysom Hill to don new jersey number for his late brother

Taysom Hill announced via social media Thursday that he will change his jersey from no. 4 to no. 7 It’s out with the old and in with the new for BYU QB Taysom Hill. He’s swapping out his familiar jersey no. 4 in favor of lucky no. 7, in the name of remembering his late brother Dexter. Hill tweeted out a picture from BYU’s FanFest at Xango Park in Lehi around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. To commemorate the life of my brother Dexter, I am officially changing my number to 7 this year!! #BYUFOOTBALL #7 pic.twitter.com/iXrv6VK4ID — Taysom Hill (@T_Hill4) May 13, 2016 "To commemorate the life...

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