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Vanquish The Foe 17 hours ago

BYU vs Burlingame recap: Dragons comeback for the 3-2 win.

The Cougars put forth another valiant performance but once again they couldn't hold the lead as they fall to Burlingame at South Field. On an Independence Day nightcap the BYU Cougars faced off against Burlingame Dragons FC at South Field. With the Cougars still trying to notch their first win of the season they were determined but had to do it against a Dragons team that had only lost one game on the year. The Dragons came out strong and had the Cougars on their heels early. In the 3rd minute the Dragons put the ball in the box where it was headed to a sliding Josh Smith for the early...
Vanquish The Foe 18 hours ago

BYU football recruiting: Stat-stuffing 2016 TE/WR Hank Tuipulotu commits to BYU

Tuipulotu keeps his family's BYU legacy going with an Independence Day commitment. BYU received its 10th commitment of the 2016 class on Independence Day, a do-it-all pass-catcher named Hank Tuipulotu of Fort Mill, South Carolina. The commitment was reported by The Herald, and Tuipulotu apparently made his decision Friday night: "I was ready to go anywhere, but then I went to camp and we got to see the campus and meet the coaches and I fell in love with the place immediately," he said. - The Herald The 6-foot-3, 225 pound tight end/wide receiver caught a whopping 105 receptions, 1,322...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 30, 2015

Tyler Haws will begin his quest for pro success at NBA Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers

The BYU legend's long journey to a successful pro career is about to get started in earnest, as a (temporary) member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. BYU all-time scoring leader Tyler Haws didn't hear his name called by an NBA team at last Thursday's draft, but that doesn't mean his quest to claim a spot in the world's top league is over. Like many undrafted rookies, Haws will look to showcase his skills for all 30 front offices by competing in the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas, from July 10-20. The Cougar legend confirmed on Monday that he would be playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers as...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 26, 2015

DEAD-SEASON SERIES: 5 major BYU things Taylor Swift can fix with a blog post

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. Since BYU doesn't have any NBA draft picks, we are here to break down the most unimportant topics. Earlier this week, Taylor Swift changed the direction of one of the world's biggest businesses with one blog post. Apple agreed to pay artists royalties for plays that happen for users within a free trial period of Apple Music after Swift's online appeal. #KONY2012 might still be roaming free, but darn it, internet activism...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 25, 2015

BYU football scheduling and independence

Every story we write about BYU football schedules, announcements, and independence. BYU football will play a home-and-home series with the Cincinnati Bearcats, according to an official release from Cincinnati athletics. The two teams will first play on Oct. 24, 2015 in Provo. Cincinnati is added to a 2015 slate that includes road games at Nebraska, Southern Mississippi, and Hawaii; and home games against Boise State and Utah State. In 2016, BYU travels to Cincinnati to play the Bearcats in a season that has road games slated for Utah and West Virginia (at FedEx Field in Maryland). This game...

What the Big 12 TV deal news means for BYU

The biggest bombshell on BYU Media Day didn't come from Provo, but Oklahoma. Here's what last night's news means for BYU Typically, on BYU Media Day, the biggest news is coming out of the early press conferences in Provo, with updates about depth charts and future schedules. No disrespect to Toledo, but the biggest news regarding BYU had nothing to do with anything coming out of the BYUTV studios yesterday, but in Oklahoma, as the president of Oklahoma talked about everyone's favorite offseason topic, Big 12 expansion, and in the process, blew a hole in one of the biggest talking points. So...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 24, 2015

Notes and Quotes: BYU's 2015 Football State of the Program recap

A rundown of topics discussed during the State of the Program portion of BYU's 2015 football media day. As usual, BYU's 2015 football media day began with the State of the Program broadcast. BYUtv's Dave McCann facilitated the program, which included question-and-answers with athletic director Tom Holmoe, head coach Bronco Mendenhall, offensive coordinator Robert Anae, football performance director Frank Wintrich, and players Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams. Here's a rundown of notes and quotes from the event. Tom Holmoe and Bronco Mendenhall took time to remember Tommy Hudspeth, the...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 24, 2015

BYU football schedules: Cougars add Toledo to 2016 schedule with two-game series

BYU announced an addition to the 2016 football schedule. BYU announced a new series during football media day Wednesday. The Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home series with the Toledo Rockets of the MAC. Toledo visits Provo on Fri. Sept. 30, 2016 and BYU takes a trip to Ohio on Sept. 28, 2019. Toledo is added to a loaded 2016 schedule and is a good balance game to provide a quality-but-beatable group of 5 school. The Rockets have posted five consecutive winning seasons. 2016's schedule now looks like this: Arizona (Glendale)at UtahUCLAWest Virginia (FedEx Field)TOLEDOat Michigan...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 23, 2015

BYU Football Media Day 2015 Bingo

Have a little fun during the BYU football "state of the program" on Wednesday. BYU football media day is Wednesday, and the main event for that day is the State of the Program chat/press conference/broadcast at 9:00 am MT. It usually entails statements from Tom Holmoe and Bronco Mendenhall, a question and answer between those two and Dave McCann, and then a few pre-screened questions from members of the media. Some years, this event comes and goes with no exciting news. Others, we learn of several scheduling agreements at once or of a contract extension for the coach. There's no telling...

Vegas sportsbook sets BYU win total at 8 wins for 2015

BYU opens at (-140u) for 8 wins next season. Is that too low? Today, ESPN collected the win total numbers for every major college football program, including BYU, from CG Technology, the first Nevada sportsbook to release their numbers. If this book is correct, it seems that Vegas has a slightly more pessimistic view of BYU's chances next season than a lot of Cougar fans. BYU's win total opened at 8 (-140u), meaning that one would need to bet $140 to win $100 on BYU winning less than eight games. In other words, Vegas thinks it is more likely BYU wins fewer than 8 games in 2015 than it...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 20, 2015

BYU football recruiting: Class of 2016 prospect big board and interactive map

Click, zoom, and scroll your way through BYU football's 2016 recruiting efforts. Here is your hub for BYU's 2016 football recruiting class. Click and zoom through the map for some interactive fun, consult the recruiting board below of targets and their highlights, and view the running blog of changes/updates to the board. It's important to note that there are many prospects who will be officially rated by scouting services as we progress through summer, where many players will be evaluated at various camps throughout the country, including the two BYU puts on in June. We'll also begin to...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 20, 2015

BYU Men's Soccer Recap: Cougars second half mistakes lead to 2-2 draw.

Once again the Cougars play to a draw at South Field. On a beautiful summer night at South Field the BYU Cougars looked to notch their first win of the season as they hosted FC Tucson in a PDL Divisional game. The Cougars have been unable to put together a full 90 minutes but they came out strong on Friday night. The Cougars defense in the box was spectacular throughout the first half but the time the Cougars spent on their own half of the field was concerning. BYU took the first shot on goal in the 6th minute but Keegan Rogers stayed in front, as the goalkeeper did for a number of...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 19, 2015

Watch BYU Men's Soccer vs FC Tucson on Friday and Saturday

Once again the Cougars stay home for a weekend of matches as they host FC Tucson on Friday and Saturday. Tucson comes into South Field sitting second in the Mountain Division with 11 points and a 3-1-2 record. BYU is in last place with four points and an 0-3-4 record. A couple of wins over the weekend could propel the Cougars past the Las Vegas Mobsters and Real Colorado Foxes in the standings, depending on the outcome of their games. The Cougars are only home for three more games (Friday, Saturday, July 4th) so make sure you get down to South Field or watch the games right here with...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 19, 2015

DEAD-SEASON SERIES: 7 ways BYU can be a 'cultural fit' for the Pac-12

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 #hottakes on that funky rugby horizontal pass play, we are here to break down the most unimportant topics. We're deep into the dog days of the dead season, which means fans and writers are scraping the bottom of the college football barrel so they can bathe in the dregs of meaningless debate. Lately the topic du jour has been conference realignment. Earlier this week, FOX Sports college football guru...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 19, 2015

BYU football schedules: Cougars marked as underdogs in first 4 games of 2015

The Cougars will be looking to play spoiler in the first four games of the season based on betting odds that came out this week. For months, Cougar fans have been touting the BYU Cougars football schedule as a force to be reckoned with, and based on early odds the hype will be justified. This week Sports Insights came out with the lines for the first week, and a number of their "Games of the Year". This list just happened to include the first four games for the Cougars as they face the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Boise State Broncos, the UCLA Bruins, and the Michigan Wolverines. There...

BYU basketball's Nate Austin granted hardship waiver, will return for 2015-16

The Cougars will have Austin back next season, but will he be on scholarship? BYU basketball got more good news today when the team announced Nate Austin has been granted a hardship waiver and will be able to return to BYU for the 2015-2016 season. The redshirt senior big man played in ten games last year before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury. The 6-11 Austin isn't the type of player to fill up a box score, as he only has averaged 3.8 points, 5.4 rebounds a game over his career, but he did play nearly 20 minutes a game last season before he got hurt, and having additional big...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 16, 2015

BYU's history on ABC in the post-WAC era

A look at the minutiae of BYU's games when broadcast on ABC. It has been 12 years since BYU played on a national ABC broadcast. That streak is set to end for the 2015 season opener when the broadcast network will air the Cougars in Nebraska. How has BYU done in ABC games that air in front of a big national audience? None of this can predict what will happen, but it's fun to look back and see how the Cougars fared in ABC appearances in the post-WAC era: 2012 vs. #10 Oregon State Loss 42-24 This game was only regionally on ABC in the West and on ESPN2 everywhere else, and maybe its a good...

Grand Canyon University to the WCC would be terrible for BYU

At least one WCC head coach floated the idea of GCU eventually ending up in the WCC. That's a terrible idea, especially for BYU. It's unusual to write a conference realignment story involving BYU that has nothing to do with the Big 12 or the Pac-12, but we're already in that weird part of the offseason. A few days ago, a reporter for AZ Central asked St Mary's head coach Randy Bennett about a possible addition to the WCC in the near future, the Grand Canyon University Antelopes. Here's what Bennett had to say: "They'd be a good fit for our league and a good media market for our league to...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 12, 2015

DEAD-SEASON SERIES: Reasons why Bryce Harper hates BYU

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 #hottakes on the importance of recruiting rankings, we are here to break down the most unimportant topics. In the event that you have been living under a rock for the past few days (or you limit your traditional and social media intake to outlets who actually provide relevant content), a fairly famous person confessed that they don't like BYU. That fairly famous person is baseball phenom Bryce Harper...
Vanquish The Foe Jun 12, 2015

BYU vs Albuquerque recap: Cougars lose to the Sol, 3-2

BYU Men's Soccer team loses at home for the first time this season to the Albuquerque Sol. SOUTH FIELD -- PROVO, UTAH -- On a pleasant Thursday evening, the BYU Cougars welcomed the Albuquerque Sol to South Field. Entering the night, the Sol stood atop the Western Conference, Mountain division of the PDL with a record of 4-1-1 while the Cougars were at the bottom of the division with a record of 0-2-4. The first half saw the Cougars trying to challenge down the right with pacy winger and new addition Jacob Ence. Ence, who was at Salem Hills High School a couple weeks ago, was able to...

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