BYU Athletics Blog | August 2012

Season Six of True Blue to air Monday, Aug. 6 on BYUtv

Aug 06, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:01 pm | Updated: August 6, 2012 5:15 pm | Permalink

Tonight on the 2012 season premiere of True Blue, football is back in session. As the Cougars prepare for year two of Independence. True Blue reporters Robbie Bullough and Kory Aldous will take you to practice for the latest news and analysis.

Robbie Bosco, quarterback of the 1984 National Championship team, is in-studio to discuss this year’s team and its group of quarterbacks, led by Riley Nelson.

In addition, Blaine Fowler discusses all of the Cougars on pre-season award watch lists, goals for fall camp and a look ahead at the 2013 schedule, including Wisconsin and Notre Dame in November.

Watch True Blue live tonight at a new time of 8:30pm ET/6:30pm MT on BYUtv, or online at www.byutv.org/live. The show will be replayed at 9:30pm MT, then Tuesday at 12:30am and 5:30pm MT. It will also be available on byutvsports.com as Video on Demand on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

Former Cougars help lift US men's volleyball

Aug 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:09 pm | Permalink

In a rematch of the Beijing Olympic final, the US men’s national volleyball team topped top-ranked Brazil 3-1 in London Thursday.

After dropping its first set in three matches, the U.S. rallied back to win the next three for a 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory.

Team USA, ranked fifth in the world and the defending Olympic champion, improves to 3-0 with nine points as the only undefeated team left in Pool B. The Americans continue Pool B on Saturday against Russia at 4:45 p.m. local time (8:45 a.m. PT) before concluding preliminary action on Aug. 6 versus Tunisia at 8 p.m. local time (noon PT). Brazil falls to 2-1 with six points in Pool B.

Team USA, with three Olympic Games titles to its credit, has now won 11 straight matches in Olympic Games competition, including the 2008 Olympic Games gold-medal match against Brazil.

Former Cougars Russell Holmes and Rich Lambourne contributed to the team’s win. Middle blocker Holmes pocketed seven kills on eight swings, one ace and one block for nine points while libero Lambourne handled eight digs.

For a complete match recap, click here

 

Standings
Pool A:

Bulgaria (9 points, 3-0)
Poland (6 points, 2-1)
Argentina (3 points, 1-2)
Italy (3 points 1-1)
Australia (3 points, 1-2)
Great Britain (0 points, 0-2)
Pool B:
USA (9 points, 3-0)
Brazil (6 points, 2-1)
Russia (6 points, 2-1)
Serbia (4 points, 1-2)
Germany (2 points, 1-2)
Tunisia (0 points, 0-3)

Classic LaVell Quotes

Aug 03, 2012 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 11:06 am | Updated: August 6, 2012 1:20 pm | Permalink

In memory of the 40-year anniversary of LaVell Edwards being named head football coach at BYU, we found a list of classic LaVell quotes from his time at BYU.

Edwards was asked if a Playboy magazine article predicting BYU to finish 7-5 in 1978 had any merit. Edwards' response: "Not too many people read Playboy in Provo."

"I'm a firm believer in hard work to reach the desired goals. But I also believe football should be fun; a sport the players, as well as the fans, should enjoy. It doesn't have to be regimentation or drudgery. The outgrowth of football should be good, positive values that will benefit a players for the remainder of his life."

A Sports Illustrated article described Edwards as a "large, lumpy chap, secretly something ofa poet and a romantic." Edwards called a columnist at the Provo Daily Herald to find out what that meant. She told him, "it means you're a fat daydreamer." The columnist was Pat Edwards, LaVell's wife.

Click here for more classic LaVell quotes

Great moments on YouTube

Aug 03, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:34 am | Permalink

BYU athletics video started posting great football moments on the BYU Cougars YouTube channel earlier this week. See below for the videos that have been posted this week and check the YouTube channel every day for more great moments.

New Football Lobby Unveiled

Aug 01, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:18 pm | Updated: August 3, 2012 8:07 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics unveiled the new football lobby in a ceremony honoring donors Wednesday at the Student Athlete Building.

Head coach Bronco Mendenall addressed the donors, expressing appreciation for their contributions and what the new lobby represents.

“I hope you look and see progress here,” Mendenhall said. “What we work hard to do is bring to life what you’re supporting so when others come in they know exactly who we are, what we represent, and why, and then ask how they can become a part of it. It inspires you to be someone who is stronger and a better version of yourself. Because of your support, you’ve made that come to life. This is a tangible way to show the direction we’re going.”

“I was awe-struck and inspired looking at this,” donor Jim Evans said. “You feel the spirit of what this is all about. It portrays the spirit of what coach Mendenhall wants BYU football to be about.”

Along with the 1984 National Championship trophy, the lobby features a Band of Brothers, Tradition, Spirit and Honor section. The walls display quotes from LDS general authorities as well as inspiring figures, past players and LaVell Edwards. Video screens show memorable moments in the history of BYU football. Down the hall from the lobby also features an updated missionary wall, featuring a map of where players have served missions and are currently serving.

A quote from Mendenhall also graces the wall, “The mission of BYU football has been, and always will be, to change lives through football excellence.”

“The lobby represents what the core of BYU football is – Tradition, Spirit, Honor,” athletic director Tom Holmoe said.

Check out some photos of the new lobby and other shots inside the football office.