Men's Football Blog

Media Day 2011: Bryan Kehl

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:46 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar and current NFL linebacker Bryan Kehl at BYU Football Media Day.

Media Day 2011: Jeff Call

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:36 pm | Permalink

Jeff Call of the Deseret News discusses BYU Football Media Day.

Media Day 2011: Greg Wrubell Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:19 pm | Permalink

KSL's Greg Wrubell discusses media day, BYU's independence and BYU basketball.

Media Day 2011: Jamie Zaninovich Video

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:49 pm | Permalink

West Coast Conference commissioner talks about his reaction to Media Day and the addition of BYU to the WCC.

Media Day 2011: Behind the Scenes with BYU Athletic Communications

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Ashlyn Hewlett at 5:48 pm | Updated: August 2, 2011 11:32 am | Permalink

With the completion of 2011 BYU Football Media Day, we went behind the scenes with members of the Athletic Communications staff to talk about Media Day and the preparation that went into making this day a success.

Duff Tittle, associate athletic director for communications, talks about how the idea of Media Day came about.

“When we decided to go independent, that meant that we wouldn't have the opportunity to have a conference media day, so we decided to dream of what a media day would be if we had our own and that led to us coming to BYUtv.  We had lots and lots of meetings and we spent hundreds of hours between our staff and the staff at BYUtv.”

Brett Pyne, the director of media relations for BYU football, commented on the preparation that has gone into planning Media Day.

“There has been a lot of work that has gone into producing this media day. This has been something that we have been planning for months and it’s not something that just came together recently because we just wanted to announce something. It’s basically a day where we provide media members an opportunity to have access to our program and to get content they can use.”

Media Day was also a debut of the collaboration between Athletic Communications and BYU Broadcasting, a duo that will be working together often with the announcement of independence.

“It takes a huge team effort to pull off an event like this and I thought the folks at BYU broadcasting and BYUtv were just unbelievable,” Tittle said. “We did things today that were pretty groundbreaking and things that people typically don’t do on media days and to also have ESPN as our national broadcasting partner and to have them here in full force was amazing. “

Media Day 2011: Nick Howell Video

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:44 pm | Permalink

Assistant football coach Nick Howell discussed Media Day and the upcoming football season.

Media Day 2011: Scott Leykam Video

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:42 pm | Permalink

West Coast Conference associate commissioner Scott Leykam discussed the addition of BYU to the West Coast Conference.

Media Day 2011: Vance Law Video

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:40 pm | Permalink

Vance Law discussed BYU's move to the West Coast Conference at BYU Football Media Day on Tuesday.

Media Day 2011: Heaps on ESPNU College Football Podcast

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 5:26 pm | Permalink

Jake Heaps had a busy day at BYU Football Media Day. He conducted interviews with the local media, appeared on KSL Newsradio and several other stations and was a guest on the live BYUtv show Legend's Roundtable. He also found time to make an appearance on ESPNU's College Football Podcast. Take a few minutes to listen.

Media Day 2011: Vance Law

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:52 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 5:20 pm | Permalink

During the Football Media Day afternoon breakout session, BYU baseball coach Vance Law shared his excitement as a BYU football fan with Athletic Communications.

“As a BYU football fan, I’m excited because I have a chance to watch them every week on Saturdays, just like our fan base around the country,” Law said. “It will be a great thing to be able to watch that and I wish them the best of luck.”

Just as many others, Law was in awe with the new broadcast building.

“I’ve never been in this building before and it’s pretty impressive,” Law said. “I’m sure it’s one of the driving forces behind all the moves in the athletic department to get more exposure for BYU.”

With the football team’s move to independence, the baseball team will join the West Coast Conference. Law said the new conference provides an opportunity for the team to face tough competition.

“It’s a very strong conference baseball wise top to bottom,” Law said. “There is not a weak team in the conference so it’s going to prove to be a big challenge for us to be able to go in there and win the conference championship, which is our goal.”

The new conference also means new travel plans, allowing many players the chance to make hometown visits.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for many of our California guys on the team to be able to go home and play for family and friends,” Law said. “I think that’s a big deal for them and also the fact that we’re able to have more games televised here in Provo too.”