The 2010 Mountain West Conference Football Media Days began Monday, July 26, with a series of meetings for the conference media relations directors and later the nine head football coaches.
Held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, the day concluded with the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Student-Athlete Bowling Challenge. BYU’s All-American candidate Matt Reynolds bowled a 159 to lead his team to a victory with fellow Cougar Andrew Rich adding a 137 to the team's winning effort. When asked about his winning strategy by a reporter from The MTN, Reynolds said, “bowl, just bowl, bowl, bowl.” He then added it might have something to do with the Cougar blue bowling ball he used.
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Day two of the 2010 MWC Football Media Days is in the books. To say the day was a marathon would be an understatement. Tuesday began for Andrew Rich and Reynolds at 9 a.m., with television interviews on VERSUS and concluded at 5:15 p.m., with The MTN.
In between were countless print and television interviews, mixed in with several live radio shows. Add in a lunch break around 11:30 a.m., and it was a very long day. Both BYU student-athletes got word early Tuesday morning they had been selected to the 2010 Preseason All-MWC Team, as chosen by conference media members. Both were humbled when asked about being selected.
“It’s an honor to be named to the Preseason All-MWC Team. At the same time it is preseason,” said Rich from the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. “The award is not about the individual, but the team. It’s my teammates and the coaches that really deserve the recognition.”
“It’s always an honor to be recognized for your efforts on the field,” said Reynolds. “My focus is to perform well and help our team be successful.”
Coach Bronco Mendenhall was also busy throughout the day. Beginning with a CBS College Sports interviews at 11:30 a.m. and concluding with an interview with James Bates of The MTN about 6 p.m. Along the way Mendenhall answered questions about the upcoming season, personnel issues, recruiting, conference expansion, the BCS, scheduling, and a myriad of other topics.
“I’m a big believer in the collective. While it’s a much more compelling story to talk about the individual, that’s really not the way I operate,” said Mendenhall during a print media session. “I’m completely confident the pieces will fall into place when they are supposed to ... we have good players and we have good people, we just try to find out who (will play which roles) as quickly as we can.”
Wednesday’s activities began at 8 a.m., for Coach Mendenhall with some promos for The MTN. MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson addressed the media at 8:30 a.m., with his annual “state of the conference” address.
The rest of the morning Coach Mendenhall and the BYU student-athletes did one-on-one interviews with The MTN, CBS College Sports and TheMWC.com. A one-hour, one-on-one interview session with the print media concluded the week’s activities for Reynolds and Rich at 11:30 a.m.
Time to head back to Provo. Fall camp opens on Saturday, Aug. 7 — just 10 more days Cougar Nation. What happened to the summer?
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