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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.”

Media Day 2011: West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Ashlyn Hewlett at 4:52 pm | Updated: August 3, 2011 8:34 am | Permalink

In conjunction with the BYU football team going independent, most Olympic sports will be joining the West Coast Conference.  To answer questions about the conference and how BYU will fit in, Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich was in attendance at Media Day to answer the media's questions during the print breakout session.

The question arose about BYU's facilities being bigger than most of those in the WCC, but Zaninovich noted that the small facility sizes don't diminish the competition brought by the schools in the conference.

“What BYU is going to see on the road in the WCC are some pretty tough home environments that are difficult to play in because of great, excited fan bases and teams that play very well, especially at home.”

Although most are aware of the great competition that will be available to the men's basketball team, Zaninovich wanted to emphasize the other non-basketball olympic sports that are also nationally recognized.  

“We have very strong national programs in a lot of our non-basketball Olympic sports.  We have an incredible women’s soccer tradition and we’re very proud of that.  Baseball is very strong, as is women’s basketball.  I know that when this announcement was made and as we were going through the process, every one of our Olympic sport head coaches said this was an absolute win for the conference, to bring in a school like BYU who is so committed to our sports and aligns so well with the goals of the conference. “ 

Along with BYU's new deal with ESPN, the WCC has also recently signed a new contract with the network that will prove beneficial for men's basketball and the other olympic sports.

“We signed an eight-year agreement with ESPN on June 1 that will bring more sports to that ESPN level. This contract differentiates us from a lot of other conferences because people see us and that’s certainly not a bad thing.”

Media Day 2011: Ty Detmer Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 4:41 pm | Permalink

BYU Cameras caught up with former BYU Quarterback Ty Detmer and talked about BYU Football.

Media Day 2011: Justin Sorensen

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 4:24 pm | Updated: October 10, 2011 3:05 pm | Permalink

BYU kicker Justin Sorensen returned from his mission early in 2011 and is ready to compete for the Cougars during the upcoming season. The 2011 season will be his first competition in over two years and the added excitement of football independence has Sorensen anxiously awaiting early September. 

“I’m really excited for this season," Sorensen said.  "I don’t even think I have my head wrapped around the independence thing yet.  But the places we’re going have everyone so excited.  We’re working harder and I know I’m working harder as I work to get back in shape after my mission. Independence is great because it means publicity for our team and for the church. It will be great  to get our name out there and to get more fans involved with our program. It’s going to make our team a lot better.”

 

Aside from kicking, Sorensen also many talents, including the ability to skillfully ride a unicycle. 

 

“It started the summer between fourth and fifth grade.  I was at my cousins house and I was all by myself. They had an old unicycle with a flat tire and I rode it for something like twelve hours.  In fifth grade I rode it to school everyday, rain or shine. From there it just escalated and at age twelve I competed in the national championship in Washington. It’s just been a big part of my life ever since." 

 

He says the student body will be seeing him riding his unicycle around campus. But don’t worry, he’s never gotten hurt riding it. He also rode a unicycle around on his mission and said it was a great conversation starter.

Media Day 2011: Brandon Doman Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 4:24 pm | Permalink

BYU cameras went behind the scenes to capture some footage from BYU Offensive Coordinator, Brandon Doman's Spanish Webchat.