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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.

Media Day 2011: Jennifer Rockwood

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:18 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 4:21 pm | Permalink


BYU women’s soccer coach Jennifer Rockwood spent time with BYU Athletic Communications during the Football Media Day afternoon breakout session to share her thoughts on Media Day and the West Coast Conference.

“It’s a very exciting big day for BYU being independent and whatever is good for BYU football is always good for us,” Rockwood said. “As a soccer coach, we definitely feel a big benefit with this move into the West Coast Conference. The WCC is a nationally recognized and successful soccer conference, so we’re thrilled.”

The new conference will bring new experiences for women’s soccer.

“We can’t wait for the new competition, the new teams, the new facilities and the new cities,” Rockwood said. “It’s going to be exciting. I’m really looking forward to it.”

After a successful spring season, where BYU went 10-0-1 and gave up just one goal against Arizona State, Rockwood is sad to see seniors leave but knows the future of the program is in great hands.

“We graduated some fantastic players that have been a big part of our program, but we have some great leaders who have stepped up that have been able to lead the team through this offseason,” Rockwood said. “They have real high expectations.”

Rockwood expects a successful upcoming season but recognizes the competition the team will face in the WCC.

“We have a lot of returning starters and returning players, so I really look forward to a great season,” Rockwood said. “We know we’re going to have to be better than we’ve ever been to compete in the West Coast Conference.”

Media Day 2011: Interview with LaVell Edwards

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 4:10 pm | Permalink

BYU cameras caught up with former BYU Head Football Coach LaVell Edwards and talked BYU Football and Media Day 2011.

Media Day 2011: Breakout Session with LaVell Edwards

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 4:04 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 4:18 pm | Permalink

After participating in the Legends Roundtable, LaVell Edwards answered questions about BYU going independent and what it would take to coach a team during independence.

What did you think when you heard BYU would become a football independent? 

"I was surprised by the announcement.  I've always been in a conference and I've liked that.  I was never privy to any discussion about independence and didn't expect to be, so I was very surprised by the announcement last fall." 

How do you motivate a team without the promise of a conference season and the potential for a conference championship? 

"It's a whole new ball game.  Bronco is a very sharp young man and is a very good football coach. He will figure out ways to keep his kids motivated and keep them going in the right direction. Things can get real tough if you get off to a slow start and you aren't playing for a conference championship." 

BYU has experienced some difficulty in find opponents in late October and November. Will that get easier as time goes on? 

"ESPN will make it easier to get big games late in the schedule but team's that have to worry about winning their league championship will probably not want to play BYU as a non-conference opponent late in the season." 

Will independence provide an easier path to national prominence for the Cougars? 

"I've wondered about that myself. I think ESPN will help because it will give the program more exposure than they've had in the past. If you're a non-BCS school than you can't afford to lose any games, so it makes it very tough if the goal is a national championship. That makes every game right from the start even more important. We will just have to wait and see how it works out."

Would you have embraced independence while you were coaching? 

"I really don't know. It never came up while I was here and I was surprised when I heard it was a possibility even now."