Media Day 2011: Football State of the Program

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Whitney Weekes on July 12, 2011 at 10:23 am | Updated: July 12, 2011 11:47 am

Football State of the Program with BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe, BYUtv’s Derek Marquis, ESPN’s Dave Brown and BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall:

Benefits of BYU broadcasting

“Back in September when we had the actual announcement of independence, we said how are we going to be able to pull this off, and it’s because of this new building. We’re thrilled to bring people here and show it off.” – Marquis

“Walking through this facility I would swear I was in Bristol. This facility is so impressive, its technological capabilities, it is all the same as ESPN. It’s going to be great. One other thing is the ability for us to work closely with BYU broadcasting just to get everyone more opportunities and more exposure. This deal just opens up more doors for all sports and will help fans get more access to BYU.” - Brown

“It’s impressive and it’s unprecedented and it’s what is helping us do this.” – Mendenhall on BYUtv’s impact on going independent

“This is a great moment for us. Anyone that has watched us over the years knows how many great games BYU has given us and we’re really excited about the opportunity to partner with BYU broadcasting and to get BYU football in front of as big of an audience as we can.” – Brown

“BYU television was created with the fans in mind, getting access to as many fans as we can.” – Holmoe

Scheduling

“Our goal is to win a National Championship and to do that we know we will have to go undefeated and at some point I know we will be. With the schedule and the exposure I would say we have more to play for now. I think the tough schedule is a benefit rather than a hindrance at this point.” – Mendenhall

“People love playing BYU. The schedule moving forward will give us an opportunity to play games across the country.” – Brown

“I’m looking forward to Notre Dame, it’s a natural rivalry. It’s not regional but it’s national. I like the idea of Boise State as well. We restore an old rivalry with Hawaii also.” – Mendenhall on future rivalries

“We are in the beginning stages of the schedule. As we go on, BYU will be able to balance out the schedule. Teams from the Big East, ACC, and others will play BYU in October and November. We have such a strong partnership with BYU so we want to assist them in any way possible to get them the schedule they want.” – Brown

BYU Independence

“I am hoping I am the coach that can navigate us to independence successfully but this is way bigger than just the head coach. This is about BYU football, which has a tradition unlike any other. I am anxious to help this team prove our worth on the National level.” - Mendenhall

“The intrigue is more ‘awe’ as in – how are you going to do it? What they don’t understand is that we have our own TV network. That alone boggles their mind, and what they don’t really understand is the BYU brand. Its gone much smoother than anticipated but many still cant believe we are doing it. Awestruck and anxious is where other colleges are in terms of how they think of our independence move.” – Mendenhall on other colleges’ opinions of BYU independence

“I think the fans should know that going independent was long thought out. Looking at players that are on missions and our young players, there are some good personnel. Our team is going to be personnel wise ready for this move. He [Mendenhall] is well aware of the pressure that he is under to perform this season. He wants that and embraces that.” – Holmoe

“We want exposure. We want to give our fans access. Our fans want to see us play the best teams throughout the country. We are a national university with 390,000 living alumni. We can go to different parts of the country and wherever we go, they will come. So when we strategize about our schedule, we are going to try to travel throughout the country.” – Holmoe

Honor Code

“I think positively and it certainly does exclude those from coming that don’t want it. I only want those that do want it. No one lives in perfectly but the intention of the honor code is to help people reach their potential. They aren’t perfect and our goal is to help them grow, even when they make mistakes. We make our standards clear form the beginning. Our program is not about enticing, its about explaining what they want and if they want to play under our standards.” – Mendenhall

“It is the greatest strength I have to coach to and recruit to. To coach kids with those standards is the greatest opportunity in my life. Can you win games with these standards? We are doing it. We want more people throughout the world to see who we really are. Why move independent and stay the same? This is a defining movement in the institution's history. To not take the risk, that wouldn't be right." – Mendenhall

Partnership with ESPN

* ESPN will be available on BYU’s campus cable this coming year

* Ten games will be on ESPN this year and eight are already scheduled for next year.

“BYU will be right at the top of exposure on ESPN. This deal for BYU will put them at or near the top and will put BYU up there with the SEC guys.” – Brown

“We feel very positive about where we’re going with the WCC and how our sports, particularly basketball being on ESPN again, this will benefit our basketball team and all of our other Olympic sports.” - Holmoe

“The landscape of athletics these days is always changing and it’s nice to be able to have people at BYU and ESPN to help us.” – Holmoe

“We’ve worked closely with ESPN and it is exciting to know that we will have teams coming to BYU that haven’t been here before and even this first year we’re going places that we’ve never been before.” –Holmoe

“Our program is strong, we have a world-wide following and we’ve partnered with a world-wide partner of sports.” – Mendenhall

“Our schedule was lacking because we didn’t have BYU on.” – Brown on ESPN’s schedule

“We aren’t and won’t lose a single recruit by not being in the Mountain West Conference. Now kids around the country are seeing that we are independent like Notre dame. Then they hear that we are starting at Ole Miss and at Texas, and about our nationwide partnership with ESPN, and they realize that something is happening here. It’s not taking much for recruits, boosters to see that this isn’t a step backward, it’s a step forward.” - Mendenhall