On schedule for the first broadcast of the day at BYUtv was BYU football’s State of the Program.
Head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, ESPN analyst and former BYU football player Trevor Matich and managing director of broadcasting, Derek Marquis joined studio host Dave McCann to assess the upcoming season.
McCann and his guests discussed a number of topics to start off the day including the new college playoff system, ESPN and BYUtv and the outlook for the season.
In response to the new college playoff system, Mendenhall and Holmoe both agreed the modification is a welcome change to college football and college football fans across the country.
“It’s better,” Holmoe said . “College football fans across the country wanted something different and their voices were heard.”
ESPN and the increasing publicity of BYU football was another hot topic in the studio. In the previous five seasons, BYU football had only been featured on ESPN a total of 10 times. In the last year alone, BYU was featured on ESPN 11 times.
Marquis talked about the success experienced by BYUtv in the last year and delivered the statistics to prove it. Last year, BYUtv broadcasted 135 lives sporting events, 75-plus live studio shows and live pregame and postgame shows for every football game.
Marquis also said that BYUtv is in full HD and they are working with cable networks to get the channel available in HD on all networks. The best thing for fans to do is to tell their cable networks and let them know they have fans who will utilize the HD channel.
Starting his eighth season as head football coach, Mendenhall will look to improve upon his 66-24 record in the team’s second season of independence. He described his experiences at BYU in the studio.
“It’s been an amazing experience here at BYU and I wouldn’t trade it,” Mendenhall said . “We want to be a program of integrity and show that we can do things ethically and morally and it’s more worthwhile.”
According to coach, it’s going to be an exciting season, so stay tuned.
For more information on broadcasts throughout the day, check out the schedule on the Media Day Central page at byucougars.com.