From the Pressbox: August 14

Aug 14, 2008 - Posted by Jeff Reynolds on August 14, 2008 at 11:17 am | Updated: May 2, 2011 3:35 pm

Countdown to Kickoff

Only 16 more days until the Cougars kickoff the season against Northern Iowa. Now, pay attention. This is really, really important. Wear blue!!! Let's back up for a second. How about we try using the commitment pattern. Since you know the school colors are blue, and since you know it's the right thing to do, will you wear blue to the BYU football game on August 30? Thank you.

A Dark Knight in Provo

Actually, it was a bright, sunny morning in Provo. During this morning's team meeting, Coach Mendenhall informed the team that he had decided to give them the morning off. He said the team has done everything he has asked of them and it was a way for the team to take some time off and sharpen up as they head into the last half of fall camp.

I asked Michael Reed what he thought about going to the movies instead of practicing. He said, "I was disappointed. I wanted to practice." The smile on his face was a clear indication that he was not being exactly honest.

Our football operations director, Duane Busby, lets the bus driver know the buses are loaded and they're good to go.

Yes. That appears to be a blanket Michael Alisa is taking to the theater.

Cougar Kickoff

This evening the team, along with members of the cross country team, the women's volleyball team and the women's soccer team participated in the annual Cougar Kickoff.

I'm not sure how many people were there tonight, but if I had to guess, I would say somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 people. No matter how many were actually in attendance, they all enjoyed everything from free ice cream to all sorts of activities.

Here are several photos from the event.

Players spent the majority of the evening signing autographs.

Born to be a Cougar fan -- check out those blue eyes!

Brandon Bradley

More Brandon Bradley

Coach Mendenhall addressed the crowd, and even fielded a few questions. He talked about everything from the new red-shirt policy to his thoughts on Northern Iowa.

Bryce Mahuika

Austin Collie

The cross country teams were on hand to help kids run a mini, cross-country course.

The crowd gathered to hear Coach Mendenhall.

Cosmo takes a little getting used to for some young fans.

Harvey Unga, Jan Jorgensen, Max Hall and David Nixon addressed the crowd.

Andrew George

Harvey Unga

Michael Reed

Former Cougar Gabe Reid working the dunk tank.

Fans take advantage of the equipment sale that was held prior to the Cougar Kickoff.

A band played during the Cougar Kickoff.