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Media Day 2011: Ty Detmer on Independence and Coaching

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 3:12 pm | Permalink

The lone Heisman Trophy winner in BYU history took a minute to sit and talk with BYU Athletic Communications about the changes that BYU will experience with its newfound independence and the possibility of becoming a member of the Cougar staff someday.

Detmer believes the exposure on ESPN will allow BYU to reach more recruits across the nation, much in the same way the Cougars reached him via national exposure while he was a high school quarterback. 

"I think BYU has missed out on a lot of recruits, including LDS recruits, to schools like Notre Dame and Stanford because they have so much more exposure on the national landscape. Now I think we will be able to get some of those kids and attract more non-LDS kids because they will get a chance to see this team on national TV like I did in high school. I had the chance to see BYU play for the National Championship and in a few other games. I didn't know anything about the school, Utah or the LDS Church, but I knew they threw the ball, and knew that would be perfect for me. Seeing BYU on TV made a huge difference for me during my recruitment and I am sure it will make a difference for other kids as well." 

Detmer is currently the head football coach at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. When asked if he would ever consider returning to the BYU sideline as a member of the Cougar staff, Detmer admitted it could be possible if the situation presented itself. 

"BYU is very close to my heart," Detmer said. "If they came to me and said 'we want you' or 'we need you' then I would entertain the offer. It would have to come in the right situation for me and my family. I really like the situation that high school football provides. I have time to come to these types of events, along with some charity golf tournaments and also get to go hunting and run my ranch. But I will say that if I were to come back to BYU it would have to be the right situation and the right job."

While discussing coaching, Detmer also discussed the perception that BYU coaches are often paid less than coaches at other major football programs around the country. 

"If we are going to be a competitive program and are planning on staying independent then we are going to have to step up to the table and do what some of the other major colleges do around the country when it comes to coach compensation," Detmer said. "We have a lot of young guys on this BYU staff with a lot of potential and in order to keep them we are going to have to pay them. If we want this BYU team to compete against the top BCS competition then we are going to have to pay like the top BCS competition." 

Media Day 2011: Fun with JJ Di Luigi

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 3:07 pm | Permalink
JJ talks about his dog and this year's touchdown celebration...

Media Day 2011: Fun with Jake Heaps

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 3:04 pm | Permalink

Talkin bout some more "undisclosed" locations. And Japan.

Media Day 2011: Interview with Ty Detmer

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:52 pm | Permalink

Athletic Marketing interview with Ty Detmer

Media Day 2011: Behind the Scenes at the Legends show

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:35 pm | Permalink

BYU cameras went behind the scenes at the Legends Show to capture a few candid moments from a great broadcast.

Media Day 2011: KSL Radio Broadcast Photo Gallery

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:33 pm | Permalink

Coach Bronco Mendenhall visits with KSL's Greg Wrubell.

Media Day 2011: Fun with Tom Holmoe

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:23 pm | Permalink

Athletic Marketing catches up with Tom Holmoe.

Media Day 2011: Joe DuPaix Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 2:17 pm | Permalink

BYU cameras caught up with BYU Runnning Backs Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Joe DuPaix and talked about BYU football and Media Day.

 

Media Day 2011: Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 2:13 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 4:32 pm | Permalink

Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer took a minute to talk with Athletic Communications between Football Media Day sessions.

Detmer, who played for the Cougars from 1987-1991, said he enjoys coming back to BYU.

“I always enjoy coming back and getting to see old friends and friendly faces,” Detmer said. “The facilities just keep getting better and better. The broadcast building is great. It’s really impressive what’s going on here. I think everyone is real excited about the future.”

Detmer shared his thoughts on what independence will bring for BYU.

“For exposure, you can’t beat it,” Detmer said. “You have the contract with ESPN. You have national media coming in for this event. You’re going to play a lot of high profile games that people are going to tune in to. Hopefully we’re putting on a good show and people are getting excited about. “

Personally, Detmer is most excited for the Cougars to come to Texas.

“BYU plays UT and I’m living in Austin and so I’ll be able to be at that game,” Detmer said. “Everyone, including myself, is just excited about the future and upcoming teams. There is the possibility of playing anybody. We’re free to schedule any team any time anywhere and that’s exciting for all of us.”

As an independent team, BYU will gain national exposure, which Detmer believes will ignite an excitement among Cougar Nation.

“Most of the games BYU has played on ESPN have been pretty exciting games,” Detmer said. “People have always enjoyed watching BYU and the style of play they have. Even when I was playing here we had fans at every location. No matter where we played, there's always a fan base. That’s going to create more excited in the fan base. People in Mississippi are going to get the Cougars right there in their backyard. People in Texas, we have them coming in twice. All across the country, BYU fans will get the chance to see BYU play in person. “

Detmer said BYU, who no longer is affiliated with a football conference, will miss some of the old rivalries and being able to win a conference title. However, he said players have a big reason to be excited.

“As a player you’re excited because you’re going to get more exposure,” Detmer said. “If you do well, everyone in the country will get to see it. As a player today, those guys have to be excited to jump out there and show people what they can do.”

To sum it up, Detmer said being independent allows BYU an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t have.

“We want to be respected and show we have a top program here in Provo and we’re getting the opportunity to do that,” Detmer said.

Media Day 2011: Interview with Lane Olson

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:46 pm | Permalink

 cameras caught up with Lane Olson, Football Video Coordinator, to talk about Media Day.