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Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Goes Green

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by at 12:43 pm | Permalink

This season the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and ESPN are upping sustainability efforts to increase awareness and educate fans and participating teams about the steps necessary for a green future.

For the first time in the bowl’s history, ESPN will bring its “Green Team” to the event to help reduce the impact on the environment. The Green Team will be onsite all day in the bowl’s Armed Forces Adventure Area where fans can stop by to participate in interactive games for a chance to win eco-friendly prizes. The Armed Forces Adventure Area is located at the North end of Ford Stadium and is open to the general public beginning at 8 a.m. (CT) and immediately following the game until 5 p.m. 

“This is a great initiative that ESPN has started and we are very excited to have it as a part of this year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl,” said Brant Ringler, the bowl’s executive director. “We pride ourselves on our event being ‘more than a bowl game,’ and this is just another worthwhile component to add to the fan experience.”

ESPN will give all credentialed guests will receive a lanyard made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and will provide 40 recycling bins to help with the collection of tailgate recyclables. Bins will also be placed in the press box and production compound to maximize recycling efforts.  Since 2010, ESPN’s “Green Team” has helped decrease the environmental impact at College GameDay sites and at select game locations.

The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will kick off on Friday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. (CT) in Dallas, Texas. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Stadium tickets are still available for $60 per seat, and the bowl is also selling a limited number of premium club seats for $150 per ticket located in Ford Stadium’s indoor club section on the west side of the stadium. As part of the bowl’s tribute to the armed forces, military veterans receive discounted tickets at $30 per ticket and active-duty military personnel receive free admittance via the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl corporate military ticket underwriting program. Detailed ticket information for the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl can be obtained through the bowl’s web site at

Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured a military theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the military are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing military hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; the awarding of a custom home to a wounded warrior; on-field induction ceremonies; military bands and honor guards; and the awarding of the annual "Great American Patriot Award" (GAPA) presented by Armed Forces Insurance. For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, joined the bowl on August 23, 2006, as the title sponsor of the postseason college football game formerly known as the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl (2003-2004) and the Fort Worth Bowl (2005). The 2006 season marked the first year of the adoption of the “Armed Forces Bowl” name, making the official title the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Bell Helicopter has twice exercised its option for title sponsorship of the game. The current agreement was signed in September 2009 to continue the Sponsorship for the 2010 and 2011 games with a two-year option for 2012 and 2013. 

Freshmen Debuts

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:52 am | Updated: December 20, 2011 12:20 pm | Permalink

Freshman guard Matt Carlino made his collegiate debut against No. 6 Baylor last Saturday and he did not disappoint, totaling 18 points, two assists, 1 block and 1 steal off the bench. He also hit four 3s as the Cougars almost pulled off the upset against the Bears.

Looking back through several box scores, Carlino had one of the better debuts by a BYU freshman in recent history. It’s probably fair to say that his debut is the best since Mike Rose dropped 26 points, eight 3s and six assists on Southern Utah on Nov. 21, 2003. To Carlino’s credit, he was playing a top-10 team in a close game. Rose’s performance came in a blowout of a team that finished 10-18 overall and 6-10 in the Mid Continent Conference.

Here is a list of some of the best debuts by BYU freshman in the program’s history. While Carlino was the only Cougar on the list to make his debut against a ranked team, I’d probably pick Shawn Bradley’s performance as the best for a freshman’s first game. If you can think of anyone else who may have had a great first game, let me know by email at or via Twitter at @kylechilton

As a side note, the best second game goes to Ainge. He posted a triple-double with 27 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and four steals against Long Beach State on Nov. 28, 1977. While his is the only game I checked, I think it’s fair to say he had the best second game by a freshman in BYU history.

Name Date Opponent Stats
Shawn Bradley 11/14/90 East Tennessee State 23 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, 8-15 FGs
Mike Rose 11/21/03 Southern Utah 26 points, 8-13 3-pointers, 6 assists
Russell Larson 11/26/91 Utah State 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 8-10 FGs 
Matt Carlino 12/17/11 No. 6 Baylor 18 points, 7-14 FGs, 4-8 3s, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal
Danny Ainge 11/26/77 UCLA 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Mark Bigelow 11/13/98 Wofford 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4-6 FGs
Devin Durrant 11/24/78 Hawaii 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL Newsradio - 12/19/11

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: December 21, 2011 12:28 pm | Permalink

Listen to the third episode of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' on KSL Newsradio.

Rose and Greg Wrubell discussed last week's game against No. 6 Baylor and this week's games against Buffalo and UC Santa Barbara. Junior guard Craig Cusick was this week's guest and Rose also answered questions from the fans.

Click here to listen to the show.

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 12/18/11

Dec 19, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:44 pm | Updated: January 13, 2012 1:23 pm | Permalink

Episdoe 2 of 'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' aired on KSL 5 TV on Sunday, Dec. 18. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on

BYU vs. Baylor on KSL

Dec 18, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: December 19, 2011 2:52 pm | Permalink

Use the links below to listen to Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant call the Baylor game on KSL.

Pregame Show

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half


Noon or Earlier

Dec 16, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:30 pm | Updated: December 16, 2011 4:34 pm | Permalink

Saturday’s matchup with No. 6/7 Baylor is scheduled for noon, a relatively early tip time for a college basketball game. In fact, under Dave Rose — whose first season was 2005-06 — BYU has played just seven games at noon or earlier.

The Cougars are 8-0 in those games including 6-0 on neutral floors and 2-0 on the road. Last season BYU defeated No. 6/4 San Diego State on the road and last Saturday the Cougars downed Utah at the Huntsman Center. This will be the first noon or earlier game in the Marriott Center under Rose. What does all this mean? Probably nothing. But it’s a fun fact.

Date Time Opponent Result
3/8/07 12 p.m. vs. TCU W, 77-64
3/13/08 12 p.m. vs. Colorado State W, 89-62
3/12/09 12 p.m. vs. Air Force W, 80-69
12/22/09 12 p.m. vs. Nevada W, 110-104
3/18/10 11:15 a.m. vs. Florida W, 99-92 (OT)
2/26/11 11 a.m. at San Diego State W, 80-67
3/10/11 12 p.m. vs. TCU W, 64-58
12/10/11 12 p.m. at Utah W, 61-42
12/17/11 12 p.m. Baylor

WCC Giving Back this Holiday Season

Dec 16, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:38 pm | Permalink

The spirit of giving back is in the air in the West Coast Conference and its nine institutions. Community service is a priority during the holiday season and throughout the year for the WCC. See what our schools have been up to!

Head-to-Head: BYU vs. Baylor

Dec 15, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:32 am | Permalink

Check out how BYU's starters matchup with Baylor's starters, both phyiscally and statistically.

BYU's Probable Starters Baylor's Probable Staters
Rpg Ppg Wt Ht Name Name Ht Wt Ppg Rpg
1.8 4.7 195 6-3 Anson Winder A.J. Walton 6-1 185 4.1 3.0
3.2 8.6 210 6-6 Brock Zylstra Brady Heslip 6-2 180 8.8 3.0
7.2 12.3 215 6-5 Charles Abouo Quincy Miller 6-9 210 12.3 5.6
6.9 17.3 230 6-8 Noah Hartsock Quincy Acy 6-7 235 12.0 7.6
6.5 10.6 235 6-9 Brandon Davies Perry jones III 6-11 235 15.7 5.3

True Blue on BYUtv: Week of 12/12/11

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:01 pm | Updated: December 13, 2011 11:08 pm | Permalink

On this week's episode, Blaine Fowler delivers the inaugral "Blainey Awards"; Tom Holmoe breaks down the Cougar defense; and the men's basketball team faces their biggest test yet.

Click here to watch.

BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV - 12/11/11

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:22 pm | Permalink

'BYU Basketball with Head Coach Dave Rose' on KSL 5 TV debuted on Sunday, Dec. 11. Watch the episode below or click here to watch on