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BYU Featured In BBC Documentary "Polynesian 'Luau' In Unfamiliar Surroundings"

Sep 16, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:50 am | Updated: September 16, 2011 11:11 am | Permalink

The BYU football team was recently featured in the BBC's documentary called "Polynesian 'Luau' In Unfamiliar Surroundings."

The documentary follows the Polynesian migration to Utah and the current culture in the state. It mentions that at times, as much as 30 percent of BYU's football team is of Polynesian descent.

For a time, the documentary was the most watched video on the BBC's US website, and a three-minute version aired on BBC Worldwide and PBS stations across the country.

An brief description from the BBC of the documentary here:

The state of Utah counts more Polynesians per capita than any other state on the American mainland. Lured by the Mormon church, immigrants and descendants from Tonga, Samoa and Hawaii have grown three times as fast as the rest of the state's population over the last decade.

But the community still struggles to adapt to the American culture. The youngest generation, often the first ones of the family born in the US, feel caught between two worlds. The result is higher-than-average gang violence and dropout rates.

The BBC's Franz Strasser went to Utah to see what challenges this small community still faces and how it plans to tackle them.

CLICK HERE to watch the documentary.

 

BYU Top in State

Sep 15, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 1:51 pm | Permalink

Brigham Young University jumped up four spots to 71st in the U.S. News & World Report 2012 Best Colleges rankings, released earlier this week.

The BYU football team has been taking advantage of the academics offered, posting a 3.0 cumulative team GPA, the highest cumulative team mark in years. Last season, running back Bryan Kariya earned Academic All-American Second Team honors and was the only running back from an FBS school to earn Academic-All-American.

Since Mendenhall took over the program in 2005, BYU earned seven Academic All-American honors, including six in the past three seasons.

The 350-page 2012 Best Colleges guidebook, which hits newsstands Sept. 20, ranks more than 1,400 four-year accredited colleges and universities. BYU falls into the category of "national universities," which includes schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral degrees.

This year BYU also surged seven spots to 13th in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category and is ranked 8th in the category of “Least Debt,” which compares the average debt carried by departing graduates. The Marriott School of Management is ranked 36th in the category of undergraduate business programs.

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology was also listed among the top engineering schools, with its undergraduate program ranked 82nd.

In specialty categories, the Marriott School moved up three spots to 14th in international business while also registering 21st in entrepreneurship.

Princeton and Harvard tied for the top spot in the "national universities" category, followed by Yale, Columbia and the California Institute of Technology.

It's A Reynolds Thing

Sep 14, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 1:12 pm | Updated: September 14, 2011 1:18 pm | Permalink

BYU has had a tradition of sibling teammates for years. One of the most prominent has been the Reynolds brothers, who average 6-foot-4 and 306 pounds. In fact, the Cougars have had at least one Reynolds brother start on the offensive line every season dating back to 2004.

Lance Jr. (2001-05), Dallas (2005-08), Matt (2007-Pres.) and Houston (2009-Pres.) have combined for 115 starts since 2004. Continuing further on the Reynolds’ offensive line, BYU has actually had at least two of the brothers starting together three different seasons with Lance Jr. and Dallas starting 12 games together in 2005, Dallas and Matt starting 13 games in 2008, and with Houston getting the starting nod the first two games of 2011, he joins Matt for another Reynolds tag team. As a sophomore this season, it looks like Houston will continue the Reynolds' tradition for a few more years.

Beyond the siblings of the past decade the Reynolds brothers' father, Lance Sr. is now the assistant head coach and tight ends coach. Lance Sr. has been with BYU's program for over 30 years, both as a coach and as a player on the offensive line in the mid-70's.

With Matt looking to have a big senior season and head to the NFL after 2011, he will be following in the footsteps of his dad and two older brothers. Lance Sr. was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978. Lance Jr. signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 and Dallas signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009.

Big boys who play on the offensive line, it must be a Reynolds thing.

Texas Football Fireside

Sep 10, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 9:58 am | Permalink

AUSTIN, Tex. - The BYU football team hosted its pre-game fireside Friday night in advance of its game against the University of Texas.

Senior center Terence Brown began the meeting by speaking of his recruiting process. After receiving offers from schools near his hometown of Summerville, S.C., along with BYU, Brown prayed for guidance. Upon praying, Brown felt prompted to attend BYU and describes the experience as just one of many in his life that has strengthened his testimony in God and the gospel.

After Brian Smith sang, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," Texas native Brandon Ogletree spoke. The junior linebacker also testified of the power of prayer and how it has helped him in times of trial. 

The Mendenhalls finished the meeting with their thoughts, including how they met. Holly Mendenhall described how, after dating Bronco for a time, the couple went their separate ways for 10 years. They finally met up again after a chance meeting at an airport terminal, eventually getting back together and marrying. Holly used the story to tell how God knows our needs and wants and will help us so long as we patiently continue to live righteously.

Coach Mendenhall closed the meeting by expressing his love for his wife and family and his appreciation for the restored gospel.   

Coach on the Radio

Sep 07, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 4:54 pm | Updated: September 13, 2011 1:59 pm | Permalink

In case you missed them, here are links to BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall's two national radio interviews from yesterday. Coach Mendenhall talked to Scott Van Pelt before going on the air with Tim Brando.

Also, don't forget that Coach Mendenhall will be on live tonight during his Coach's Show on KSL 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and ksl.com.

Listen to the Scott Van Pelt segment HERE.

Listen to the Tim Brando segment HERE.

Ole Miss Fireside

Sep 02, 2011 - Posted by Jordan Christiansen at 9:46 pm | Updated: September 2, 2011 9:51 pm | Permalink

TUPELO, Miss. - BYU held its first fireside of the season Friday night as various members of the team spoke before an audience of 1,150 that filled the Tupelo Stake Center.

The chapel and every room in the building were overflowing as the Cougars held their first fireside in the state of Mississippi. In a sign of friendship, Tupelo City Councilman Jonny Davis presented BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson with the key to the city.

Senior defensive back Robbie Buckner, a native of Ashdown, Ark., spoke first about his appreciation for the gospel. Following Buckner's remarks, punter Brian Smith played the piano while singing a rendition of "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."

Sophomore tight end Austin Holt then spoke about his experiences as a missionary in St. Louis, including a family he saw baptized and then sealed in the temple days before he was to finish his mission.

BYU head coach and his wife, Holly, closed out the meeting, bearing their testimonies. Coach Mendenhall counseled those in attendance to let their light shine in whatever individual situation they may find themselves. 

Thoughts on BYU in the Acropolis of Athens Tournament

Aug 23, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:16 am | Permalink

Here is a link where you can watch the games at the Acropolis of Athens Tournament. The Italy vs. Bulgaria game is on right now and due to the language barrier, I'm not 100 percent positive BYU vs. Greece will be on next but I'm pretty sure it will.

The Cougars have been given an incredible opportunity to play two of the top national teams in the world today and tomorrow at the Acropolis of Athens Tournament. BYU faces Greece today at 12:15 p.m. MT and Italy tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. MT. And these aren't the junior teams. These are the senior national teams.

BYU has played well so far in Greece, defeating the Athens All-Stars and ASE Doukas. But the next two games will be a level of competition the Cougars haven't seen, and weren't expecting. The Cougars had a slate of games scheduled but when a team withdrew from the Acropolis Tournament, BYU was called upon to fill in. It will be an incredible opportunity for the team to see how they measure up with some of the best players in the world.

While this team did graduate two all-timers in Jimmer and Jackson, the Cougars aren't without leadership. They have seniors Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo who have been through three NCAA Tournaments and won two conference titles. Abouo has played with the Ivory Coast National Team for two summers, including the 2010 World Championships in Turkey. His experience and leadership will play an important role for BYU in these two games.

Greece finished 2010 ranked No. 4 in the world by FIBA and is currently No. 7. If you can read Greek, here is the official page for Greek basketball. Here is the nation's page on FIBA. While it's tough to find what the team has done this year and who is on the roster, this team is obviously enjoying some level off success despite numerous injuries and other issues.

Italy is ranked No. 15 in the world right now but is likely the most talented team of the four participating in the Acropolis Tournament. The Italian roster includes NBAers Andrea Bargnani, Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli. All three play significant roles for their respective NBA teams and Gallinari and Belinelli helped their teams reach the 2011 playoffs.

For the speakers of Italian out there, here is Italy's official site for its national teams. Here is the FIBA page for Italy.

2010-11 Basketball Documentary Trailer

Aug 18, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:49 pm | Updated: August 18, 2011 12:55 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailer for the 2010-11 BYU men's basketball documentary, titled 'Amazing.' Visit BYUtickets.com to order the DVD. Delivery is scheduled for September.

Cougars in Greece: Day 1

Aug 17, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:20 am | Permalink

 

From assistant coach Tim LaComb - Tuesday, Aug. 16

We arrived in Athens via NYC at 9:30 a.m. Greece time (Tuesday). We left the airport and took a bus tour of Athens. We visited the Panathinaikos which hosted the Olympics in 1896. We walked the Plaka section of Athens below the Acropolis. We had a team meal in the evening and all tried to fight off jet leg. Everyone is healthy and happy. We are excited to see the Parthenon and play our first game this afternoon at 6 p.m. vs Athens All Stars. Will report more later.

BYU at Texas to be broadcast on ESPN 3D

Aug 08, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 12:06 pm | Updated: August 8, 2011 1:13 pm | Permalink

ESPN announced BYU’s game against Texas on Sept. 10 will be televised on ESPN 3D. The game will also be also be broadcast on ESPN2 as previously announced. BYU at Texas is one of 20 regular season college football games to be televised on the ESPN 3D in 2011.

The network will kick off its second year of extensive college football coverage with two games in five days over Labor Day weekend when UNLV travels to Wisconsin on Thurs., Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. ET with Miami at Maryland on Mon., Sept. 5, at 8 p.m.

The 2011 season marks the return of Miami, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin to the ESPN 3D schedule and the addition of multiple top programs highlighted by LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Texas.  It will also be the second straight year the network will air the Dr Pepper ACC Championship game, slated for Sat., Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.

The network will increase its post season coverage this year with the return of the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on Mon., Jan. 9, at 8:30 p.m.  as well as five additional bowl games.

ESPN 3D is available nationwide to more than 65 million households and has carriage agreements with Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

For a complete schedule of ESPN 3D 2011 college football broadcasts and more information CLICK HERE.

About ESPN 3D

ESPN was the first to announce in the United States an exclusive 3D network in January 2010 which was the culmination of more than three years of testing 3D television.  ESPN has produced many 3D domestic telecasts in 2010 and 2011, including the BCS National Championship game, the Masters, X Games, multiple college football and basketball games, the State Farm Home Run Derby and more . ESPN has developed best practices for utilizing the technology in live game applications which have provided the ability to streamline workflow operations, adjust 3D camera positioning, perform transmission tests and gauge fan reaction to a 3D telecast versus a traditional telecast.  In addition, ESPN utilizes cutting-edge technology located at the ESPN Innovation Lab in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World to continue to develop innovative production enhancements.  ESPN 3D is available in the United States to more than 65 million households and has carriage agreements with Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. Sony was named the first official sponsor of the network in January 2010.