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Rose talks about his health and the upcoming season

Sep 23, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:02 pm | Permalink

On Sept. 9, BYU basketball coach Dave Rose underwent surgery as part of his cancer treatment. On Saturday, Sept. 21, he addressed his health on the BYUtv and Cougar IMG Sports Network pregame shows prior to the BYU vs. Utah football game. Rose is expecting to be ready to coach when the team begins practice on Oct. 7.

“The good thing is, four and a half years ago, they took out a tumor the size of an orange, but this time, it was the size of a peanut. It’s an interesting way to live, but it’s kind of my life. The best part about it is that I’ve been feeling really good the last three or four days. I got to see the guys again and watch workout a couple times and we’ve been able to host our recruits as well.”

“Home is way better than the hospital. They were great in the hospital. I’ll never get into the situation I was in four and a half years ago.”

“I believe by Oct. 7 when we start practice that I’ll be back 100 percent and we’ll be ready to go. The next week or so I’ll take it how it goes. It’s not all that different from normal.”

“I miss a lot of time this time of year, because I’m usually on the road recruiting and so our coaches are doing a tremendous job of getting our guys ready for our practice. Things are in great hands and I’m really excited for this year’s team. I think that our guards are going to be terrific and we have really good, talented young big guys. It’s a good time to have young, talented big guys when you have experienced guards.”


Alumni Weekend

Sep 23, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:47 pm | Updated: September 25, 2013 1:33 pm | Permalink

The 12th annual baseball golf tournament was a successful event played at TalonsCove Golf Course on September 20.

LITTLEWOOD RETURNS TO ST. GEORGE: The previous weekend BYU coach Mike Littlewood and his wife Dani pinch-hit for BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, recuperating from cancer treatment, and his wife Cheryl as the convocation speakers for Dixie State University. Among Coach Littlewood’s remarks at that convocation were: “You can be whatever you want to be. Enjoy it while it lasts, it won’t last forever. Find your passion and pursue it with vigor. Don’t let society define your success.”

COUGARS RETURN TO ST. GEORGE: Last March BYU baseball moved its home opening games vs. Creighton to St. George because of weather. BYU just completed an agreement with Seattle University to move the 2014 home opener from Provo to St. George on Feb. 27, 28 and March 1.

TUCKETT’S CONNECTIONS: Former BYU coach and athletic director Glen Tuckett “presided” and played in the golf tournament with two of his former players Jeff Bills and former Major Leaguer Dane Iorg. Iorg’s son Seth and nephew Isaac, also former Cougars, played in that tourney, as did Mark Hildebrand, who was recruited by Coach Tuckett in the 1970s. Hildebrand used to manage the AAA Franklin Quest Field for the Larry H. Miller group and now is the director for the 8,000-seat UCCU Events Center at Utah Valley University.

UTAH VALLEY GREEN: There were several Utah Valley University connections on the greens in addition to Hildebrand. Among them were former Cougar infielder Nate Mathis, who is now the Assistant AD - Corporate Partners & Marketing at UVU; BYU senior associate AD Brian Santiago, UVU transfers Seth King, Todd Newman, Tyler Perry, Ben Saylor, Craig Smith, Glen Spencer, Wade Vest, and Bill Hoops, current BYU athletic marketing coordinator. Another Wolverine playing in the tourney was former Major Leaguer Mitch Jones.

SLICK BLUE: Former Cougar D.G. Nelson, the current head coach for the Bruins, represented Salt Lake Community College. D.G.’s uncle Kim Nelson, a former Cougar All-American, played in the tourney. Among the SLCC transfers to BYU who played in the golf tourney were Ryan Bernal and Rusty Gray.

ANNOYING RED: One brave golfer came dressed in all red Utah attire, but it wasn’t former Cougar pitcher Brett McDermaid who transferred to Utah from BYU. McDermaid played the TalonsCove course with former Cougar pitchers Matt Rex, Craig Smith and Marc Kenner. The man dressed in red has the last name of Gray, a relative playing in the Rusty Gray foursome.

FOOTBALL TIE: Former college football player, Derek Shutt, who was a tight end at UC Davis, played in the foursome with his brother Justin, a former Cougar reliever.

FINANCIAL GURUS: Several former BYU baseball players who played in the golf tourney now have careers in the financial industry. Among those are Oxford-educated former relief pitcher Josh Barrett and former pitcher Michel Bergeron who played with his father who had traveled from Ontario, Canada. Another former Cougar pitcher J.D. Stambaugh traveled quite a ways from Memphis, Tenn., where he is a financial adviser for Duncan-Williams, Inc. Another financial connection playing in the tourney was former BYU second baseman Dane Nielsen who now works in Phoenix for Odyssey Capital Group. Nielsen played in the foursome with BYU baseball radio announcer Brent Norton.

WINNERS: The foursome led by BYU assistant men’s golf coach Todd Miller won the tourney. Also in that foursome were Bernal, Alex Wolfe and Keith Nellesen. A post-tournament award was also given to former BYU second baseman Cameron Coughlan who came dressed in old-time duffer attire.

THE SCORE: The alumni game pitted former Cougars against each other, divided by even and odd years when they played at BYU. The score was 11-6 in favor of the even-year graduates. Among the highlights were Mark Anderson still throwing in the 90s, Jake Stubblefield hitting a home run over the scoreboard off Jeff Stone (see his swing in the accompanying photos) and current pitching coach Jeremy Thomas touching 85 mph in the ninth inning.

BYU vs. Utah fourth quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 11:49 pm | Permalink

BYU had possession of the ball at the end of the game but couldn't convert. The Utes held on to win 20-13.

The Cougars scored their first touchdown on a touchdown carry by Michael Alisa from the one-yard line with 5:13 remaining in the game. BYU's scoring drive consisted of six plays and 44 yards in the span of 1:49.

JD Falslev had a 61-yard rush on a punt return with 9:44 remaining in the game.

Utah scored its second touchdown with 12:44 remaining in the game to go up 20-6.

This game was Cody Hoffman's 15th with at least 100 receiving yards, finishing the game with 108.

BYU vs. Utah third quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 10:48 pm | Permalink

The Cougars added six points to the board on two made field goals in the quarter to cut the deficit to 13-6.

BYU's first points came on a 32-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen with 11:39 remaining in the third quarter. The Cougars scored another field goal that came from the 31-yard line to cut the deficit to 13-6 with 5:39 left in the quarter.

Sophomore Mitch Mathews received an 18-yard pass from Taysom Hill with 13:08 left in the quarter that was followed by a 41-yard rush by Hill for a first down.

Mitch Mathews' 26-yard reception from Hill was a career high.

Cody Hoffman moved to No. 4 all-time at BYU for career receiving yards with 2,850, passing Margin Hooks.

BYU vs. Utah second quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:51 pm | Permalink

BYU entered halftime down 13-0 after Utah rushed 74 yards to get a one-yard touchdown pass with 1:22 left in the half. 

Wide receiver Cody Hoffman completed a 32-yard pass from Taysom Hill for a first down with 6:40 left in the quarter. The reception marked the 34th-straight game Hoffman has had at least one reception. He also led the team with 61 yards in the first half.

Wide receiver JD Falslev completed an 11-yard pass and a 20-yard pass from Taysom Hill to finish the half with 31 yards. 

With eight minutes remaining in the second quarter, Utah made another field goal to put them up 6-0. 

BYU missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 5:39 left to cut the deficit in half, making it Justin Sorensen's first missed field goal attempt of the season. 

Utah scored the first touchdown of the game with 1:17 left in the second quarter. 

BYU vs. Utah first quarter

Sep 21, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:11 pm | Permalink

BYU and Utah's defense held strong to start the first quarter forcing each other to punt until Utah made a field goal late in the quarter to put them up 3-0.

Defensive lineman Remington Peck recorded a sack that resulted in a loss of seven yards for Utah. Taysom Hill completed a 30-yard pass to Brett Thompson, but BYU was outrushed 126-73.

On defense, Kyle Van Noy recorded one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry forcing Utah to throw a bad pass.

With under two minutes left in the quarter, BYU ran back a kick return, but the play was called back because of a penalty.

Utah had a 65-yard run that helped the Utes get into position for a field goal late in the first quarter. 

NCAA All-Access with Cloee: The Utah rivalry

Sep 19, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:40 pm | Permalink

BYU senior midfielder Cloee Colohan takes you behind the scenes for BYU's 1-0 victory over Utah in this video at!soccer-women/2013-09-13/all-access-byu-womens-soccer-cloee-colohan-episode-two-utah-rivalry

Rachel Manning on True Blue

Sep 18, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 8:37 am | Updated: September 18, 2013 8:41 am | Permalink

Rachel "The Magnet" Manning was featured on BYUtv's True Blue on Monday. Check out the video below at the 15:15 mark.

Football bye week full of national accolades, interviews

Sep 14, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:01 am | Updated: September 14, 2013 12:12 pm | Permalink

This week BYU was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week after its 40-21 victory over then No. 15 Texas at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Four players—quarterback Taysom Hill, running back Jamaal Williams, linebacker Alani Fua and placekicker Justin Sorensen—were also recognized nationally with various honors for their contributions to the Cougar victory.

With his 259 rushing yards and three touchdowns directing the BYU triumph, Hill deservedly received numerous awards during the week, including National Player of the Week accolades. Consequently, BYU was a primary topic in local and national media during the week. In addition to local media interviews with players and coaches, BYU conducted more than a half-dozen national interviews, including national radio shows on CBS Sports Radio, Fox Sports Radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and BYU Radio Sports Network. 

Here are links to several of those interviews in case you missed them during the week.

Bronco Mendenhall on Tim Brando Show, CBS Sports Network (Video)

Bronco Mendenhall on Jim Rome Show, CBS Sports Radio  

Taysom Hill on Ferrall on the Bench, CBS Sports Radio

Taysom Hill on Jay Mohr Sports, Fox Sports Radio

Jason Beck on BYU Sports Nation, BYU Radio Sports Network