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Feature on Brandon Davies

Feb 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:40 am | Permalink

Senior Brandon Davies was recently featured on BYUtv's True Blue. See the video below. 

Davies has become one of BYU's most successful big men. He is BYU's most recent addition to the 1,000-point club with 1,539 career points to place him 12th all-time and is also 12th all-time on BYU's career double-double list with 21. His career rebounds of 768 place him 11th on the all-time list.

Video: Hutchins and Minson jersey retirement

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:05 pm | Permalink

BYU legends Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson joined Danny Ainge and Kresimir Cosic as the only BYU men’s basketball players to have their jerseys retired during halftime of Saturday’s 86-72 win over Portland.

BYUtv highlighted the 1951 NIT National Championship team, of which Hutchins and Minson were members, with a video tribute. 

The halftime ceremony was aired live on BYUtv and included remarks from the two former players, a letter from Elder Jeffery R. Holland and words from athletic director Tom Holmoe. 

See both videos below.

Also visit the BYUtv sports YouTube page to see the videos about Minson and Hutchins, and more about BYU athletics.

 

BYU Coach's Show: Monday 2/18

Feb 19, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:15 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose began his weekly radio show with a recap of last week's one-game week and how the team made it work in their favor to get an 86-74 win on Saturday against Portland. 

"When you get the schedule for the year you have to just make the best with it and, at first, we were worried about back-to-back bye weeks. But now it's looking like a good thing for our team to regroup. I know the guys are definitely looking forward to this week over last week - the guys love playing games. For us coaches, though, there's just so much you can accomplish on bye weeks."

Coming up this week for BYU is a game on Tuesday at home against Utah State, rescheduled from earlier in the season, and on the road on Thursday against Saint Mary's. Previewing the week coach Rose said, obviously, for Tuesday the most important thing is that player Danny Berger was able to recover and now the teams will prepare to play each other. A big thing for Thursday's game will be how well the team can regroup and practice on Wednesday with a quick turnaround to play on the road. 

Later in the show, Brandon Davies joined coach Rose to talk about how the season is shaping up for him. Davies said he believes in this team and what they can do. Before leaving the show, Davies answered some fan questions. 

"It's a really important time for Brandon right now - he knows how teams are playing him and he's learning to adjust. The coaches realy like his approach and what he's able to do. It's his responsibility to make plays for us."

To wrap up the show, Rose also answered questions submitted by fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose live from Legends Grille on BYU campus every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/17

Feb 18, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:37 pm | Updated: February 18, 2013 9:39 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, head coach Dave Rose kicked off his weekly show with a full recap of last week's action against Portland. The Cougars had just one game last week, on Saturday, against Portland in the Marriott Center. BYU won 86-72.

"We had a long week, which was nice, and played really well. I think our guys were very dialed in on the challenge we gave them to come and compete together as a group. Everyone has different ideas of how to fix things but we needed to do it together, and I'm happy with how that happened on Saturday."

BYU's ability to play as a team was highlighted by coach Rose. Brandon Davies's performance against the Pilots was also highlighted. 

"One of our major themes on offense was to share the ball, and I think that even transitioned over to the defensive side. I'm happy to see the guys come out with the emphasis of playing together. It's great to see Brandon getting the points he deserves out there."

The jersey retirement of Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson was talked about, and coach Rose said the two former players spent a few minutes before the game in the locker room talking to the players.

Later in the show, coach Rose talked about the team's strategy for getting a basket off in-bounds plays. And to finish the show, coach Rose talked about how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up and previewed BYU's upcoming week with games against Utah State and Saint Mary's.

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.

BYU Coach's Show: Monday 2/11

Feb 12, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:10 pm | Permalink

Live from Legends Grille on BYU campus, head coach Dave Rose started his radio show talking about how the team is reacting to losing twice last week in back-to-back games, what they're doing to get back their spirit and where the team goes from here. The Cougars fell on the road to San Diego and at home to San Francisco.

"I think the guys are a little bit down and disappointed. We'll have a long week to get prepared for Saturday's game so that's good. These guys are tough and we'll bounce back, they'll find their spirit. A lot of things we're having issues with our coaching things - effort is not lacking in this team. We, as coaches, just need to adjust."

As the team prepares for their final five games, coach Rose said the team is going to try and use their long weeks to get ready to take on some of the best in the West Coast Conference.

"Looking at our schedule, we know things can change pretty quick if we just get back in this. We're still in a good place. It'll be our challenge to get the guys we rely on some help in the next couple games."

Later in the show, coach Rose mentioned briefly the team's chances for postseason action and what they need to do to get back in it.

"I think we're in a tough situation if we don't win that conference tournament, honestly. We'll be looking to win that tournament but, like every year, it's a challenge. The team that's leading this league though is so good. There's a lot of basketball to still play."

Matt Carlino joined the show towards the end to talk about how he thinks the team is doing and his experience with BYU so far . Carlino also answered some fan questions before he left.

Coach Rose finished the show talking about the WCC and by answering some questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose next Monday at 7 p.m. MST on KSL Radio, live from Legends Grille. 

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 2/10

Feb 11, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:07 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, BYU head coach Dave Rose started his weekly show with a recap of last week's games. BYU fell 74-68 to San Diego on the road and lost at home to San Francisco 99-87.

"I really believe our guys gave a great effort last week - we got stung by teams who were ready for us. We had beaten both of them the first time around but they were ready. I thought we were prepared for both games and had a good game plan, but we just didn't execute."

Against San Diego, coach Rose highlighted the play of Tyler Haws who finished with 27 points to lead all players and Brandon Davies who recorded his fourth-straight double-double on 20 points and 10 rebounds. 

At home against the Dons, coach Rose said he was proud of how much help the bench offered, especially early. Brock Zylstra's performance was also highlighted against San Francisco, finishing with a season-high 18 points.

"Weeks like this are how you realize where you're at with your team. We'll see how we pull together and get back in it."

Later in the show, coach Rose talked about BYU's strategy for breaking a press defense. Rose said because his team likes to be quick on offense, a lot of teams try to use a backcourt press to slow them down but it ends up a lot of times allowing more fast break points.

Coach Rose finished the show talking about what's coming up next for BYU and hwo the other West Coast Conference teams are doing.

Watch the entire show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose live on KSL 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST.

 

UP CLOSE with Sarah Yingling

Feb 08, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 5:22 pm | Updated: February 12, 2013 1:04 pm | Permalink

When asked where she would like to go if she had a time machine, junior distance runner Sarah Yingling said she would make her way back to the 50's. 

"Seriously," she said. "I just think I would love it. It's my style in everything: music, clothes and just life. I would even go to the Regency Period, like the time frame of Pride and Prejudice. I think it would be fun to try out that life style and those dresses."

She also said her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter 7: Part 2, and the Grinch. It seems there are too many good movies out there to narrow it down to one.

To find out more fun facts most people do not know about Sarah, keep on reading...

Height- 5-11

Hometown- Alpine, Utah

Major- Exercise and Wellness

Track and field events- 800m, 1500m and the mile

Mission- Argentina, Buenos Aires West

Reason for attending BYU...

"I wanted to be surrounded by top-notch people who could push me and because it is close to home."

Hardest part about returning from the mission...

"Running fast for a long time!"

Best part of being on the BYU track and field team...

"I like having a huge support group to help me excel in something I love to do. It's also given me an instant group of 20+ friends."

Best place to eat in Provo...

"Mama Chu's or La Jolla Grove."

Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight...

"Not even a question: Harry Potter."

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"I want to be a mother and help someone change their life."

Favorite BYU sport other than track and field...

"Volleyball, women's soccer or basketball."

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show... 

"Is that your sub-zero chillerator running? Well then, you'd better go catch it!" -Jim Carrey in the Grinch

Hidden Talent...

"I play violin."

Favorite pro sports team...

"The Jazz, mostly because I don't pay enough attention to really know anything about any other team."

Best sport you play/played other than track and field...

"Probably volleyball, but I'm not all that great at that either."

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

"I seriously couldn't pick one."

If you could add one thing to the BYU campus, what would it be...

"A hotub or a sauna, but in all seriousness I have no clue, because BYU seems to have everything important. Seriously."

Favorite musical artist/band...

"I don't really have one, but I do like Julieta Venegas."

Gatorade, PowerAde or Vitamin Water...

"Powerade fo' sho'."

Most embarrassing moment...

"It's too embarrassing to mention. Seriously."

Favorite inspirational quote...

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." - Juma Ikangaa

February Baseball Blog

Feb 08, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:25 am | Updated: February 8, 2013 1:43 pm | Permalink

February is time for the season to begin and it is also the month of letter of intent signings for football and soccer.  BYU baseball has two items of note in regard to football.

Many are aware of freshman outfielder Jacob Hannemann who redshirted this past football season.  Hannemann says he will dedicate February to baseball, but will be dividing his time between the two sports in March.

One former player who once signed a football letter of intent with BYU is McKay Christensen, who inked with the Cougars in February of 1994. Months later, he signed with the Anaheim Angels as their No. 1 draft prior to serving a mission to Japan. Following his mission, he had a four-year Major League career with the White Sox, Dodgers and Mets.

Christensen was among the motivational speakers for BYU baseball players in coach Mike Littlewood’s Personal Development series.  Among other motivational speakers in that series were former BYU Athletics Director and baseball coach Glen Tuckett and former Cougar pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie is starting his 10th-year in the Major League, now with the Royals.

Taking off soon for spring training along with Guthrie are former BYU third baseman Steve Parker and Marcus Littlewood, the son of Coach Littlewood, both of whom have been working out alongside the Cougars in the Indoor Practice Facility.

BYU’s baseball team cancelled going to St. George this weekend because of potential rain/weather problems.  Last weekend in their second trip to St. George for practices, the Cougars played 23 innings in a 24-hour period.

Adam Law, who is switching from the middle infield to anchoring third base in the lineup, is one player who continues to take extra batting practice.  Early mornings in the batting cages at Miller Park, Law takes batting practice from his grandpa Vernon Law, the 1960 Cy Young winner for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The 82-year-old Law often throws over 100 pitches from a bucket of balls to his grandson.

BYU’s baseball team wears a shirt with the theme “Be in the Fight,” printed on the back.  Those words are taken from the Marcus Luttrell book Lone Survivor, which the team has read.  Coach Littlewood explains to his team that he always wants them to be in the fight during games.

Game-time for the April 8 contests against Washington State in Provo was recently changed from 3 p.m., to 10 a.m., due to airline reservations.  The Red Cougars play at Utah in a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series prior to the Monday game with the Blue Cougars.

Since last month’s blog, utility man Morgan Flinders has received his mission call to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Speaking of foreign countries, BYU pitching coach Jeremy Thomas made his fifth trip to China the end of last year for his "other job." In addition to coaching baseball, Thomas is a consultant/partner for Steton Technology Group.

Another development since last month was the acceptance of left-handed senior pitcher Daniel Welch to the BYU Marriott School of Management.  Past BYU baseball players who have been accepted to the Marriott School include David Parry, J.T. Musso, Michael Bowen, Leon Johnson and Daniel Sechrest.

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 2/5

Feb 06, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 7:15 pm | Permalink

Live from Legends Grille, BYU head coach Dave Rose started his weekly show giving a recap of last week's games against Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

"It was a great week for our guys - we got a great win Thursday on the road and another good one on Saturday. After our Thursday games it's always a late flight afterwards to get back home or get back to where we play next on Saturday."

Matt Carlino is averaging nearly 17 points per game in WCC action. Coach Rose highlighted his play and talked about how he's been able to be so good. 

"He's been playing really week the last couple weeks, as far as running our team and being comfortable in our defensive system. He can get us some easy transition baskets and be back on defense for another steal. He put some un-due pressure on himself early in the season and he tried to force a few things. Now I think he's letting the game come to him more and he's way more confident in his ability to get baskets for us."

Later on in the show, coach Rose previewed BYU's upcoming games against San Diego and San Francisco. 

"We know our guys will be ready when we tell them they need to be ready."

Assistant coach Tim LaComb joined the show mid-way through just as sophomore Nate Austin did. 

Austin talked about how he thinks the season is shaping up for him and answered a few questions from fans. LaComb gave a review of Austin's play and what he brings to the team, saying Austin has improved a lot with his post moves. 

To finish the show, coach LaComb also answered questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss coach Rose live from Legends Grille on BYU campus at 7 p.m. MST every Tuesday night.

UP CLOSE with Andrea Nelson Harrison

Feb 05, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 1:47 pm | Updated: February 5, 2013 1:53 pm | Permalink

Class- Junior

Height- 5' 6"

Hometown- Spokane, Washington

Major- Social science teaching; minor in physical education and coaching

Track and field events-  Indoor: 3K, 5K; Outdoor: Steeple chase

Reason for attending BYU...

"Many of my family members have gone to BYU, and I've wanted to go ever since I can remember. I wanted to run for BYU because I thought it was so cool my brother Rich Nelson did!"

Favorite movie...

"Stardust. It's weird, but I LOVE it!"

Best place to eat in Provo...

"My husband and I always love a good trip to JCW's."

Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight... 

"Harry Potter by sooooo far!"

If you could do anything in 10 years it would be...

"Have a big family!"

Favorite BYU sport other than track and field...

"Men's Basketball."

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"Kathryn Vidmar. We have the same sense of humor, so we always know how to make one another laugh! Natalie Shields and Laura Young’s Alpaca/Llama Facebook posts always get me too."

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

“Fact. Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.” –Jim Halpert, the Office

Hidden Talent...

"Piano and Guitar."

Favorite pro sports team...

"Seattle Mariners. Some day they will actually have a good team, and I will have been a loyal fan the whole time!"

Best sport you play/played other than track and field...

"Soccer."

If you had a time machine, when/where would you go and why...

"Sometime during WWII. I think it would be interesting to see what was going on in the United States as everyone joined the war cause!"

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

"Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall." 

If you could add one thing to the BYU campus, what would it be...

"Escalators, those stairs heading down to the Smith Fieldhouse kill me!"

Favorite musical artist/band: 

"Jimmy Eat World and Mute Math."

Most embarrassing moment...

"One time my skirt got ripped off by a handcart wheel on the stake trek. The second councilor of the stake presidency had to hand it back to me. My dad then tied it around his waist cause he ripped his pants open." 

Favorite inspirational quote...

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." –Steve Prefontaine