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Q&A with Nate Austin

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:08 pm | Permalink

Why did you choose to come to BYU?

It was a dream come true to play here, more than anything. I grew up going to all the football games. Before I committed here I was probably a bigger BYU football fan than I was a BYU basketball fan. It’s still probably pretty close. It’s always been a dream of mine, so when BYU offered, it was a done deal.

What’s the best thing about Coach Rose?

He’s very passionate about the game. Big competitor. He’ll do whatever it takes to win. He and the other coaches obviously spend tons of time making the scouting reports. He’s just really passionate and wants to win.

If you could do one thing extremely well, besides basketball, what would that be?

I think it would be cool to do the eating contests, like the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contests. I don’t know how those guys just pound it down, but I think that would be fun to do.

When did you start playing basketball?

I’ve played basically all my life. I had a Little Tikes hoop when I was about three or four years old and I would shoot around with my little brother. I guess as I grew up, like literally, as I got taller I thought this must be the sport for me. I’ve always loved playing football, but my body was built to play basketball and that’s fine with me. I love this sport.

If you had to play a different position, what would you play?

I like where I play. I like playing power forward more, being able to play with your back to the basket or stepping outside and shooting. I think that’s perfect for me. I’m not a typical center where you just play back-to-the-basket the whole time. I like to take the outside shot sometimes, too.

Who’s been the most influential person in your life?

My parents. They’ve always been there for me, always given me advice and I can talk to them about anything.

What’s something unique about you that people don’t know?

I love the series 24. This offseason, with my shoulder recovering, I watched 6 seasons of the show and just finished the eighth season a couple weeks ago. Once I finished it was like a piece of me was gone. I don’t have anything to watch on Netflix anymore.

If you could meet anybody from history, who would it be?

Probably Kevin Garnett. He’s my favorite basketball player. I love his game, I love how hard he plays. He works hard on both sides of the floor, so I try to shape my game after his a little bit.

Omaha Day 1

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:12 am | Updated: December 6, 2012 11:14 am | Permalink

After an evening of travel with lots of airplane turbulence, the BYU women's volleyball team landed safely in Omaha, Neb. They checked into their hotel, right by the CenturyLink Center, where they will play against Oregon Friday at 4 p.m. CST. 

Tyler Haws on Mormon Times

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:22 pm | Permalink

BYU sophomore guard Tyler Haws was recently featured on Mormon Times. Haws talks about his decision a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what he learned from his experience and the current BYU basketball team. Mormon Times also included some interview extras.

The feature is a follow up of sorts to 'A Work in Progress,' a feature produced by the Church that focused on Haws's preparation to serve a mission.

BYUtv to rebroadcast last night's women's basketball game between BYU and Utah State at 7 p.m.

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 12:51 pm | Updated: December 5, 2012 1:11 pm | Permalink

BYUtv will air a special encore of the USU vs. BYU women’s basketball played in Provo Tuesday night at 7 p.m., tonight. 

The rebroadcast will replace BYUtv's scheduled live men's basketball game between BYU and the Aggies that was supposed to be played tonight at the Marriott Center.

Athletics officials from BYU and Utah State determined that tonight's men's basketball game between the two universities will be postponed due to the serious medical condition of USU student-athlete Danny Berger that occurred during practice on Tuesday.

The game will be preceded at the top and again at halftime by a short introduction featuring Dave McCann explaining the game postponement circumstances and extending well-wishes to Danny, his family, teammates, and USU fans.

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 12/4

Dec 05, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:52 am | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose and player Cory Calvert were live at Legends Grille Tuesday night on the weekly KSL Radio Coach's Show. 

Rose began the show previewing the upcoming week with two instate rivals and offering his sympathy for Utah State's Danny Berger who collapsed at practice on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's really sad when you hear about something like this happening to someone so young. I can't imagine. I feel for the staff, the players and Danny's family. All we can do now is just wait to see what happens and hope for the best.

"It seems sort of trivial to be talking about playing a game under the circumstances but this is a growing time for our team and a time for us to get better. We're still looking to make progress this season. Our guys have a lot of will to prove and practice the last few days have shown that. They've worked hard."

A continuing series with Utah and Utah State was talked about and also the challenges BYU has faced playing on the road this season. 

"We need to become more diverse as a team so we can attack the issues we're having and become more consistent. I thought, of those tough road games we've had, we actually competed well against Notre Dame and had a good chance to win, but those other two just got away from us."

When freshman Calvert joined the show, Rose talked about the first time he met Calvert play and how he came to play at BYU. 

"It was such a great honor to get invited to play here," Calvert said. "When I got the offer I accepted right away."

The show finished up with a short Q&A session from fan questions with Rose.

Listen to the full audio on and don't miss Coach Rose at Legends Grille next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST.

Q&A with Ian Harward

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:46 pm | Permalink
What’s your favorite thing about BYU and why did you come here?
I love the environment and I love the feeling here. I love all the focus on religion and things that are spiritual. 
What’s the best thing about Coach Rose?
His overall desire to win. It shows from when he is talking to us as a team and when he is coaching us. He is very passionate about us doing the things that he and the other coaches have set up for us to do. 
What’s something fans may not know about you?
I play the piano and have been playing for about eight years now. One little known fact is that I enjoy singing and I sang choir throughout high school.
When did you start playing basketball?
I started playing basketball probably when I was in third or fourth grade because I was always taller than everyone else. 
If you could play a different position, what would you play?
I would be a shooting guard; they just run around off screens and just throw shots up.
Who’s been the most influential person in your life?
My parents. They helped me and lead me and guided me into person that I am today; specifically those careful nudges that they gave me growing up.
Who’s the funniest person on the team?
Brandon is a goofball; he is just the funniest kid. When he gets on a rant and when he is laughing, he is a funny kid. 
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would really like to meet my ancestors to see what led them to make the decisions they made to put me where I am at today. 
What’s your favorite movie?
My family and I are big Lord of the Rings fans and we love those movies and are excited for The Hobbit to come out.

Haws's hot start featured in Sports Illustrated

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:27 pm | Updated: December 4, 2012 2:28 pm | Permalink

The Dec. 3, 2012, issue of Sports Illustrated includes a section titled 'You're Just What We're Looking For (check it out on page 32).' It is described in the following way in the magazine: "Help Wanted: Many teams entered the season with open positions ranging from the point to the paint. It's still early, but these players have answered the call and shown they're up to the job."

Tyler Haws is one of 10 players featured in the section and is described as 'A latter-day Jimmer.' The blurb on Haws discusses how he is in great shape despite having recently served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It then takes a stat straight out of the BYU basketball game notes, mentioning that Haws is only the second Cougar to start a season with six-consecutive 20-point games. See the graphic below.

Brock Zylstra on True Blue, Dec. 3, 2012

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:16 am | Permalink

Senior guard Brock Zylstra appeared on BYUtv's True Blue yesterday to discuss 3-point shooting, the team and this week's home games with Utah State and Utah.

ESPN3 to carry NFF Annual Awards Dinner and Press Conference on Tuesday

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 7:40 pm | Updated: December 3, 2012 7:44 pm | Permalink

Fans will be able to watch the induction of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class including BYU's Ty Detmer and the announcement of the 23rd winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.


NEW YORK, Dec. 3 2012 - The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today that ESPN3 will carry live the two main events associated with the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place December 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. 

Viewers will be able to watch the morning press conference, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET, and then at 8:00 p.m. ET, fans can view the entire ceremony, which includes the induction of the College Football Hall of Fame Class; the awarding of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; the announcement of the winner of the 23rd William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth; and the bestowing of the NFF Major Awards. See below for a detailed timeline of events and the honorees.

Click for the direct link to watch the press conference from 9 a.m. to Noon ET. 

Click for the direct link to watch the evening ceremony from 8 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET

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Additionally, the events can be found live on the Official NFF mobile and tablet applications. The apps can be downloaded by searching "National Football Foundation" in the iTunes App Store or Android Market. 


55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Timeline

(All Times Eastern and Approximate)

  • 8:00 p.m. - Welcome by ESPN studio host and NFF Dinner Emcee Rece Davis
  • 8:02 p.m. - Presentation of the Legacy Awards to Eric Long, Burke Magnus and Craig Silver
  • 8:05 p.m. - Introduction of the college coaches in attendance
  • 8:10 p.m. - Chris Schenkel Award presented posthumously to the late Bob Barry, Sr.
  • 8:14 p.m. - John L. Toner Award presented to Mal Moore
  • 8:27 p.m. - The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments
  • 8:58 p.m. - The 23rd William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth
  • 9:05 p.m. - The Distinguished American Award presented to George Bodenheimer
  • 9:09 p.m. - The NFF Gold Medal presented to Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.
  • 9:15 p.m. - The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class
  • 9:50 p.m. - Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony
  • 9:55 p.m. - Closing Remarks and God Bless America


NFF Annual Awards Press Conference Timeline

(All Times Eastern)

  • 9:00 a.m. - NFF Major Award Winners
  • 9:30 a.m. - Hall of Fame Class
  • 10: 20 a.m. - Break for one-on-one interviews
  • 10:40 a.m. - Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Finalists Announcement
  • 10:50 a.m. - NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments
  • 11:15 a.m. - Break for one-on-one interviews


Nationally acclaimed ESPN studio host Rece Davis will emcee the dinner ceremony while longtime Texas sports information director Bill Little will moderate the morning press conference. The honorees include: 

The 2012 College Football Hall of Famers: Charles Alexander of LSU, Otis Armstrong of Purdue, Steve Bartkowski of California, Hal Bedsole of Southern California, Dave Casper of Notre Dame, Ty Detmer of BYU, Tommy Kramer of Rice, Art Monk of Syracuse, Greg Myers of Colorado State, Jonathan Ogden of UCLA, Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech, Mark Simoneau of Kansas State, Scott Thomas of Air Force, John Wooten of Colorado and coaches Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee, Jimmy Johnson of Oklahoma State, Miami Fla., and R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M. 

The 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class and Campbell Trophy Finalists: Matt Barkley of Southern California, Rex Burkhead of Nebraska, Cody Davis of Texas Tech, Nick Driskill of Mount Union (Ohio), Nick Florence of Baylor, Nabal Jefferson of Northern Illinois, Barrett Jones of Alabama, Aaron Mullane of West Texas A&M, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse, Nolan Nearhoff of Robert Morris, Ethan Peterson of MIT, Sean Renfree of Duke, Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, Patrick Ward of Northwestern and Shane Zackery of Saint Xavier (Ill.). 

2012 NFF Major Award Winners: Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., NFF Gold Medal winner, ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, NFF Distinguished American Award winner, Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore, winner of the NFF John L. Toner Award for superior abilities in athletics administration, and Bob Barry, Sr., winner of the Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting.

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 12/2

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:26 pm | Updated: December 3, 2012 3:59 pm | Permalink

In BYU head coach Dave Rose's first Coach's Show on KSL 5 TV he opened with giving a review of how the season has gone so far. The Cougars are eight games into the 2012-13 year and have a 5-3 record.

"This team is trying to find some consistency right now," Rose said. "We've played some really great games and made progress but there's still room for improvement. I think each guy can find something they can do to help the team."

In the "Game Recap" segment, Rose broke down BYU's performance against Montana when the Cougars came away with an 85-60 victory. Rose highlighted Davies' performance who finished with his second double-double of the year with 21 points and 10 rebounds. 

"Montana was a tough opponent for us who could shoot from everywhere but I thought the boys played well."

Rose continued by talking about how Davies and Tyler Haws have been the team's main offensive weapons so far this year but that the coaches are looking for other players to step up. Josh Sharp was highlighted as a player who has improved his game this season. 

The rest of the show was spent talking about BYU's most recent game against Iowa State and breaking down BYU's "big guys" and how they're such an important part of the offense. 

Rose finished by talking about the West Coast Conference, what they're looking forward to and previewing Utah State, BYU's next opponent. 

"This season is going to be really competitive in the WCC. I think it'll be as competitive as it has ever been as I look at how well the other schools are doing and the teams they're beating."

View the full show on and don't miss next week's show on Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.