BYU Athletics Blog

Journey into the unknown

Dec 28, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:01 pm | Updated: December 28, 2011 6:03 pm | Permalink

With the nonconference season nearly complete (a visit to Virginia Tech on Jan. 25 is the Cougars’ final nonconference game), BYU basketball will open conference play on Thursday at Saint Mary's at 8 p.m. PST on ESPN. While conference play is a normal part of every team’s season, it will be anything but normal for BYU as the Cougars are in their first season as members of the West Coast Conference.

The Cougars had grown accustomed to playing schools such as Wyoming, Air Force, Utah, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, TCU and Colorado State twice a year while members of the Mountain West Conference. And BYU was rather comfortable in that league, posting a conference record of 126-54 (.700) from 1999 to 2011, winning six regular season titles and finishing second or better in all but three seasons.

BYU in the MWC
Season W L Place
1999-00 7 7 6th
2000-01 10 4 T1st
2001-02 7 7 T4th
2002-03 11 3 T1st
2003-04 10 4 2nd
2004-05 3 11 T7th
2005-06 12 4 T2nd
2006-07 13 3 1st
2007-08 14 2 1st
2008-09 12 4 T1st
2009-10 13 3 2nd
2010-11 14 2 T1st
Total 126 54  

Now the Cougars will get to know conference foes such as Saint Mary’s, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Gonzaga, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara. While BYU is new to the league, not everything will be foreign. Dave Rose-coached teams have played six of the eight new conference foes and have gone 9-1 with the only loss coming in Rose’s debut as a Division I head coach. As an assistant on Steve Cleveland’s staff, Rose coached against San Diego and Santa Clara to give him experience against every program in the league.

BYU vs. the WCC
Opponent All-time (Rose vs.)
Gonzaga 1-1 (1-0)
Loyola Marymount 2-1 (1-1)
Pepperdine 4-4 (2-0)
Portland 5-0 (3-0)
St. Mary’s 8-2 (1-0)
San Diego 2-0 (0-0)
San Francisco 5-5 (1-0)
Santa Clara 15-5 (0-0)
Total 42-18 (9-1)

Visiting Cook Children's Hospital

Dec 28, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:21 pm | Updated: December 28, 2011 5:42 pm | Permalink
Taking a break from the field and game preparation, players from BYU and Tulsa visited Cook Children’s Hospital to visit some young patients and their families.
Several children in the hospital and their families, including patients with cancer, recovering from surgeries or other illnesses were thrilled to get personal visits from the team as well as BYU’s cheerleaders and Cosmo.
Players had a few hours of free time and several made the trip out to the hospital to spend their time with the kids.
"Coming to the hospital definitely helped set focus on what is most important and what we are trying to do," tight end Austin Holt said. "It means a lot to come out here and visit these kids that are sick or recovering. You don't have many opportunities to do that so it has definitely been a cool experience."
The children got to spend an hour or so chatting and taking pictures with players. Most of the kids even received gifts from the players as late Christmas presents of sort, including stuffed animals, posters and backpacks.
A visit like this one and other service opportunities often are the highlight for players during the many activities they get to do during the bowl week.

BYU Anxious To Get Back On The Field

Dec 28, 2011 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 4:59 pm | Updated: December 28, 2011 9:54 pm | Permalink
On a breezy, crisp afternoon, the BYU football team took to the field at Burleson Centennial High School for their last official practice in preparation for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
BYU used up the afternoon with mostly team sessions, doing plenty of live work to get tuned up. The Cougars will conduct a final walk-through Thursday afternoon before facing Tulsa on Friday.
“The team has been consistent. The team has prepared really well, played well and practiced well, nothing really has changed,” head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “We are playing a good opponent and one that is a great matchup. In terms of our preparation I’m very comfortable.”
The staple of BYU’s teams over the years have been high-powered offenses but this year’s team features one of its stingiest defenses in recent years. The Cougars are ranked No. 16 total defense along with the No. 8 pass efficiency defense, No. 21 rushing defense and No. 23 scoring defense. That defense will face a difficult test against a Tulsa team with explosive offense that ranks in the top 25 in several categories as well.
With a similar opponent and having an opportunity to win 10 games for the fourth time in ten years, BYU is anxious to get back onto the field for one more game.
“Everyone is really focused and really dialed in and ready to play,” linebacker Brandon Ogletree said. “I think the vibe from the team is we are really anxious to play. We know Tulsa is hungry and we are hungry too.”
Ogletree, a Texas native, has enjoyed being able to play close to home once again this year, closing out the season in his home state.
“This bowl has been awesome and top notch,” Ogletree said. “The atmosphere in Texas has been great and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. There is a lot of things you can do here you can’t in Provo.”
Former BYU wide receiver Margin Hooks was also visiting practice, offering words of wisdom for the current wide receivers. Hooks is from Waco, Texas and finished his BYU career with 189 receptions for 2,841 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hooks is fourth in career-receiving yards at BYU.
The Cougars will continue to enjoy more bowl game activities and conduct a walk-through practice on Thursday before kickoff on Friday, December 30.

BYU vs. Cal State San Marcos Audio on KSL

Dec 28, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:57 pm | Updated: January 3, 2012 3:21 pm | Permalink

Use the links below to listen to Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant call the Cal State San Marcos game on KSL.

Pregame Show

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half


BYU vs. UC Santa Barbara Audio on KSL

Dec 24, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:57 am | Permalink

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

Pregame Show

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half


Jimmer in the preseason

Dec 21, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:36 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette and the Sacramento Kings completed their preseason play last night with a win over Golden State. In the first game, Fredette posted a team-high 21 points while shooting 7 of 11 from the field and 4 of 6 from three. He also added four rebounds, four assists and one steal. Fredette followed that with a 12-point, four-assists and three-rebound effort off the bench in the second game.

Sacramento's Preseason Highlights

Golden State 107, Sacramento 96
Sacramento 95, Golden State 91

BYU vs. Buffalo Audio on KSL

Dec 21, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:45 pm | Updated: December 24, 2011 10:58 am | Permalink

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

Pregame Show

1st Half

Halftime Show

2nd Half


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.