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Opponent Preview: Northern Arizona & Virginia Tech

Oct 23, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:36 pm | Updated: October 23, 2012 12:38 pm | Permalink

Northern Arizona

Coach: Jack Murphy
2011-12 record: 5-24
Big Sky Conference record: 1-15, 9tn
Postseason: none 
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 2 (2000)


Top Returners
Gabe Roger G 6-2 SR 10.2 ppg 1.3 rpg
Michael Dunn G 6-0 SR 6.8 ppg 3.0 rpg


Virginia Tech

Coach: James Johnson, beginning his first season with Virginia Tech in 2012-13
2011-12 record: 16-17
ACC record: 4-12, 9th
Postseason: none
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 8 (2007)


Top Returners
Erick Green G 6-3 SR 15.6 ppg 3.3 rpg
Jarell Eddie F 6-7 JR 9.1 ppg 4.8 rpg

BYU and Notre Dame, fireside and Knute Rockne

Oct 22, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 6:07 pm | Updated: October 22, 2012 8:58 pm | Permalink

As usual, the BYU football team held a fireside the night before the game between the Cougars and Notre Dame. A local newspaper, Michigan City News Dispatch, covered the event and featured the fireside in detail. You can read about it by selecting the link below. 

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BYU Athletics personnel also spoke at a special Notre Dame function on campus Friday night before the game, BYU associate athletic director Duff Tittle, who oversees athletic communications, spoke to the Notre Dame Smokers, a Knights of Columbus council that supports the Fighting Irish. Tittle spoke on the history of BYU and talked about unique connections between BYU and Notre Dame over the years.

One story was of particular interest:

When BYU played its first season of football in 1922, the sport was relatively new to the western United States. In 1923, physical education director Eugene L. Roberts invited legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne to Utah to run a football coaches clinic. Rockne led the Fighting Irish to back-to-back national championships in 1919 and 1920 and was considered one of the country’s great football minds.

Rockne accepted the invitation and traveled to Provo in the summer of 1923 to conduct the first football coaches clinic in the state of Utah. In order to pay Rockne for his services, BYU hired him as a professor for spring term, which means the legendary coach was actually an adjunct faculty member at BYU for a short time.

On July 16, 1923, Rockne sent a letter to Roberts thanking him for his hospitality during his stay in Utah and letting him know he would grade the final papers for the class “just as soon as I get a few minutes to myself.”

Two years later, while searching for a new head football coach, Roberts communicated with Rockne again, this time to get his opinion about C.J. Hart who he was considering for the job.

On July 12, 1925, Rockne sent a reply letter to Roberts saying that Hart “impresses me very favorably.” Rockne also invited Hart and Roberts to “come down to Notre Dame on August 15 for two weeks,” which of course they accepted.

Of that trip to South Bend, Hart related the following, “Coach Roberts and I went east to attend a coaching clinic. We studied two weeks under the famed coach of Notre Dame, Knute Rockne.” Upon returning to Provo, the two BYU coaches introduced a new style of play so distinct to the conference that it became known as the “Roberts-Hart system.”

Photo caption:
On the steps of the old BYU Academy building, Knute Rockne, famous coach of Notre Dame, was a teacher at the first football coaches school in the state of Utah, organized by Eugene L. Roberts (front row, far left) during the summer of 1923. Rockne is in the center (front row, fourth from right).

Opponent Preview: E. New Mexico & Baylor

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 1:17 pm | Permalink

Eastern New Mexico

Coach: Andrew Helton
2011-12 record: 14-14
Lone Star Conference record: 7-11, 6th South Division
Postseason: none
Notables: Last season, head coach Andrew Helton led the Greyhounds to their second-straight season with double-digit wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season. 


Top Returners
Devone Davis 6-1 G SR 9.0 ppg 3.3 rpg



Coach: Scott Drew
2011-12 record: 30-8
Big 12 record: 12-6, T-3rd
Postseason: NCAA tournament Elite Eight, lost to Kentucky
NCAA tournament appearances (last): 7 (2012) 
Notables: Ranked 18 in the 2012-13 Preseason USA Today coaches poll.


Top Returners
Pierre Jackson
*Big 12 Preseason Player of the Yr
*AP Honorable Mention All-American
G 5-10 SR 13.8 ppg 5.9 apg
Brady Heslip G 6-2 JR 10.3 ppg 1.3 rpg

Post-practice interviews: Oct. 16

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:07 am | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, senior forward Brandon Davies and sophomore guard Tyler Haws spoke with the media following practice on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the fourth official practice of the season. Practice started on Oct. 12.

Dave Rose press conference at BYU Basketball Media Day

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:02 am | Permalink

On Oct. 10, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day. See head coach Dave Rose's press conference and group interviews with several players below.

BYU Basketball Media Day interviews part 3

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:53 am | Updated: October 19, 2012 11:00 am | Permalink

On Oct. 10, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day and conducted interviews with all 15 members of the team. See the last five interviews below.

BYU Basketball Media Day interviews part 2

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:48 am | Updated: October 19, 2012 11:01 am | Permalink

On Oct. 10, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day and conducted interviews with all 15 members of the team. See the second set of five interviews below.

BYU Basketball Media Day interviews part 1

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:44 am | Updated: October 19, 2012 11:01 am | Permalink

On Oct. 10, BYUtv hosted BYU Basketball Media Day and conducted interviews with all 15 members of the team. See the first five interviews below.

More accolades for Van Noy; named to 2012 Midseason All-America Second Team

Oct 17, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 10:40 am | Permalink

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy continues to pull in midseason honors, this time named to the 2012 Midseason All-America Second Team.

Van Noy, a junior, has already been named to several watch lists including the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik Awards along with Phil Steele and Midseason All-America Second Teams. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder from Reno, Nev. has 7.5 sacks to lead BYU and comes in tied at No. 4 in the nation. He also has 11.5 tackles for loss (T-No. 11 nationally) and has three forced fumbles (T-No. 4).

Always causing trouble in the backfield, over 44 percent of Van Noy's season tackles are behind the line of scrimmage. He has 26 total tackles and adds eight quarterback hurries and five pass breakups.'s 2012 Midseason All-America Teams

Joshua Weeks honored as NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete

Oct 16, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:37 pm | Updated: October 16, 2012 3:40 pm | Permalink

DALLAS - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the five winners of the 2012 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards with each recipient selected as the best of the best from their region of the country at the high school level. Joshua Weeks, who signed a national letter of intent with BYU in 2012, is among the five winners who are being recognized solely for their previous accomplishments in high school. 

"The NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards honor the absolute finest from the gridiron at the high school level," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The accomplishments of this year's five honorees clearly place them among the most elite student-athletes in the country. Their contributions both on and off the field set the standard for their peers to follow, and we are extremely proud to highlight their accomplishments on our national stage."

Selected from the 450,000 high school football players covered by the NFF Chapter Network, the five scholar-athletes will be honored for their high school accomplishments during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon presented by Under Armour Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and leadership in the community.

West Region
Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter

An extremely productive performer in high school, Weeks earned four letters at Show Low High School while seeing playing time as a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He was three times named an All-State and Max Preps All-American honoree. Weeks participated in the inaugural Semper Fi All-American Bowl in 2011. With career marks of 187 receptions for 3,851 yards and 46 touchdowns, Weeks set multiple state records. He also set Arizona Class AAA single-season records in 2010 by posting 1,561 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.

Weeks recorded a 4.0 GPA with numerous AP and honors courses, which placed him in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. He was a member of Show Low’s Principal 4.0 Honor Roll every semester of his high school career. A National Honor Society member, Weeks was named an All-American in football by the Arizona Coaches Association and the United Dairy Council of Arizona for his academic, personal and athletic excellence.

A Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, Weeks was a member of Student Council and a Pride Leader. He was a four-year letterman in basketball, where he earned Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention accolades. As a member of the track and field team he set school records in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. He served as a three-year mentor at a camp for developmentally disabled adults and served as a scholastic mentor for fellow students. Weeks presently attends Brigham Young University.

For more information, see the complete release.