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Jimmer Hitting from Deep

Jul 19, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:17 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette is hosting a camp in Lehi this week and BYUtv was on-hand to film him giving his campers a show. He hit three shots from half court and beyond.

Media Day 2011: Highlights

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:59 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 7:07 pm | Permalink

BYU Football Media Day 2011 has officially come to a close. Here are a few highlights from the day. Thanks everyone for reading the blogs, watching videos and following us on Twitter.

BYU Football Media Day Highlights

  • Learned football coach Bronco Mendenhall signed a three-year contract extension through the 2013 season.

  • The ESPN family of networks will air at least 10 BYU regular season football games in 2011.

  • Nearly 60 members of the media attended Football Media Day, including Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com, Brett McMurphy from CBSSports.com and Vicki Michaelis from USA Today.

  • ESPN was represented at Football Media Day by analyst Trevor Matich, reporter Holly Rowe, vice president Dave Brown and coordinating producer Mikel Minor.

  • BYUtv conducted 11 live chats — including thee in Spanish — and produced three hour-long shows for Media Day. Two of the shows were also simulcast live on ESPN3.

  • BYUtv’s  hour-long Legend’s Roundtable featured Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer, ESPN’s Trevor Matich, Super Bowl MVP Steve Young, College Football Hall of Fame Coach LaVell Edwards and NFL linebacker Bryan Kehl. Sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps and senior offensive lineman and Outland Trophy candidate Matt Reynolds also participated in the roundtable.

  • BYU football was featured on ESPN College Football Live, including interviews with Bronco Mendenhall and Steve Young.

  • KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, 1320 KFAN, 1280 KZNS and ESPN 700 all broadcast live from the BYU Broadcast Building on Media Day.

  • All Media Day programming on BYUtv was simulcast on BYU Radio and Sirius XM.

  • Bronco Mendenhall, Jake Heaps and Uona Kaveinga were interviewed by Holly and Rowe and Trevor Matich for ESPNU.

  • Jakes Heaps participated in an ESPNU College Football podcast.

  • The first day after the BYUCougars.com relaunch, people from 43 countries visited the site. That number increased to 105 before Media Day.

  • BYU Athletic Communications and Marketing posted 37 blogs and 42 videos

Media Day 2011: Jennifer Rockwood Video

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:58 pm | Permalink

Women's soccer coach Jennifer Rockwood at Football Media Day discussing the move to the West Coast Conference.

Media Day 2011: Bryan Kehl

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:46 pm | Permalink

Former Cougar and current NFL linebacker Bryan Kehl at BYU Football Media Day.

Media Day 2011: Jeff Call

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:36 pm | Permalink

Jeff Call of the Deseret News discusses BYU Football Media Day.

Media Day 2011: Greg Wrubell Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 6:19 pm | Permalink

KSL's Greg Wrubell discusses media day, BYU's independence and BYU basketball.

Media Day 2011: Jamie Zaninovich Video

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:49 pm | Permalink

West Coast Conference commissioner talks about his reaction to Media Day and the addition of BYU to the WCC.

Media Day 2011: Behind the Scenes with BYU Athletic Communications

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Ashlyn Hewlett at 5:48 pm | Updated: August 2, 2011 11:32 am | Permalink

With the completion of 2011 BYU Football Media Day, we went behind the scenes with members of the Athletic Communications staff to talk about Media Day and the preparation that went into making this day a success.

Duff Tittle, associate athletic director for communications, talks about how the idea of Media Day came about.

“When we decided to go independent, that meant that we wouldn't have the opportunity to have a conference media day, so we decided to dream of what a media day would be if we had our own and that led to us coming to BYUtv.  We had lots and lots of meetings and we spent hundreds of hours between our staff and the staff at BYUtv.”

Brett Pyne, the director of media relations for BYU football, commented on the preparation that has gone into planning Media Day.

“There has been a lot of work that has gone into producing this media day. This has been something that we have been planning for months and it’s not something that just came together recently because we just wanted to announce something. It’s basically a day where we provide media members an opportunity to have access to our program and to get content they can use.”

Media Day was also a debut of the collaboration between Athletic Communications and BYU Broadcasting, a duo that will be working together often with the announcement of independence.

“It takes a huge team effort to pull off an event like this and I thought the folks at BYU broadcasting and BYUtv were just unbelievable,” Tittle said. “We did things today that were pretty groundbreaking and things that people typically don’t do on media days and to also have ESPN as our national broadcasting partner and to have them here in full force was amazing. “

Media Day 2011: Nick Howell Video

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:44 pm | Permalink

Assistant football coach Nick Howell discussed Media Day and the upcoming football season.

Media Day 2011: Scott Leykam Video

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:42 pm | Permalink

West Coast Conference associate commissioner Scott Leykam discussed the addition of BYU to the West Coast Conference.