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Media Day 2011: Interview with ESPN's Dave Brown

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 12:11 pm | Permalink

Athletic Marketing interviews Dave Brown during the break.

Media Day 2011: Corby Eason Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:37 am | Permalink

BYU cameras caught up with BYU Defensive Back Corby Eason during the break.

 

Media Day 2011: Breakout Session Photo Gallery

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Steven McCall at 11:24 am | Updated: July 12, 2011 12:04 pm | Permalink

Photos from the breakout session with BYU coaches.

Media Day 2011: Breakout Sessions with the Coaches

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Ashlyn Hewlett at 11:16 am | Updated: July 12, 2011 11:43 am | Permalink

 

Besides head coach Bronco Mendenhall announcing a three-year extension, other coaches also participated in the breakout session including Brandon Doman, quarterback coach and newly-instated offensive coordinator, Joe Dupaix, who is joining the Cougars this year as running back coach and recruiting coordinator and Nick Howell, secondary and special teams coach.  We asked them their thoughts on Media Day and the upcoming season.

Brandon Doman

On BYU’s quarterback situation:

“I was given the charge when I took the job to never allow BYU football to be in a position without quarterbacks.  This is the strongest we’ve been since I’ve been here and I hope to keep it that way.”

On Media Day:

“This is a surreal experience for me coming into this new facility at this time to a new era of BYU football as a brand new offensive coordinator.  I feel really fortunate and highly motivated because I recognize and understand the opportunity that is at hand right now. “

How does this Media Day compare to ones you participated in as an athlete here at BYU?

“You don’t have to go on a plane and fly anywhere and you don’t have the competition with other coaches and other athletes.  You’re in a facility that is second to none on your own campus with partners like ESPN and BYUtv.  I think it’s not only a plus for us but for all of the media that are present.”

Joe DuPaix

What do you do in the summer to become cohesive as a staff?

"We still get together and text each other all of the time.  I go golfing with Coach Doman and some other people. We're still in contact all of the time.  We have a great staff and we're really excited to be working together as a staff. We're having a good time and why shouldn't we be?  We work at BYU.  We work with great young men and we're just excited to be here."

How does independence help with recruiting?

"We can recruit anyone from the country, we always have done that, but now we can play anyone in the country.  We're not tied in to just one conference, so being able to play in Florida or wherever, we can attract more attention from recruits in those areas and so that's going to help tremendously and we're just going to work our tails off to be able to find the best in the country to come play at BYU."

Nick Howell

What are your first impressions of the new BYU Broadcasting building?

"This building is unbelievable. The facilities are awesome.  I'd never been up here before so I'm really impressed."

Thoughts on the upcoming season:

"We're way excited about this season. We feel like we have a lot of talent in the secondary. We lost some starters, so there are some young guys who are anxious to prove they can play at this level. I know they're training hard. I trust them to do well."

How do you feel about independence?

"What a great opportunity for our university and for our faith and for the chance to get out there and play on the biggest stage. It's two-fold. We get to represent what we believe in and then play the game that we love and do it at the highest level. It's exciting, it's a challenge and that's what athletics are about."

Media Day 2011: Bryan Kariya Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:11 am | Permalink
BYU cameras caught up with BYU Running Back Bryan Kariya during the break.

Media Day 2011: Jameson Frazier Interview

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:05 am | Permalink

BYU cameras caught up with BYU Linebacker Jameson Frazier during the break.

Media Day 2011: Behind the Scenes at the Live Show

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:01 am | Permalink

Here's a look behind the scenes at the Live Show.

Media Day 2011: State of the Program Live Photo Gallery

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Steven McCall at 10:54 am | Updated: July 12, 2011 11:14 am | Permalink

Photos from BYUtv's live "State of the Program."

Media Day 2011: Bronco Mendenhall Announces Three Year Extension

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson at 10:44 am | Permalink

During the first breakout session of the 2011 BYU football media day, head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced his intentions to lead the Cougars into independence with a three-year contract extension.

“I have extended my contract for three more years,” Mendenhall said. “I am absolutely satisfied with my job here and I have been treated more than fairly. I am very realistic and there is a lot on the line going independent, so I want to ensure that I am worthy of my position. I want to give everything I have for those three years and lead the charge through independence.”

In his six years at the helm of BYU, Mendenhall has led the Cougars to six bowl games and a 56-21 (.727) record. His winning percentage is the seventh best among current FBS head coaches with at least five years experience.

“Tom (Holmoe) wanted to announce this extension but I didn’t want it to be another story,” Mendenhall said. “I get enough attention just being the BYU football coach.”

BYU will begin its first season as an FBS Independent with an opening game at Mississippi. The schedule has been a strain to put together and the benefits of going independent are not without risks.

“I am invigorated at the chance to keep the program moving forward and I am anxious to be the coach to take this move on,” Mendenhall said. “There is a huge amount of risk in going independent but it’s also a great opportunity for the program.”

In four of his six seasons, Mendenhall has led the BYU to double-digit wins. The Cougars began 2010 with a 1-4 start before finishing 6-2 in the final eight games, including a 52-24 New Mexico Bowl victory against UTEP.

“I am hoping I am the coach that can navigate us to independence successfully but this move is way bigger than the head coach,” Mendenhall said. “This is about BYU football, which has a tradition unlike any other. I am ready to help this team prove our worth at the national level.”

Keep up with BYU football media day on byucougars.com for the remainder of the day. Online interactive chats will begin at 11:00 am MT and will continue until 12:00 pm. The Legends Show, featuring a variety of past BYU players, will begin at 1:00 pm.

Media Day 2011: Behind the Scenes in the Control Room

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:26 am | Updated: July 12, 2011 10:32 am | Permalink

Here's a look behind the scenes at what's going on in the control room during Media Day.