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What’s more, the national tournament is bigger than ever this year, with six teams making it to th... Provo • Two weeks ago, BYU men’s volleyball coach Chris McGown figured the Cougars pretty much had an at-large berth into the NCAA volleyball tournament wrapped up. After all, his team had clinched the No. 1 seed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tournament earlier than any team in league history, was ranked No. 2 in the country, and had a sparkling 18-4 record, 18-2 in league play. What’s more, the national tournament is bigger than ever this year, with six teams making it to th... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57836546@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:26:49 MDT BYU football: Cougars land transferring Nebraska safety Harvey Jackson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57833772-88/byu-jackson-cougars-nebraska.html.csp Provo • Another senior who will graduate this summer but still has a year of college football eligibility remaining will transfer to BYU and be immediately eligible to play for the Cougars this fall. Harvey Jackson, a safety at Nebraska until he got a release to pursue other options from coach Bo Pelini this spring, picked BYU over offers from West Virginia, Western Michigan, Cincinnati, Grand Valley State and Stephen F. Austin. “We just got better,” BYU defensive coordinator Nick Howell tweeted... Provo • Another senior who will graduate this summer but still has a year of college football eligibility remaining will transfer to BYU and be immediately eligible to play for the Cougars this fall. Harvey Jackson, a safety at Nebraska until he got a release to pursue other options from coach Bo Pelini this spring, picked BYU over offers from West Virginia, Western Michigan, Cincinnati, Grand Valley State and Stephen F. Austin. “We just got better,” BYU defensive coordinator Nick Howell tweeted... 57833772@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT BYU football: Cougar defense has lots of holes to fill in 2014 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57827786-88/camp-defensive-junior-2014.html.csp Provo • If quarterback Taysom Hill stays healthy, BYU’s offense in 2014 will undoubtedly be better than it was in 2013. The Cougars have to replace prolific pass-catcher Cody Hoffman and all-around playmaker JD Falslev, but not much else, in their quest to be more effective in the red zone and move the ball against the better teams on their schedule. What about the defense? Coach Bronco Mendenhall said that side of the ball will be fine in 2014 and up to the standard he has installed since takin... Provo • If quarterback Taysom Hill stays healthy, BYU’s offense in 2014 will undoubtedly be better than it was in 2013. The Cougars have to replace prolific pass-catcher Cody Hoffman and all-around playmaker JD Falslev, but not much else, in their quest to be more effective in the red zone and move the ball against the better teams on their schedule. What about the defense? Coach Bronco Mendenhall said that side of the ball will be fine in 2014 and up to the standard he has installed since takin... 57827786@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:10:18 MDT BYU decathlon champ Chase Dalton might be Cougs’ best athlete http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57822549-88/dalton-decathlon-byu-season.html.csp Provo • The best all-around athlete at Brigham Young University this year might not be probable NFL early-round draft pick Kyle Van Noy, record-setting receiver Cody Hoffman, versatile quarterback Taysom Hill or even two-sport star Jennifer Hamson. It could be a lanky, easygoing, über-confident senior most BYU fans know nothing about by the name of Chase Dalton. Actually, Dalton is one of the best college athletes in the entire country. The 25-year-old returned missionary from Tigard, Ore., prov... Provo • The best all-around athlete at Brigham Young University this year might not be probable NFL early-round draft pick Kyle Van Noy, record-setting receiver Cody Hoffman, versatile quarterback Taysom Hill or even two-sport star Jennifer Hamson. It could be a lanky, easygoing, über-confident senior most BYU fans know nothing about by the name of Chase Dalton. Actually, Dalton is one of the best college athletes in the entire country. The 25-year-old returned missionary from Tigard, Ore., prov... 57822549@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:47:39 MDT BYU’s Hamson could be drafted by WNBA, but won’t play for a year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57808450-88/hamson-volleyball-team-wnba.html.csp Provo • Two-sport star Jennifer Hamson was told recently by BYU’s compliance officers that she could play professional basketball this summer for a WNBA team and still retain her last year of college eligibility this fall with the volleyball team. That made the decision a little more difficult, the 6-foot-7 senior acknowledged last week, but it didn’t alter the course she planned out for herself months ago, or the commitment she made to BYU women’s volleyball coach Shawn Olm­stead. Hamson conf... Provo • Two-sport star Jennifer Hamson was told recently by BYU’s compliance officers that she could play professional basketball this summer for a WNBA team and still retain her last year of college eligibility this fall with the volleyball team. That made the decision a little more difficult, the 6-foot-7 senior acknowledged last week, but it didn’t alter the course she planned out for herself months ago, or the commitment she made to BYU women’s volleyball coach Shawn Olm­stead. Hamson conf... 57808450@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:32:01 MDT BYU volleyball: Cougars looking for new momentum after losses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57802222-88/hawaii-cougars-byu-mcgown.html.csp Provo • Just when it looked like BYU’s men’s volleyball team was the odds-on favorite to win the NCAA volleyball national championship this season, Hawaii happened. The Cougars were swept by the No. 10 Warriors 3-2 and 3-0 last weekend, snapping their six-match winning streak. Upon returning home from the islands, the Cougars, who dropped to 18-4 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, 18-6 overall, dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in the national rankings. And they got a pep talk from a legend, ... Provo • Just when it looked like BYU’s men’s volleyball team was the odds-on favorite to win the NCAA volleyball national championship this season, Hawaii happened. The Cougars were swept by the No. 10 Warriors 3-2 and 3-0 last weekend, snapping their six-match winning streak. Upon returning home from the islands, the Cougars, who dropped to 18-4 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, 18-6 overall, dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in the national rankings. And they got a pep talk from a legend, ... 57802222@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:18:55 MDT BYU softball: Inexperience has led to inconsistent season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57796714-88/byu-freshman-cougars-eakin.html.csp Provo • Asked to explain the BYU softball team’s uneven 2014 season to date, senior pitcher Tori Almond offers just one word. “Insane,” says the former Bingham High star and two-time 5A MVP and Utah Gatorade Player of the Year. It is a 17-20 team that defeated No. 2-ranked Tennessee 6-3 on Feb. 27 and current No. 1 Oregon 6-5 on March 25 and played No. 10 Washington, No. 14 Minnesota and No. 22 Stanford tough, yet has lost to the likes of Valparaiso, North Dakota State, Weber State, Chattanooga ... Provo • Asked to explain the BYU softball team’s uneven 2014 season to date, senior pitcher Tori Almond offers just one word. “Insane,” says the former Bingham High star and two-time 5A MVP and Utah Gatorade Player of the Year. It is a 17-20 team that defeated No. 2-ranked Tennessee 6-3 on Feb. 27 and current No. 1 Oregon 6-5 on March 25 and played No. 10 Washington, No. 14 Minnesota and No. 22 Stanford tough, yet has lost to the likes of Valparaiso, North Dakota State, Weber State, Chattanooga ... 57796714@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:58:15 MDT BYU softball team no-hits mistake-prone UVU in 9-0 romp http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57792772-88/byu-team-cougars-inning.html.csp Orem • Midway through the third inning of Tuesday’s intra-county college softball clash, the scoreboard operator at Wolverine Field changed the visiting team’s name to Cougars, rather than BYU. Unfortunately for the home team, he couldn’t wipe away the six runs BYU scored in the first inning, all with two outs. He also couldn’t erase the two runs the Cougars scored in the second inning when Utah Valley infielder Morgan Summers picked up what was meant to be Lauren Bell’s sacrifice bunt and chuck... Orem • Midway through the third inning of Tuesday’s intra-county college softball clash, the scoreboard operator at Wolverine Field changed the visiting team’s name to Cougars, rather than BYU. Unfortunately for the home team, he couldn’t wipe away the six runs BYU scored in the first inning, all with two outs. He also couldn’t erase the two runs the Cougars scored in the second inning when Utah Valley infielder Morgan Summers picked up what was meant to be Lauren Bell’s sacrifice bunt and chuck... 57792772@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:31:02 MDT BYU football: Stanford receiver transferring to BYU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57786016-88/byu-football-receiver-nelson.html.csp Provo • Another receiver who spent most of his college career at another school is transferring to BYU. Monday, coach Bronco Mendenhall announced that receiver Keanu Nelson, who played sparingly at Stanford the past three seasons, will join BYU’s football team this fall. Nelson will graduate this spring with a degree in science, technology and society and will be immediately eligible to play for BYU for one year. Nelson, 5-foot-11, 184 lbs., saw action in five games for the Cardinal last fall as... Provo • Another receiver who spent most of his college career at another school is transferring to BYU. Monday, coach Bronco Mendenhall announced that receiver Keanu Nelson, who played sparingly at Stanford the past three seasons, will join BYU’s football team this fall. Nelson will graduate this spring with a degree in science, technology and society and will be immediately eligible to play for BYU for one year. Nelson, 5-foot-11, 184 lbs., saw action in five games for the Cardinal last fall as... 57786016@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:48:07 MDT BYU football: Cougars conclude spring camp with an improved offense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57776267-88/hill-spring-camp-mendenhall.html.csp Provo • Perhaps it was because it was the final practice of spring camp, and players felt like it was the last day of school. Or maybe it was because up to 400 former players were on hand outside the student athlete building to watch it, including some of the biggest names in BYU football history. Then again, it could have been the way the offense moved the ball up and down the field, for the most part, in the 15th and final practice of camp. Whatever the reason, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, of... Provo • Perhaps it was because it was the final practice of spring camp, and players felt like it was the last day of school. Or maybe it was because up to 400 former players were on hand outside the student athlete building to watch it, including some of the biggest names in BYU football history. Then again, it could have been the way the offense moved the ball up and down the field, for the most part, in the 15th and final practice of camp. Whatever the reason, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, of... 57776267@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:51:57 MDT Monson: Would BYU-Provo ever drop sports? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57770433-88/byu-sports-monson-provo.html.csp BYU is dropping sports. It’s shocking, but the school, after building a tradition of competitive teams for decades, is giving NCAA athletics the heave-ho because … well, the mission of the unique religious institution includes more important, more sweeping goals. Its real priorities lie elsewhere, especially as the rigors and costs, maybe the complexities and ramifications of modern college sports ride a rocket to a place BYU’s Board of Trustees no longer wants to go. That board, made up of lea... BYU is dropping sports. It’s shocking, but the school, after building a tradition of competitive teams for decades, is giving NCAA athletics the heave-ho because … well, the mission of the unique religious institution includes more important, more sweeping goals. Its real priorities lie elsewhere, especially as the rigors and costs, maybe the complexities and ramifications of modern college sports ride a rocket to a place BYU’s Board of Trustees no longer wants to go. That board, made up of lea... 57770433@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:47:47 MDT BYU basketball: Season was difficult on recuperating Rose http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57764493-88/rose-season-carlino-byu.html.csp Provo • Before postseason play began in March, BYU’s Dave Rose declined a reporter’s invitation to rate the coaching job he had done in the regular season among the eight others that preceded it. After leading his team to the West Coast Conference championship game and its seventh NCAA Tournament berth in eight years, the 56-year-old Rose still wouldn’t take the bait in a 30-minute interview with The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday. But the man who has survived two bouts with cancerous pancreatic t... Provo • Before postseason play began in March, BYU’s Dave Rose declined a reporter’s invitation to rate the coaching job he had done in the regular season among the eight others that preceded it. After leading his team to the West Coast Conference championship game and its seventh NCAA Tournament berth in eight years, the 56-year-old Rose still wouldn’t take the bait in a 30-minute interview with The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday. But the man who has survived two bouts with cancerous pancreatic t... 57764493@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:37:39 MDT BYU basketball: Carlino will graduate in June, transfer from BYU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57760612-88/byu-carlino-rose-matt.html.csp Provo • Much-traveled guard Matt Carlino is traveling again. BYU’s mercurial junior playmaker announced Tuesday that he is transferring for his final season of eligibility. He did not say which institution he is transferring to, but he will be eligible immediately because he will graduate from BYU in June with a degree in recreation management and youth leadership. Carlino will be eligible to play at an institution that offers a graduate program that BYU does not offer. Carlino began his college... Provo • Much-traveled guard Matt Carlino is traveling again. BYU’s mercurial junior playmaker announced Tuesday that he is transferring for his final season of eligibility. He did not say which institution he is transferring to, but he will be eligible immediately because he will graduate from BYU in June with a degree in recreation management and youth leadership. Carlino will be eligible to play at an institution that offers a graduate program that BYU does not offer. Carlino began his college... 57760612@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:26:52 MDT Beeston, Hamson go out strong http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57745506-88/byu-beeston-half-cougars.html.csp Lincoln, Neb. • Kim Beeston didn’t know it would be her last college game. Not at the time. Most expected it to be. It might have occurred to her before facing No. 1-ranked UConn that BYU’s season would soon be over. But on her last night in a Cougars uniform, the senior guard made the nation wonder how far BYU could go. For a half, her last night didn’t look like her last, as the Cougars kept stride with the Huskies. “More than just hitting shots was just knowing how well we played together in ... Lincoln, Neb. • Kim Beeston didn’t know it would be her last college game. Not at the time. Most expected it to be. It might have occurred to her before facing No. 1-ranked UConn that BYU’s season would soon be over. But on her last night in a Cougars uniform, the senior guard made the nation wonder how far BYU could go. For a half, her last night didn’t look like her last, as the Cougars kept stride with the Huskies. “More than just hitting shots was just knowing how well we played together in ... 57745506@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:45:02 MDT BYU basketball: Cougars fall in upset bid against UConn (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57747378-88/byu-cougars-game-uconn.html.csp Lincoln, Neb. • For 24 minutes, BYU was not just a 12 seed. The Cougars weren’t Cinderella, or just happy to be in the Sweet 16. They were a contender, trading body blows with the nation’s best team. For 24 minutes, it wasn’t David vs. Goliath — just two basketball teams scrapping to survive. It fell apart for BYU — slowly at first, but surely — as top-ranked, undefeated Connecticut eventually topped the upstart Cougars, 70-51. BYU put up a fight to remember in a game few thought it could compet... Lincoln, Neb. • For 24 minutes, BYU was not just a 12 seed. The Cougars weren’t Cinderella, or just happy to be in the Sweet 16. They were a contender, trading body blows with the nation’s best team. For 24 minutes, it wasn’t David vs. Goliath — just two basketball teams scrapping to survive. It fell apart for BYU — slowly at first, but surely — as top-ranked, undefeated Connecticut eventually topped the upstart Cougars, 70-51. BYU put up a fight to remember in a game few thought it could compet... 57747378@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:54:41 MDT BYU football: Mendenhall says Stewart is No. 2 quarterback http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57747380-88/stewart-byu-hill-mendenhall.html.csp Provo • Senior Christian Stewart has staked a claim to the backup quarterback job at BYU. Along with established starter Tayson Hill, Stewart wore a no-tackle green jersey during the Cougars’ 102-play scrimmage on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. After the 80-minute session, coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed Stewart heads into the final week of spring practice as BYU’s No. 2 quarterback. The fight for the job has been especially noteworthy because last year’s backup, Ammon Olsen, is no longer... Provo • Senior Christian Stewart has staked a claim to the backup quarterback job at BYU. Along with established starter Tayson Hill, Stewart wore a no-tackle green jersey during the Cougars’ 102-play scrimmage on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. After the 80-minute session, coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed Stewart heads into the final week of spring practice as BYU’s No. 2 quarterback. The fight for the job has been especially noteworthy because last year’s backup, Ammon Olsen, is no longer... 57747380@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:04:01 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU’s Taysom Hill shows signs of passing upgrade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57745326-88/hill-byu-passing-quarterback.html.csp Provo Any study of how BYU quarterback Taysom Hill’s erratic passing affected the Cougars’ chances of winning football games last season comes with a disclaimer: Throw out the game that featured Hill’s running for 259 yards and resulted in the firing of the opposing defensive coordinator the very next day. Other than that victory over Texas, Hill’s passing performance pretty much dictated BYU’s success or failure. His accuracy rate was 62 percent in the Cougars’ eight wins and 45 percent in t... Provo Any study of how BYU quarterback Taysom Hill’s erratic passing affected the Cougars’ chances of winning football games last season comes with a disclaimer: Throw out the game that featured Hill’s running for 259 yards and resulted in the firing of the opposing defensive coordinator the very next day. Other than that victory over Texas, Hill’s passing performance pretty much dictated BYU’s success or failure. His accuracy rate was 62 percent in the Cougars’ eight wins and 45 percent in t... 57745326@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:53:01 MDT BYU basketball: Cougars need monumental effort vs. UConn http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57744485-88/byu-uconn-cougars-win.html.csp Lincoln, Neb. • Friday must’ve felt very much like a ceremonial pat on the back for BYU. Great run. You had a great season. Too bad about tomorrow. The early obituaries are almost certainly in. Most don’t expect the 12-seeded Cougars to have a chance on Saturday. The media milling around No. 1 Connecticut’s practice dwarfed that of BYU, which is presumed to lay down for the undefeated Huskies to continue a run to their ninth national title. The Cougars wouldn’t be in Lincoln, wouldn’t be in the ... Lincoln, Neb. • Friday must’ve felt very much like a ceremonial pat on the back for BYU. Great run. You had a great season. Too bad about tomorrow. The early obituaries are almost certainly in. Most don’t expect the 12-seeded Cougars to have a chance on Saturday. The media milling around No. 1 Connecticut’s practice dwarfed that of BYU, which is presumed to lay down for the undefeated Huskies to continue a run to their ninth national title. The Cougars wouldn’t be in Lincoln, wouldn’t be in the ... 57744485@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:08:02 MDT BYU basketball: Auriemma, Judkins share off-court friendship (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57744623-88/auriemma-judkins-byu-iframe.html.csp Lincoln, Neb. • Connecticut doesn’t schedule many home-and-home series with schools more than 2,000 miles away. A few years ago, the Huskies made an exception: BYU. Coach Jeff Judkins thinks it has a lot to do with Geno Auriemma’s love for the Boston Celtics. “Usually it’s a payoff: You get drilled by 30 and go home with a paycheck,” Judkins said. “He didn’t want to do that. He wanted to come out and play us. When I played for the Celtics, I think he knew that and it made it easier.” The two hea... Lincoln, Neb. • Connecticut doesn’t schedule many home-and-home series with schools more than 2,000 miles away. A few years ago, the Huskies made an exception: BYU. Coach Jeff Judkins thinks it has a lot to do with Geno Auriemma’s love for the Boston Celtics. “Usually it’s a payoff: You get drilled by 30 and go home with a paycheck,” Judkins said. “He didn’t want to do that. He wanted to come out and play us. When I played for the Celtics, I think he knew that and it made it easier.” The two hea... 57744623@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:35:02 MDT NCAA women’s tournament: For UConn, dominance starts with ‘D’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57740784-88/espn-uconn-game-defense.html.csp Storrs, Conn. • Connecticut’s opponents spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to slow the Huskies’ offense. A bigger challenge may be finding a way to score on the nation’s top-ranked women’s team. UConn (36-0) goes into Saturday’s regional semifinal against BYU (28-6) holding opponents to an average of 47 points a game. The next best defense, Presbyterian, gave up 53.5 this season. The Huskies also are at the top of the list when it comes to shooting defense, with opponents making just 3... Storrs, Conn. • Connecticut’s opponents spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to slow the Huskies’ offense. A bigger challenge may be finding a way to score on the nation’s top-ranked women’s team. UConn (36-0) goes into Saturday’s regional semifinal against BYU (28-6) holding opponents to an average of 47 points a game. The next best defense, Presbyterian, gave up 53.5 this season. The Huskies also are at the top of the list when it comes to shooting defense, with opponents making just 3... 57740784@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:53:02 MDT