BYU Sports Blog - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Blogs/byusports Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Monday press briefing: Howell gets harsh on BYU's leaky defense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58443387-65/game-whether-really-week.html.csp The Cougars have a bye this week, but coach Bronco Mendenhall, defensive coordinator Nick Howell and selected players were made available to the media this morning. It will be the only opportunity for reporters to talk to coaches or players this week. Mendenhall said the standard stuff — more on that later — but Howell was as frank and forthright as I’ve ever seen him in an eight-minute chat with a half-dozen or so people a few minutes after Mendenhall’s press briefing. In short, Howell was not ... The Cougars have a bye this week, but coach Bronco Mendenhall, defensive coordinator Nick Howell and selected players were made available to the media this morning. It will be the only opportunity for reporters to talk to coaches or players this week. Mendenhall said the standard stuff — more on that later — but Howell was as frank and forthright as I’ve ever seen him in an eight-minute chat with a half-dozen or so people a few minutes after Mendenhall’s press briefing. In short, Howell was not ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58443387@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:19:02 MDT Video: Bronco Mendenhall's Monday BYU press briefing before bye week http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58442734-65/mendenhall-briefing-bronco-bye.html.csp Here's video of BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall's Monday morning press briefing after the Cougars downed Virginia 41-33 last Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mendenhall discussed the health of his team, how poorly the defense played, and his biggest concerns moving forward as the Cougars enter a bye week. Here's video of BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall's Monday morning press briefing after the Cougars downed Virginia 41-33 last Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mendenhall discussed the health of his team, how poorly the defense played, and his biggest concerns moving forward as the Cougars enter a bye week. 58442734@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:21:34 MDT BYU hopes to maintain mental focus during bye week http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58441569-65/byu-game-cougars-think.html.csp Although they have a bye this week, as you can read in this Monday morning report in The Salt Lake Tribune, the BYU Cougars will have some media availability today, beginning at 11 a.m. at the football offices lobby. The Cougars had some team meetings this morning to review the 41-33 win over Virginia, but won’t practice tonight. They will go Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Utah State, BYU’s next opponent (on Oct. 3) will follow roughly the same plan, from what I heard coach Matt Wells say Satu... Although they have a bye this week, as you can read in this Monday morning report in The Salt Lake Tribune, the BYU Cougars will have some media availability today, beginning at 11 a.m. at the football offices lobby. The Cougars had some team meetings this morning to review the 41-33 win over Virginia, but won’t practice tonight. They will go Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Utah State, BYU’s next opponent (on Oct. 3) will follow roughly the same plan, from what I heard coach Matt Wells say Satu... 58441569@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:20:02 MDT Video: Mendenhall on BYU's 41-33 win over Virginia http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58438736-65/mendenhall-41-33-byu-cougars.html.csp Here are BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall's opening statements after the Cougars downed Virginia 41-33 on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium to improve to 4-0. Mendenhall acknowledged that penalties are becoming a problem for Cougars. Here are BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall's opening statements after the Cougars downed Virginia 41-33 on Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium to improve to 4-0. Mendenhall acknowledged that penalties are becoming a problem for Cougars. 58438736@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:47:35 MDT BYU Football LIVE: BYU beats Virginia 41-33 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58435808-65/byu-virginia-hill-yard.html.csp Hine finally gets one After being denied the end zone several times last year on long kickoff returns, Adam Hine finally got there on Saturday against Virginia. Hine took a kickoff near the goal line, and raced untouched up the middle 99 yards for the score. His jaunt gave BYU a 41-26 lead with 7:48 remaining, and came after a Virginia TD that made it a one-score game. BYU’s defense has to be gassed, because Virginia has held the ball for 35 minutes to BYU’s 16 with 7 minutes left to play. Juer... Hine finally gets one After being denied the end zone several times last year on long kickoff returns, Adam Hine finally got there on Saturday against Virginia. Hine took a kickoff near the goal line, and raced untouched up the middle 99 yards for the score. His jaunt gave BYU a 41-26 lead with 7:48 remaining, and came after a Virginia TD that made it a one-score game. BYU’s defense has to be gassed, because Virginia has held the ball for 35 minutes to BYU’s 16 with 7 minutes left to play. Juer... 58435808@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:24:14 MDT Ex-BYU receiver and WR coach Ben Cahoon enters CFL Hall of Fame http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58434355-65/cahoon-cfl-coach-byu.html.csp Since being released by BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall after the 2012 season as part of the great offensive shakeup that year, former receivers coach Ben Cahoon has done quite well for himself. He’s working for a medical devices company called Arthrex, and, of course, he’s married to Gov. Gary Herbert’s daughter. And oh yeah: He’s getting inducted into the Canadian Football League’s Hall of Fame. What’s more, the induction ceremonies are in Montreal this weekend, the city in which Cahoon played hi... Since being released by BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall after the 2012 season as part of the great offensive shakeup that year, former receivers coach Ben Cahoon has done quite well for himself. He’s working for a medical devices company called Arthrex, and, of course, he’s married to Gov. Gary Herbert’s daughter. And oh yeah: He’s getting inducted into the Canadian Football League’s Hall of Fame. What’s more, the induction ceremonies are in Montreal this weekend, the city in which Cahoon played hi... 58434355@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:03:11 MDT ESPN sideline reporter believes BYU-Virginia will be a low-scoring affair http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58433078-65/byu-kessenich-cougars-espn.html.csp As a young boy growing up in New York, Quint Kessenich remembers watching BYU put up some prolific offensive numbers in several Holiday Bowls. His father, who was a high school football coach, let him stay up late to watch BYU games because they were almost always guaranteed to see entertaining football. Little did Kessenich know at the time that his job would take him to BYU dozens of years later. Kessenich will be ESPN’s sideline reporter on Saturday when the Cougars play host to Virginia at 1... As a young boy growing up in New York, Quint Kessenich remembers watching BYU put up some prolific offensive numbers in several Holiday Bowls. His father, who was a high school football coach, let him stay up late to watch BYU games because they were almost always guaranteed to see entertaining football. Little did Kessenich know at the time that his job would take him to BYU dozens of years later. Kessenich will be ESPN’s sideline reporter on Saturday when the Cougars play host to Virginia at 1... 58433078@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:17:50 MDT Prep phenom Frank Jackson's commitment to BYU basketball still strong, father says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58428748-65/jackson-byu-frank-basketball.html.csp In this age of Twitter and Facebook and anonymous texts and all that, rumors fly fast and furious. Most I tend to discount without a second thought, but one lately in particular piqued my interest. When I heard it a second time from a different source, I decided it deserved a phone call. The rumor was that Lone Peak junior guard Frank Jackson had broken off his commitment to play basketball for BYU. Jackson committed a year ago at this time, before the 6-foot-3 combo guard had even started his s... In this age of Twitter and Facebook and anonymous texts and all that, rumors fly fast and furious. Most I tend to discount without a second thought, but one lately in particular piqued my interest. When I heard it a second time from a different source, I decided it deserved a phone call. The rumor was that Lone Peak junior guard Frank Jackson had broken off his commitment to play basketball for BYU. Jackson committed a year ago at this time, before the 6-foot-3 combo guard had even started his s... 58428748@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:00:02 MDT BYU football: Updates on WRs Ross Apo, Nick Kurtz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsbyusports/58425903-65/game-football-field-really.html.csp Thirteen different BYU players have caught passes this season, through three games. Seniors Ross Apo and Keanu Nelson, the Stanford transfer, don’t have catches yet, unbelievably. Apo has played in all three wins, according to the participation reports that accompany the box scores after every game. I asked receivers coach Guy Holliday on Wednesday why Apo and Nelson aren’t playing more or getting the ball more. “I think you got two different situations. Ross has been struggling with some thing... Thirteen different BYU players have caught passes this season, through three games. Seniors Ross Apo and Keanu Nelson, the Stanford transfer, don’t have catches yet, unbelievably. Apo has played in all three wins, according to the participation reports that accompany the box scores after every game. I asked receivers coach Guy Holliday on Wednesday why Apo and Nelson aren’t playing more or getting the ball more. “I think you got two different situations. Ross has been struggling with some thing... 58425903@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:25:01 MDT