Bronco is still confident BYU-Utah football rivalry will continue
There's no reason to believe the Utah-BYU football rivalry won't continue past this year's game, BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall told a group of golfers at a charity golf event on Thursday benefitting the Boy Scouts of America at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course. The schools have yet to agree on a contract for any games after the Sept. 15 encounter at Rice-Eccles Stadium, but Mendenhall said he's confident an agreement will be reached soon. He said he's resigned to the fact that the games will be played in September from here on out. Mendenhall talked about the future of the rivalry only briefly. Mainly, he focused on BYU's television exposure this upcoming season the day after the school announced its television network schedule for the first four BYU home games of the 2012 season. Here's Tribune columnist Gordon Monson's take on that. Mendenhall also told the group that more than 60 players on BYU's team are Eagle Scouts and that his own 12-year-old son is just a merit badge or two away from earning his Eagle award. Mendenhall also told a short story about how he and his son made a pinewood derby car that finished close to last at a recent Pinewood Derby. I chatted a little bit before the tournament with Mendenhall, and he told me that his family will be going to New Zealand in a couple of weeks. Offensive coordinator Brandon Doman, receiver JD Falsev, quarterback Taysom Hill, director of marketing David Almodova and Duff Tittle, Associate AD for Communications, also represented BYU at the tournament. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham usually participates in the annual Scouts tourney as well, but was out of town. Jeff Rudy, Utah's director of football operations, spoke at the luncheon that followed the golf tournament and said the Utes expect to do better this season now that they have a better idea what it takes to compete in the Pac-12. He also said quarterback Jordan Wynn looked good in spring camp, but is being pushed by several young quarterbacks.- Preseason honors are starting to pour in for college football players around the country, including some at BYU. Cougars offensive lineman Braden Hansen was selected to Phil Steele's Preseason All-America Third Team on Thursday. He's one of 17 Cougars named to Steele's preseason All-Independent Team. BYU receiver Cody Hoffman earned First-Team All-Indy honors as a WR and Second-Team honors as a kick returner. QB Riley Nelson and OL Braden Brown also made the First Team on offense, while linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Brandon Ogletree, cornerback Preston Hadley and safety Daniel Sorensen made First Team on defense.