Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
BYU Sports
Jay Drew
Jay covers BYU athletics for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow him on Twitter @drewjay.

» E-mail

» Subscribe (RSS)




Bronco not irked by interruption, understands fan's angst

For about a half-hour last Saturday, Washington State coach Mike Leach entertained reporters on a teleconference with tales of his days as a student at BYU, how he met his wife there, and more.

Leach brings his new team and his Air Raid offense to Provo on Thursday to face his alma mater (8:15 p.m. MDT, ESPN). The game should be as entertaining as the news conference..

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Leach and the origins of his offense are profiled in this article in The Tribune today.

Also, here's a notebook, primarily focusing on how BYU will have its hands full with WSU receiver Marquess Wilson.

Although he won't play this year at Kansas, former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps has apparently decided to grant some interviews. He talks to his hometown paper about getting a new start, away from the spotlight, in this piece.

We've already posted a link to BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall's speech at Saturday night's Big Blue Bash, and how he was interrupted by an elderly gentleman (around the 2:20 mark). Here it is again.

The coach was asked about the interruption after practice on Monday.

"First of all, I wanted to know what he said," Mendenhall said. "He had a legitimate point. From what I understood he said was that we are not playing in the afternoons anymore. And he's right. I replied, basically, that exposure means a lot now. And of the 123 teams, only five were seen more by national audiences than us last year, which is very important to me, and not only the program, but the church, and our institution. So it is a tradeoff we are willing to make. I don't know if I came across like that, but that was the intent.

But certainly, it is probably hard on some folks that were used to afternoon games."

Regarding the experience fans have on game days, Mendenhall said he "takes it really seriously" and is happy to see the improvements at LaVell Edwards Stadium which will be on display Thursday night: the new video scoreboards, the "ribbon" video boards and more.

"I want them to come fill our stadium because of the experience of not only watching the game, the game day experience, but also why we are playing the game. We continue to try to make LaVell Edwards Stadium a fantastic experience. Now there are brand new scoreboards, and different things. There is a tailgate area that is now open at the Marriott Center, which I don't think has ever happened before, so we are trying to do everything better to improve our program. ... It is progress."



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
 
Twitter
Football
Basketball
BYU Football Schedule
BYU Basketball Schedule
Jobs
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.