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BYU football back at it today after break for bye week

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said last week that some changes were coming to the BYU football program, but this probably isn't what he had in mind.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall has again changed his media availability policy, with three regular-season games left to play.

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The changes are that only offensive coordinator Brandon Doman and offensive coaches and players will be available for interviews after practice on Tuesdays and only Mendenhall and defensive coaches and players will be available on Wednesdays.

On Mondays, only Mendenhall and the players will be available. Presumably, assistant coaches won't be available.

Not sure why they changed it up now. Guess we will find out after practice tonight.

As you can read here, the Cougars (5-4) play host to the 1-8 Idaho Vandals on Saturday night (8:15 p.m., ESPNU). Weather forecasts call for temperatures to be in the 30s at kickoff, and could be in the 20s when the final horn sounds. Bring plenty of warm coats and blankets.

ESPN.com is out with its latest bowl projections. The site's experts say BYU will play San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20 in San Diego. The Aztecs surprised Boise State on Saturday night in Boise, and now four MWC teams have one loss apiece. Fresno State and SDSU are 5-1; Boise State and Air Force are 4-1.

The Poinsettia Bowl gets the second pick of MWC teams, after the Las Vegas Bowl.

The BYU basketball team also plays this week, on Friday at the Marriott Center against Tennessee State. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. and it is the season-opener for both teams. The Cougars improved to 2-0 in exhibition season play on Saturday with a 90-61 win over the University of Findlay, an NCAA Division II team from Ohio.

Tyler Haws led the Cougars with 19 points. Here's a feature on the sophomore returned missionary that ran in Sunday's newspaper.

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