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BYU AD Tom Holmoe's take on the Cougars' 2013 football season

As you may have noticed if you follow me on Twitter, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe held a roundtable discussion with media members who cover BYU sports today at the Student Athlete Building on campus.

Holmoe chatted with us for 45 minutes, and touched on a variety of issues, as he does once or twice a year.

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Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the discussion was Holmoe's pronouncement that BYU will no longer discuss honor code violations with the media. In the past, spokesperson Carri Jenkins would confirm to reporters whether or not a specific student-athlete was being investigated by the honor code office, or was being punished by the honor code office, for running afoul of the honor code.

That will no longer happen, with two exceptions: 1) the student-athlete's transgression is a matter of public record (such as an arrest, or other violation of the law of the land. 2) the student-athlete went public with the situation first via social media, etc.

Here's the story about the honor code announcement news that I filed for the newspaper. It also touches on a few other topics from today's discussion.

Of course, Holmoe talked about a whole lot more.

I will post segments of that discussion throughout the day to this blog.

For starters, here is what Holmoe had to say when he was asked for his take on last year's football season. The Cougars went 8-5, losing to Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl:

"I would say last year was a very important year. We made a big transition with changes on the offensive staff. We changed our offensive philosophy, like, 180 degrees. Looking back, now that I have had time to study it a little bit. I thought that we made some real nice strides.

You look at some of the stats, and it was surprising to me how well we did running the ball, and we did some things with possession that were interesting and new to me.

We ran a lot more plays, and it put our defense on the field a lot more. So both our offensive and defensive staffs are studying that now, and researching it, and asking, what does it mean? They didn’t realize our defense was going to be on the field that much more. I think they knew about it, but they are trying to see how to optimize that.

The running game was good, and put up some real nice stats, but they are looking for more balance. I think that the strength this year [is] we have some running backs coming back, and an offensive line coming back, and you will see that we are kind of re-tooling our receivers.

I think we need to gain some more balance, obviously. That’s an understatement, obviously. But where we go from there, we still are going to be generated around a running game.

The better you are to keep them offset throwing the ball, the better off your team is going to be. I think there were times last year in games where we didn’t feel we could throw the ball as effectively as we could run it, so we ran it. It fared well for us in some games, and in some games it was a tough strategy to have.

So, the coaching staff right now is looking at ways in which we can enhance our abilities to move the chains and score. I thought we had a ton of yardage last year, but we didn’t necessarily have that yardage at the right time, against the right people, in perfect situations.

Those are things we study all offseason, and try to come back with answers so that we can score touchdowns instead of field goals, and field goals instead of nothing, and more times penetrating the other team’s territory with opportunities to score.

There just seemed like there were times when we were three-and-out, or short drives, when we should have had longer drives. This is anything that wouldn’t be the goals and desires of any team that wasn’t really great last year offensively.

And I thought we did some great things, and some things that we need a lot of help with."



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