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Provo • The old Provo High football stadium apparently has a new name.
Call it the BYU West Campus Field.
That’s what BYU’s athletic department is calling the facility, noting in a news release Thursday that the BYU football spring scrimmage will be played there on March 23 because of ongoing construction improvements to LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The field has an artificial surface, unlike LES, which has a natural grass field.
BYU purchased the Provo High campus in 2016 for $25 million and began managing the property last fall.
A year ago, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe was asked what the school planned to do with the Provo High property, and he said he wasn’t certain. Maybe this most recent news provides a clue.
Spring camp begins on Monday and runs through March 28 (yes, the spring scrimmage won’t be the final practice of spring practice).
BYU’s Pro Day will be held March 29 at the Indoor Practice Facility on campus.
We will have a complete spring camp preview in Monday’s paper, but here’s a look at some of the issues on defense that was published last Tuesday.
Also, here’s an update on the running back situation, and more details on the shoulder surgery that will keep sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson from throwing in camp.
Cougars enjoying midweek bye
Last week’s losses to San Francisco and Gonzaga put a serious crimp in BYU’s goal to capture the No. 2 seed for March’s WCC tournament at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Cougars dropped to 18-12 overall, 10-5 in WCC play, and will watch Thursday’s WCC games closely rooting for San Francisco and Saint Mary’s to lose.
BYU has a bye Thursday, and will conclude the regular season on Saturday against San Diego in the Marriott Center.
For the Cougars to get the No. 2 seed, they have to win on Saturday and have Saint Mary’s lose to Portland tonight and at home against No. 1 Gonzaga on Saturday, and for San Francisco to lose one of its remaining two games (at home against San Diego on Thursday, at home against LMY on Saturday).
So we’re saying there’s a chance — but not much of one.
Speaking of BYU basketball, here’s a look at what former Gonzaga player Jesse Wade has been up to since he transferred from Spokane to Provo.
In case you missed it, BYU’s mascot, Cosmo — or at least the man who dressed up as Cosmo from 2016-18 — was in the news after announcing via an opinion piece in the Deseret News that he is gay.
Stories from elsewhere
• Deseret News columnist Dick Harmon interviewed BYU OC Jeff Grimes recently and got Grimes’ views on a number of topics.
• Jeff Call of the Deseret News says BYU junior Zac Seljaas has improved his outside shooting, and here’s how.
• And here’s more on BYU’s lone participant in the NFL Scouting Combine this week, linebacker Sione Takitaki, from Harmon.
It probably didn’t determine the outcome of the game, but officials were horribly inconsistent in Thursday’s basketball loss to San Francisco when they allowed the Dons to intentionally foul BYU’s Gavin Baxter — sending Baxter to the line, but not awarding BYU subsequent possession — while penalizing BYU’s Nick Emery when he attempted an intentional foul on a USF player. The Dons got the ball back after attempting two free throws.
Here’s BYU coach Dave Rose’s answer when I asked him if he got an explanation from the referees:
“They both looked at me with a response that looked like they had something in mind, but when it came to responding they just turned off and went the other direction. So I never really did get a reason,” Rose said.
• BYU’s women’s basketball team wraps up the regular season Thursday and Saturday with home games against San Francisco and Santa Clara. Here’s more on the West Coast Conference women’s basketball race, and how Cougars guard Paisley Johnson has emerged as one of the best players on the team.
• BYU’s No. 9-ranked men’s volleyball team has seemingly recovered from a four-game losing skid after winning its last three matches and is getting ready to face No. 8 Stanford twice this weekend, once in Provo and once in Palo Alto, Calif. Here’s a look at freshman Davide Gardini, an outside hitter from Ravenna, Italy, who is the son of three-time Olympian Andrea Gardini.
• BYU’s baseball team is off to a good start, collecting a 5-2 record through the first two weeks of non conference play. The Cougars went 3-0 at the Kleberg Bank College Classic last weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas, beating Oral Roberts 8-3, Ohio State 5-1 and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi 6-2. The Cougars begin a three-game set at Lamar in Beaumont, Texas, today and will also play Friday and Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
• BYU’s softball team is back in San Diego for another big tournament this weekend. The Cougars play San Diego State on Thursday, Florida Gulf Coast and San Jose State on Friday and UC Davis and Illinois Chicago on Saturday. The Cougars went 2-3 at the Mary Nutter Classic in San Diego last weekend.