Cougar Center (BYU sports)


#211: Skye PoVey interview; Bronco’s thoughts on Independence; BYU Basketball Transfers

Topics on episode #211:

  • Former BYU defensive back Skye PoVey put up huge numbers at Pro Day last month and has positioned himself with a chance to make an NFL camp. Povey joins the show to discuss if he has been hearing from teams since that pro day performance last month?

  • PoVey also discusses some of the issues with the 2014 defense. Was it effort based? Injuries? Skye breaks it down.
  • Bronco Mendenhall had some interesting remarks with some members of the media last week in regards to football independence.  Is it realistic to think BYU could get into a Power 5 league in three years?
  • A pair of BYU Basketball players are transferring, one of which (Isaac Neilson) was forced out.  Is this the right approach for Dave Rose and his program?
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#210 Sean Auwae Interview & Dave Rose’ “state of the program”

Topics on episode #210:

  • 2016 OL prospect Sean Auwae received an offer from BYU over the weekend.  We talk with him about the offer and how important his relationship with BYU OL coach Garrett Tujague is.
  • Dave Rose addressed the media with a "state of the program" roundup to finalize the 2014-15 season.  Rose discussed a variety of topics including Kyle Collinsworth likely coming back next season.
  • Trent Hosick was a recruit that had offers from BYU and San Diego State but decided to stay at Arizona Western JC for another season.  Hosick talked to a paper in Arizona and had a comment that made us wonder if he was referring to Bronco Mendenhall. 
  • Tyler Haws sets the bar for what all BYU athletes should do during their careers in Provo. We discuss that and more on a new episode of Cougar Center.
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#209: The Long Snapper Interview

  • BYU deep snapper Matt Foley a.k.a. The Longsnapper, went viral this week with his Long Snapper tattoo that took 10 hours to create.  We talked with Matt about the tat, and what Bronco thought of his tattoo.
  • We discussed the 2015 depth chart that Mitch put together on his 1320 KFAN BYU Insider blog.
  • CBS Sports Dennis Dodd put out an article stating that rules will change for conference championship games start in 2016.  The Big XII could potentially have a championship game with just 10 members.  What impact does this have on BYU going forward?  Is there zero chance of BYU ever getting into the Big XII at this point?
  • With spring football now finished, with what we know now, what will BYU's record be in 2015?
  • Thoughts from the Final Four and Duke's 5th national championship.
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#208: Jordan Leslie & 2016 QB recruit Keaton Torre

Topics on Episode #208
  • Former BYU wide receiver Jordan Leslie joins the show to recap his performance at Pro Day and also discuss the NFL Draft process.
  • (33:00) 2016 QB recruit Keaton Torre recently de-committed from Louisville and has re-opened his recruitment.  Where does BYU stand for the four-star signal caller from Bingham High School?
  • BYU Spring Football is wrapping up and the Cougars held their public scrimmage for fans last Friday.  What did Bean and Mitch takeaway from the practice?
  • Players and positions that caught the eye of Mitch & Bean.
  • BYU Basketball assistant Mark Pope is taking the head coach position at Utah Valley University.  What direction does Rose go to replace Pope? Does Rose need to hire a coach with strong defensive background?
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#207: BYU Hoops Wrap-Up & Spring Scrimmage Preview

  • BYU Basketball fell to Ole Miss last week in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament.  Mitch and Bean put a wrap on the 2014-15 season, and discuss the colassal collapse by the Cougar Cagers.
  • Lookahead to the 2015-16 BYU Basketball team by analyzing the roster. Will Kyle Collinsworth be back for his senior season or is the talented point guard NBA-bound?
  • How are Bean and Mitch's NCAA Tournament brackets looking?
  • BYU Football: Spring Football enters week 4 and this week ends with the spring scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium.  What storylines are the guys watching this Friday?
  • Observations from spring practices.
  • The SEC now views BYU as a power-five opponent. What does this mean for the future of BYU Football? It means a lot, and we discuss why that's the case.
  • Cheap shot from the women's NCAA Tournament and it involves a Lady Cougar getting the brunt of it.
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#206: BYU vs. Ole Miss Preview in NCAA First Four

Topics on episode #206:

  • BYU received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars drew Ole Miss in a First Four matchup in Dayton.
  • Mitch and Bean break down BYU's tournament draw.  Should the Cougars have received a bid that wasn't in the First Four?
  • Analyze the Ole Miss Rebels.
  • Ole Miss reporter Hugh Kellenberger's interview on Gunther in the Afternoon breaks down the Rebels.
  • Keys to victory for BYU.
  • Score predictions.
  • Initial impressions on the entire NCAA Tournament bracket.
  • The Fightin' Hamsons a.k.a. the Lady Cougars received an automatic bid in the women's NCAA Tournament versus Louisville.
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#205: Will BYU get in the Big Dance?

Topics on Cougar Center #205 include:

  • The BYU Basketball team fell short in Las Vegas losing to the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Championship Game for the second time in as many years.
  • BYU is trending in the right direction towards getting an NCAA Tournament bid. Is there any chance they actually get left out?
  • Can BYU win a game in the big dance?
  • BYU Spring Football Update: Taysom Hill says he could play this week if it was a game week.
  • BYU OT commit Garett Bolles received a scholarship offer from one of the nation's top schools. How difficult is it going to be for BYU to hold on to this kid?
  • BYU Baseball update
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#204: WCC Tournament Preview & Spring Football Observations

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1320 KFAN BYU Insider

Topics on episode #204:

  • The BYU Basketball squad scored a monumental win at #3 Gonzaga last week in The Kennel. We recap that win and discuss how impressive that was.
  • WCC Tournament Preview with Robby McCombs from Lawless Republic.
  • Will BYU make it into the NCAA Tournament?  What do they need to do in Vegas to secure an at-large spot?
  • Mitch shares his observations from the first two days of BYU spring football.
  • Quarterback situation isn't pretty as Christian Stewart comes back to fill-in.
  • Which players are turning heads so far in camp?
  • Who has the most to gain from spring football?
  • More football and basketball talk on this entertaining episode of the Cougar Center Podcast.
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#203: BYU-Utah no longer needed? BYU Hoops ready for final stretch.

Topics on episode #203:

  • Tom Holmoe and Dr. Chris Hill have been discussing a possible extension to the Holy War rivalry.  Is it necessary anymore?
  • Spring football starts in one week. What are the top storylines to watch from camp?
  • Alani Fua's performance at the NFL Combine.
  • BYU Basketball is streaking at the right time heading into the final week in the pacific northwest.
  • Two months since the teams last met, where has BYU improved to give them a better chance against the #3 Zags this Saturday?
  • Luke Worthington is going on a mission.
  • Jennifer Hamson signs with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.  BYU's superstar has next folks.
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#202: Breaking down Spring Football Personnel & Cagers creeping back on bubble

Topics on episode 202 of Cougar Center

  • #ThisIsY: 2015 slogan for the BYU Football team
  • Thoughts on signee Charles West's legal battles.
  • BYU Basketball is on a three-game winning streak and creeping their way back on to the bubble.
  • Former BYU LB Alani Fua is going to the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend. What does Fua need to do to get drafted?
  • Breaking down the personnel and story lines on the defensive side of the ball for BYU during spring football.
  • BYU Baseball off to a slow start to open the season.
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