Cougar Center (BYU sports)

19
May

#214: BYU in the Top 25; Best season openers ever

Topics on episode 214:

  • Sports Illustrated has BYU in their post-spring Top 25 power rankings.  Does BYU in 2015 deserve to be in discussion as a pre-season Top 25 team?

  • Nebraska beat writer said the Cornhuskers game against BYU is one of the most intriguing season-openers the Huskers have had in the past 29 years.  What are some of BYU's best season opening games over the years?

  • Taysom is in the Heisman conversation.  What would he need to do to earn a finalist spot to NYC this fall?
  • How was Tejan Koroma left off the pre-season Remington Trophy watch list? Awarded to the best center in college football.

  • New rules in college basketball. Will it help the Cougar Cagers or hurt them?
  • BYU Baseball earned a bid in the WCC Baseball Tournament Championship.

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19
May

#214: BYU in the Top 25; Best season openers ever

Topics on episode #214:

  • Sports Illustrated has BYU in their post-spring Top 25 power rankings.  Does BYU in 2015 deserve to be in discussion as a pre-season Top 25 team?
  • Nebraska beat writer said the Cornhuskers game against BYU is one of the most intriguing season-openers the Huskers have had in the past 29 years.  What are some of BYU's best season opening games over the years?
  • Taysom is in the Heisman conversation.  What would he need to do to earn a finalist spot to NYC this fall?

5
May

#213: Garett Bolles Interview

Topics on episode #213
  • Interview with 4-star 2016 OT recruit Garett Bolles. What's the latest on Bolles' recruitment after receiving offers from numerous SEC schools?
  • Fourth straight National Title for BYU Rugby after defeating Cal last Saturday.
  • Nine undrafted free agents sign deals with the NFL. Which one was the best landing spot?
  • BYU near tops of the nation in cost of attendance for student athletes at $4500.  What does this all mean?
  • Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Thoughts from the fight of the century.
  • Mitch makes a BIG announcement! 
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29
Apr

#212: 1320 KFAN’s Will Smith joins the show

Topics this week include:

  • 1320 KFAN's Will Smith joins the podcast this week. You can find Will on Twitter @WillSmithKFAN and weekdays 6am-10am on The Monty Show.
  • Kurt Kragthorpe from the Salt Lake Tribune put out an article stating is the bench mark for college football teams in 2015 eight wins?  Will BYU get to 8 wins with this 2015 schedule?
  • The ESPN contract is going very good for BYU and ESPN so far.  ESPN execs spoke with Scott Pierce from the Trib, we discuss the future of the deal and what BYU can expect in the next contract.
  • NFL Draft week! Will BYU see any of their former players drafted?  Mitch, Bean, and Will discuss that and give their predictions on the top 5 picks for the 1st round of the Draft.
  • Will is a proud native of Kaysville, Utah; we give Will the chance to talk about the 10 greatest Kaysvillians on the show.  Spoiler: there's a guy who invented the Atari on the list.

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22
Apr

#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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14
Apr

#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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7
Apr

#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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31
Mar

#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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23
Mar

#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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17
Mar

#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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