Cougar Center (BYU sports)


#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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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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#201: Andy Katz Interview & BYU Basketball Upgrades

Topics on episode #201 of Cougar Center:

  • BYU Basketball Head Coach Dave Rose signed a five-year extension that keeps him at BYU till 2020.
  • Senior Writer, Andy Katz joined the podcast to discuss Dave Rose and BYU Hoops.
  • BYU Basketball Facility Upgrades.  What will the new practice facility and seating do for the program on a national level?
  • Kyle Collinsworth recorded his 5th triple-double on the year, setting an NCAA record.  Should K.C. go to the NBA after this season?
  • Spring Football is 20 days away. As we start previewing spring ball, we analyze the personnel on the offensive side of the ball.
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#200: Signing Day 2015 Recap & Partnership

Topics this week include:

  • Episode #200! To celebrate this great milestone at the podcast we announce the partnership.
  • You can now listen to the Cougar Center Podcast from every Wednesday and on iTunes.
  • In-depth breakdown of BYU's 2015 Signing Day class with Jeff Hansen, Editor at Lawless Republic.
  • Overall impressions of the class. Did BYU address needs?
  • Thoughts from Mendenhall's quotes at the press conference.
  • Who are the names to get familiar with that could make an immediate impact?
  • Returned Missionaries.  Who are they?
  • LANGI! All 6'8" 410-pounds of him.
  • BYU Basketball Update

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#199: Signing Day Predictions & BYU Basketball Struggles

Topics this week include:

  • Signing Day is next week and joining the show to preview what is going to happen in the final week of recruiting is Lawless Republic co-editor, Jeff Hansen.
  • Jeff gives us his predictions on the remaining prospects that are uncommitted.
  • What's the impact of James Empey and Brittain Covey committing to Utah over BYU?
  • The big official recruiting visit is taking place this weekend? What's going to take place, and who is going to be there?
  • BYU Basketball had a bad loss last Saturday at San Diego.  Are the Cougars NCAA Tournament hopes done?  What can they do to right the ship and get back on track?
  • Devin Mahina played in the Senior Bowl.  What's Mahina's Draft prospects now?
  • Super Bowl XLIX Predictions: Who do Mitch and Bean have winning the the championship?
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#198: Dayan Lake De-Commits & Charles West is coming to BYU

Topics this week include:

  • The Memphis Tigers announced that 12 players would be punished from the Miami Beach Bowl brawl that took place last night vs. BYU.  Will the Cougars lay down similar punishments?
  • Recruiting Update with Jeff Hansen, Lead Editor at (@rakoto10).
  • What's the latest on Dayan Lake who has now opened up his recruitment?
  • How significant is the Charles West commitment for BYU?  What type of impact can he make in his career?
  • Names to watch in the final two week stretch to Signing Day.
  • Jeff discusses the new transfers that are in the program.
  • BYU Basketball Update: Cougars fall at St. Mary's.
  • Tyler Haws deserves better in his senior season.
  • Is BYU hoops trending in the wrong direction?
  • The struggles with the front court.
  • BYU Volleyball shout-out
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