BYU football: Media days during independence era brought a mixed bag

Dave McCann, left, interviews BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe and BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall during BYU Football Media Day in Provo, Monday, June 23, 2014.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

Talk is always cheap and when discussing BYU football in June, even “cheap” is on sale.

Talk, talk, talk — it’s the name of the game as the Cougars prepare to roll out their 11th and final self-driven media day next Wednesday.

It will be historic on two fronts. First, it is the beginning of the end to BYU’s era of independence, and second, it kickstarts the Cougars’ future life in the Big 12.

“We would love to be in the Big 12. I would love to be a member of that conference. I think it would make a lot of sense.” — former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall during 2014 BYU media day

Bronco Mendenhall was on center stage when BYU launched its first media day of independence on July 12, 2011, with an announcement of Mendenhall’s contract extension through 2013.

ESPN also announced 10 of the Cougars’ first 11 games as an independent would be televised on …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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