No longer sharing the media spotlight with programs like Utah, TCU, Air Force and Colorado State, the BYU Cougars will make their independent debut in the media circuit on Tuesday with their own media day to focus on the college football program in 2011 and beyond.
A full day of coverage through BYU TV and ESPN3 will highlight BYU’s move away from conference alignment and pave the way for the future of not only the football program, but also the entire university. One of the reasons BYU opted out of the Mountain West Conference was to pursue a national brand, and television deals with ESPN and the introduction of their own television network has already gone a long way to ensuring national attention.
“We knew we needed to replace the (football exposure) opportunity that we had with the conference,” BYU associate athletic director Duff Tittle said in a story by the Daily Herald. “That’s where the discussion started. Then we started to have conversation about what that would be — what we would like to accomplish. I think it’s going to be really cool. …A lot of it was ‘let’s try this.’ We feel like this is a real opportunity to do whatever we wanted to do, and showcase our (television) partnerships.
BYU won’t just be talking about the 2011 season though. They will be bringing in some of the big names from the football past to reflect on the program and the direction the entire university is heading. Former Cougars Ty Detmer, Steve Young and LaVell Edwards are scheduled to be a part of a roundtable discussion. Fans will be able to ask questions to the coaching staff and players questions during a special online webcast.
Current BYU players expected to be a part of the media day event include quarterback Jake Heaps, running back Bryan Kariya, wide receiver McKay Jacobson, defensive tackle Romney Fuga, and linebackers Uona Kaveinga, Jordan Pendleton, Jameson Frazier and Brandon Ogletree.
BYU opens the 2011 season on September 3 on the road at Ole Miss in SEC country. The Cougars play the Texas Longhorns the following week in Texas and host Utah, now of the Pac 12, September 17. It is rumored that BYU will formally announce some future opponents in addition to match-ups already announced. One team rumored to be in the mix is Penn State.
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