When BYU and Houston meet up this Thursday night on ESPN both will be sporting a patriotic look in honor and remembrance of 9/11. A fitting tribute as a reminder of those impacted and gave their lives 13 years ago and those in the armed forces serving for us across the world.
Two LDS Mormon missionaries recently showed up at a playground to play basketball against some unsuspecting opponents. After purposely missing a few shots they then put on a clinic with a couple huge dunks. Not sure if this is real but if so it’s pretty impressive to say the least!
University of Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill took to YouTube Tuesday to explain that an official announcement will be coming soon regarding the return of the football rivalry with BYU after the final game that is currently scheduled in 2016. After this year’s game the series will inexplicably take a two year hiatus. According to Hill, Utah and BYU will play in September in 2017 and then will be the last game of the year in 2018 pending Pac-12 approval.
Obviously this is good news. Just too bad Hill couldn’t have figured out how to make it work for 2014 and 2015.
BYU Football coach Bronco Mendenhall continues to show more of his human side. First he decided to embrace social media opening up his own twitter account. He also has been more available to the media this off season and now he’s getting face painted. Mendenhall got face paint at BYU’s Fan Fest in Sandy, Utah Wednesday.
Personally, I like the new friendlier Mendenhall. It actually shows he has a personality as opposed to being so robotic as many have accused him to be over the years. While I commend him I also believe it’s orchestrated considering the heat he receive from the disappointment of last season. In the end though, it will take more than face paint to win back the bitter fans that hold him responsible for the offensive struggles last season and the loyalty he showed to a clearly injured quarterback in Riley Nelson.
“Ziggy Mania” is underway in Detroit–all over his 3D glasses. The Detroit Lions are enticing fans with free “Ziggy glasses” when they buy the jersey of BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Ansah wore 3D glasses at the NFL Draft when he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Lions. Last week IMAX Theaters offered him free movies for a year. Who would have thought the mild mannered Ziggy would already be a marketing machine?! I can see a fashion trend blowing up in Provo!
The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly listening to offers which means Ansah could change the face of the first round depending on what team moves up. The Detroit Lions did not work Ansah out individually but the staff did coach him in the Senior Bowl in which he was named the games most outstanding player.
Ansah could be a good fit for that defense that features strong interior defensive linemen in defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley but is lacking a good edge rusher. The questions is whether the Lions organization, notoriously a downtrodden one, can be patient enough to allow Ansah to grow and whether he can handle the criticism that may come from an impatient fanbase.
BYU defensive end/linebacker Ziggy Ansah continues to be the talk of the draft with ESPN profiling him for a 15 minute segment during SportsCenter Thursday in addition to profiling on Sport Science. In addition BYU put together a good video telling the “Ziggy” story at BYU. Still amazing to think that a guy who has played football for just two years can be drafted as high as the Top five or even three.
Also my latest KSL.com Sports column is on who would you draft between Ansah and Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Whatever the case it will be the first time in the state’s history two players will be picked in the top 15 of the NFL draft.
In his second stint as BYU offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Robert Anae clearly is trying to be more media friendly. He’s being made available to Utah media every Monday during spring ball. In his latest session he seemed just a tad paranoid at times questioning the media’s questions. It turned into a very awkward back and forth. If Anae want’s to be the next BYU head coach he definitely still needs to work on his public relation skills.
Just hours before BYU senior walk-on Craig Cusick was to start against Utah State Tuesday night he found out his father Randy had been diagnosed with cancer. He went out and understandably struggled. But with 0.2 seconds left he was in the right place, at the right time, rebounding a miss to deliver the game winning put-back. He celebrated and hopefully for a brief moment his father lying in a hospital bed was able to do the same.