Brigham Young Rumors & News

  • Report: Navy's Ken Niumatalolo receives raise after turning down BYU

    CBS Sports "Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo considered leaving for the BYU coaching vacancy this offseason, but decided against it, instead staying in Annapolis, Maryland. According to The Capital Gazette, Niumatalolo's decision to stay at Navy also came with a raise. Niumatalolo was making a base salary of..." December 24

  • Report: BYU to name Ty Detmer offensive coordinator

    The Score "BYU is set to hire one of the best players to ever suit up for the Cougars. Ty Detmer will be the new offensive coordinator in Provo, according to Rob Zundel of Detmer won the Heisman Trophy in 1990 and set 63 NCAA records - three of which still stand - during his time at BYU." December 24

  • BYU will reportedly hire former player Kalani Sitake to replace Bronco Mendenhall

    SB Nation "BYU has picked Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake to be its new head coach, Dick Harmon of the Deseret News is reporting. An announcement is expected on Saturday. Sitake would replace former head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who left Provo to become the head coach at Virginia. While..." December 19

  • Ken Niumatalolo staying at Navy after considering BYU

    ESPN "Ken Niumatalolo, who interviewed for BYU's head coaching job on Monday, has informed Navy he will remain the Midshipmen's coach, the team said Wednesday night. Niumatololo was offered the position at BYU but declined, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad. Niumatalolo confirmed on ESPN's College..." December 17

  • Ken Niumatalolo to visit with BYU about coaching job

    Larry Brown Sports "BYU needs a new football coach, and one person they have targeted as a candidate is Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo. Niumatalolo sounds very interested in the position. The Capital Gazette reports that Niumatalolo will meet with BYU officials and tour the school’s facilities on Monday. “Kenny is..." December 11

  • BYU's Robert Anae leaving for Virginia, taking 3 assistants with him

    The Deseret News "BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae announced Wednesday that he has accepted a job as the offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia. He follows new Cavalier coach Bronco Mendenhall to Charlottesville after the Cougar bowl game in Las Vegas on Dec. 19 against Utah. The Las Vegas bowl..." December 10

  • Virginia hires BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall

    SI - College Football "Virginia will hire BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, a source told SI​’s Thayer Evans. Virginia later confirmed the hire. Jerry Ratcliffe of The Daily Progress first reported the news. Virginia announced Mendenhall has agreed to a five-year contract, with annual compensation beginning at $3.25..." December 05

  • Missouri player strike could cost Tigers $1 million to BYU

    College Football Talk "The threat of a cancellation to this week’s game between Missouri and BYU became a bit more realistic Sunday afternoon following a released statement from University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe. Boiling in controversy related to alleged negligence toward marginalized students’..." November 09

  • BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki suspended for 2015 for "violation of team rules

    Daily Herald "BYU sophomore linebacker Sione Takitaki appeared to be a difference-maker for the Cougar defense against Cincinnati, registering eight total tackles and half a sack in the 38-24 win over the Bearcats. Now that will be his final performance of 2015, according to BYU. The Cougar football..." October 22

  • BYU won't suspend lineman who threw punch below the belt

    CBS Sports "On Saturday night, cameras caught BYU offensive lineman Uliu Lapuaho punching a Boise State player in the one place no football player wants to be punched. Not cool, bro. Not cool at all. Still, it appears Lapuaho may get away with it, or at the very least he won't miss any game time. Bronco..." September 14

  • BYU quarterback Taysom Hill out for season after breaking his foot on TD run

    The Deseret News "Juxtaposed against the raucous celebration that erupted inside the BYU locker room at Memorial Stadium after the Cougars’ amazing 33-28 victory over Nebraska was the harsh reality, and devastating news, that their leader, team captain Taysom Hill, had been lost for the year — again. For the..." September 08

  • BYU cornerback Michael Davis faces assault, rioting charges

    Salt Lake Tribune "An alleged dispute over a parking spot at a Provo apartment complex has left a BYU football player facing criminal charges just days before the Cougars' season-opener at Nebraska. Junior defensive back Michael Davis faces assault and rioting charges in Provo's 4th District Court for an incident..." September 02

  • BYU starting TE Steven Richards out for season

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "BYU tight end Steven Richards is out for the season. Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced the news Tuesday, saying the redshirt freshman suffered a knee injury during practice on Monday. According to the Associated Press, Mendenhall said Richards was injured when he was running a..." August 18

  • Sione Takitaki charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft, suspended for Nebraska game

    Salt Lake Tribune "Brigham Young University Police have brought criminal charges against Sione Takitaki, a sophomore linebacker on the school's football team. Campus police allege that Takitaki stole apparel from the school's soccer and track teams last month while he worked on the custodial staff at Smith..." August 13

  • BYU football linebacker Colby Jorgensen fractures neck in practice

    Daily Herald "After doing a CT scan and MRI, neurosurgeons determined that BYU sophomore linebacker Colby Jorgensen fractured his neck and slipped a disc during practice Tuesday and sent him into emergency surgery, Colby's brother Austen Jorgensen said in a phone interview Tuesday evening. As of 8 p.m...." August 12

  • BYU running back Jamaal Williams withdraws from school, will redshirt in 2015

    The Deseret News "BYU announced Thursday that senior running back Jamaal Williams has withdrawn from school and will redshirt the 2015 season, a big blow for a Cougar offense expected to build off a productive year last season. “Jamaal has withdrawn from school for personal reasons and will redshirt the 2015..." August 06

  • Incoming BYU running back shot in arm outside middle school

    Dallas Morning News "A former Coppell High School football player was shot in the arm Sunday evening, police say. Charles West, 18, was at Coppell Middle School East in the 400 block of Mockingbird Lane with several people to play basketball when a man walked up and shot him in upper left arm, Coppell Sgt. Sammy..." July 06

  • BYU, Memphis shouldn't wait to identify suspended players from fight

    CBS Sports "Three months have passed since and BYU and Memphis ended a wildly entertaining Miami Beach Bowl with a wildly embarrassing postgame brawl. BYU, Memphis and American Athletic Conference officials have said all the right things since then. They've expressed regret. They've talked about community..." March 12

  • Former BYU QB Christian Stewart rejoins team for spring ball

    College Football Talk "Christian Stewart played in 11 games in 2014, starting the final eight after Taysom Hill was lost for the season in October. The senior completed 199-of-348 passes for 2,621 yards with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. After throwing only two passes in 2013, Stewart stepped up and shined when..." March 05

  • Report: BYU Will Discipline “10-Ish” Players For Season Opener vs. Nebraska For Their Role In Brawl vs. Memphis

    College Spun "BYU’s football team will be lacking some depth when it takes on Nebraska in its season opener on Sept. 5. The school announced Tuesday morning that it will be disciplining “10-ish” players for the game against the Huskers due to their role in the brawl against Memphis. Following the Miami..." March 04

  • BYU commit Motekiai Langi is a very large man

    CBS Sports "You may not know who Motekiai Langi is, but trust me, when he takes the field for BYU one day you won't have a hard time finding him on the field. He'll be the mountain. BYU lists their newest lineman at 6-foot-7 and 410 pounds. " February 04

  • Oregon State Beavers officially announce Brayden Kearsley's transfer

    Oregonian "Offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley has officially transferred from BYU to Oregon State, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. Kearsley, who was a four-star prospect coming out of Aloha High School in 2013, appeared in 18 games over two seasons at BYU. " February 03

  • Don’t expect BYU to announce Miami Beach Brawl penalties

    College Football Talk "Earlier this week, Memphis announced suspensions, ranging from half-game to two-game as well banishment from other team activities such as practices and scrimmages, for 12 unnamed players for their roles in the Miami Beach Brawl. For those expecting BYU to do the same, don’t hold your..." January 22

  • BYU adds three FBS transfers, including two from Wazzu

    College Football Talk "The transfer train pulled into BYU Friday night, and dropped off a bigger haul than normal. The football program has confirmed that three transfers from FBS schools have been added to the Cougars’ roster. Two of those are from Washington State — running back Squally Canada (pictured) and..." January 19

  • BYU offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley transferring to Oregon State

    The Deseret News "BYU offensive lineman Brayden Kearsley will soon be playing closer to his Oregon hometown. Kearsley announced via Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he plans on transferring to Oregon State. The Oregonian also confirmed the news. "Excited to be an Oregon State Beaver and for this next chapter..." January 15

  • Memphis, BYU ADs to probe fight

    ESPN "The athletic directors at Memphis and BYU are expressing regret over the fight following the Tigers' 55-48 overtime victory over the Cougars in the Miami Beach Bowl on Monday. Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said he and coach Justin Fuente will review video over the next few days and take..." December 23

  • Taysom Hill out for '14 after leg break

    ESPN "Taysom Hill, the star quarterback for No. 18 BYU and a Heisman Trophy hopeful, will miss the rest of the season after breaking his left leg Friday night. Hill suffered the fracture during BYU's 35-20 loss to Utah State in Provo, Utah. He is scheduled for surgery Saturday and will be out three..." October 05

  • Charlie Strong: Starting QB David Ash out against BYU

    College Football Talk "Texas head coach Charlie Strong says his starting quarterback, David Ash, will not be available this weekend for a home game against BYU. Ash apparently took a hit in the first quarter against North Texas on Saturday that raised a caution flag later that night. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will now be..." September 01

  • BYU WR Blackmon says he's suspended, will miss opener

    Salt Lake Tribune "It appears that BYU will be missing another one of its offensive weapons when it lines up Aug. 29 to face UConn in a 2014 season opener. Devon Blackmon, a transfer from Riverside (Calif.) College who originally began his college career at Oregon, noted on his Twitter account on Monday night..." August 12

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • BYU suspends RB for honor code violation

    Salt Lake Tribune "There was a reason why Jamaal Williams, BYU’s blossoming superstar at running back, was working with the second-team offense as the Cougars opened 2014 preseason training camp on Friday afternoon. In a post-practice interview session, Williams stared into the sea of cameras, microphones and..." August 02

  • Prized freshman linebacker dismissed

    Salt Lake Tribune "BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall has dismissed one of his prized recruits from the 2014 signing class before that recruit has played a down of football for the school. Incoming freshman linebacker Sione Takitaki has been kicked off the football team. Talo Steves of first..." July 21

  • Sorry BYU, but Big 12 is sticking with 10

    College Football Talk "BYU head coach Bronco Mendenall may have to keep on waiting for any call to come from the Big 12. That is because the Big 12 apparently has no interest in even discussing expansion, for now at least. According to Brett McMurphy of, the Big 12 has had no talk about expansion in recent..." June 11

  • BYU's Mendenhall: Cougars would 'love to be' invited to Big 12

    CBS Sports "The push for governing autonomy for the FBS's Power 5 has unsurprisingly caused more than a little apprehension among their counterparts in the Group of 5 -- see Boise State president Bob Kustra's recent rip job on proposed NCAA reforms, or UCF coach George O'Leary's comparison of the Power 5's..." June 07

  • BYU FB Iona Pritchard, backup QB Billy Green transferring

    Salt Lake Tribune "BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall once compared fullback Iona Pritchard to the great Manase Tonga, a mainstay on those strong Cougar teams in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. But a massive knee and ankle injury derailed Pritchard’s career after he returned from a church mission to the Marshall..." June 02

  • BYU probing allegations of improper benefits to football players

    Salt Lake Tribune "A high-ranking BYU athletic department official confirmed Wednesday that the school has been conducting an investigation into allegations that current and former BYU football players received improper benefits from a former football program staff member. "BYU is aware of the allegations and has..." May 22

  • Ex-Mizzou QB Trent Hosick will transfer to BYU

    College Football Talk "Former Mizzou backup quarterback Trent Hosick is on his way to Provo, though he’ll have a layover in Miami, Okla. Hosick will transfer to BYU in 2015, but instead of sitting on the sidelines for a year will ply his craft at the junior college level with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Hosick, a..." May 13

  • BYU picks up Stanford WR transfer

    College Football Talk "A player who struggled to see the playing field at Stanford has decided to move on for an opportunity to do so elsewhere. BYU announced earlier this week that Keanu Nelson has decided to transfer into the Cougars football program. The school stated in its release that the wide receiver has..." April 10

  • BYU football: Williams ‘in great standing’ with program despite arrest

    Salt Lake Tribune "Two days after news of his arrest for underage drinking last month became public, BYU junior running back Jamaal Williams practiced with his teammates on Tuesday, but was not made available to speak to reporters after the two-hour workout. However, coach Bronco Mendenhall addressed the..." March 27

  • BYU's Williams pleads not guilty to misdemeanor underage drinking charge

    The Deseret News "BYU running back Jamaal Williams has pled not guilty in connection with a misdemeanor charge of possession of alcohol by a minor, and is scheduled for a court hearing in May, according to police records and court documents. Williams, 18, was charged with being a minor with a measurable..." March 24

  • Predicting Destinations for Top 25 Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits

    Bleacher Report "Top uncommitted recruits are without a doubt the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail right now. At this point, many of the nation's best prospects have a decision on where they are going to college. Yet some recruits are still mulling their options. That means college coaches are..." January 20

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