BYU and the LDS Church are attempting to leave racism behind, but they have forgotten one important thing

Two members of Wyoming’s “Black 14″ soccer gamers have hung out on the Provo campus this week.

John Griffin, proper, ties a black armband on the arm of his former teammate Mel Hamilton previous to The Black 14 panel dialogue within the Central Ballroom Tuesday November 3, 2009 in Laramie, Wyo. The dialogue marks the 40-year anniversary when in 1969 14 Wyoming soccer gamers had been kicked off the staff as they deliberate on sporting black armbands throughout a sport towards BYU. (Photograph by Andy Carpenean/Laramie Boomerang)

There’s hope at BYU, in spite of everything, even when some college students of coloration nonetheless really feel components of racism on the faculty, and despite the fact that no apology has ever come forth from the varsity’s proprietor and operator, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for its racist positions of the previous.

BYU deliberate to honor the Black 14 — a gaggle of Wyoming soccer gamers who wished to protest the church’s insurance policies in 1969 and had been subsequently kicked off the Cowboys staff — earlier than and on the half of Saturday night time’s residence sport towards Wyoming.

Representing the 14 on campus this week had been Mel Hamilton and John Griffin, who had spent current days talking to varied teams at BYU earlier than the ceremonies at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

These males, together with many others, had gotten acquainted with BYU lately, becoming a member of along with its sponsoring church in offering truckloads of meals for a few handfuls of communities, metro areas wherein the Black 14 had lived. BYU produced a documentary, which lately premiered, detailing the story of the gamers, how they’d proposed to their Wyoming coach 53 years in the past the thought of sporting armbands of their upcoming sport towards BYU to protest the LDS Church’s ban on Black males holding the priesthood and different privileges obtainable to whites. He promptly booted them from the staff.

Wyoming had since honored the boys, trying to proper the wrongs of the previous. And now, it was BYU’s flip, after working along with a few of them in these useful causes.

It — each the joint charitable work and the honoring of the gamers — is a step ahead for BYU. That ought to be famous and appreciated. The church has donated tons and tons of meals to assist do good, shoulder to shoulder with a number of the gamers.

There’s an entire lot of progress but to make.

It’s one factor to present meals, it’s one other to vary prejudiced attitudes amongst some who, influenced both by previous insurance policies or by their very own racism, develop from wherever such ignorance and idiocy are planted and sprout.

BYU and its church are making makes an attempt at progress in these areas. The college is establishing an workplace and offering assets to assist minority college students and to root out racism. The church has made connections with the NAACP, has supplied volunteer companies of assorted sorts, and has heard messages given by distinguished church leaders to exorcise racism.

Such exorcisms take time, particularly when previous insurance policies and attitudes fostered — and, most sadly, foster nonetheless — racist concepts amongst some church followers. If the trustworthy proclaim to be followers of Christ, how can they be racist, too? It’s one of many largest collisions of affection and hate, making a cloud of hypocrisy that has but to fully clear. It by no means made sense earlier than, and it is not sensible now.

That’s why a robust apology from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could be so useful. If leaders and members of that religion imagine so forthrightly in repentance, they usually do, in making what was fallacious proper earlier than God and having afflicters balm the , beginning with an apology, why wouldn’t the establishment itself apologize for a coverage that was a mistake?

BYU and the church are trying to do good. That’s good. Preserve attempting. Preserve doing good. Nevertheless it’s like placing a cap on a rotted tooth. The rot must be seen, acknowledged, cleaned out earlier than the crown can do extra than simply briefly look good, it may possibly heal and performance anew.

The Black 14 shall be honored on Saturday night time. The honorees will settle for the consideration, grateful for the varsity’s and the church’s progress and contributions to serving to and therapeutic hungry folks.

It’s time for the church from the very high to heal itself and its faculty extra absolutely by saying, in a definitive, unequivocal and official manner, three phrases:

We’re sorry.

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BYU jumps up nine spots to No. 12, Utah sits at No. 14


The Prime 25 groups in The Related Press faculty soccer ballot, with first-place votes in parentheses, data by means of Sep. 10, whole factors based mostly on 25 factors for a first-place vote by means of one level for a Twenty fifth-place vote, and former rating:

Report        Pts    Pvs

1. Georgia (53)   2-0      1,561      2

2. Alabama (9)   2-0      1,496      1

3. Ohio St. (1)   2-0      1,475      3

4. Michigan   2-0      1,359      4

5. Clemson   2-0      1,285      5

6. Oklahoma   2-0      1,209      7

7. Southern Cal   2-0      1,139    10

8. Oklahoma St.   2-0      1,004    11

9. Kentucky   2-0          992    20

10. Arkansas   2-0          938    16

11. Michigan St.   2-0          902    14

12. BYU   2-0          880    21

13. Miami   2-0          772    15

14. Utah   1-1          673    13

15. Tennessee   2-0          658    24

16. NC State   2-0          623    18

17. Baylor   1-1          562      9

18. Florida   1-1          484    12

19. Wake Forest   2-0          449    23

20. Mississippi   2-0          411    22

21. Texas   1-1          276      –

22. Penn St.   2-0          271      –

23. Pittsburgh   1-1          160    17

24. Texas A&M   1-1          145      6

25. Oregon   1-1          89      –

Others receiving votes: Marshall 85, Appalachian St. 80, Cincinnati 80, Kansas St. 77, North Carolina 71, Mississippi St. 43, Oregon St. 42, Florida St. 42, Minnesota 37, Washington St. 30, Notre Dame 23, Air Pressure 19, Texas Tech 17, Wisconsin 7, Auburn 4, Iowa St. 4, Purdue 1.

Replace Tyler Allgeier? Perhaps impossible, but this is where BYU football will try

BYU operating again Lopini Katoa runs with the ball throughout follow within the Indoor Follow Facility at BYU in Provo on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret Information)

Estimated learn time: 5-6 minutes

PROVO — For all of the modifications out there to the BYU soccer program because the Cougars opened spring practices this week, one stood out greater than arguably some other.

No, this is not a reference to the elevated measurement of the BYU offensive line, the place an enhanced give attention to the burden room and extra power and conditioning workers has led to 11 gamers within the place group that tip the scales at 300 kilos or extra, together with the returning of Keanu Saleapaga.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound native of Lakewood, California, has returned to Provo after spending final season again house — a lot to the shock of many.

However the largest distinction is not who was out there after Monday’s follow, like beginning quarterback Jaren Corridor, defensive star Tyler Batty, and a number of Cougars, however who wasn’t there.

Coming off a 10-3 season and the primary back-to-back Related Press Prime 25 rankings since 2006 and 2007, BYU has a gaping gap within the backfield in making an attempt to exchange Tyler Allgeier. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound tailback ran for over 1,000 yards in every of the previous two seasons, together with a career-high 1,606 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2021.

That Allgeier wasn’t there isn’t surprising; he declared for the NFL draft following BYU’s 31-28 loss to UAB within the Independence Bowl, when Allgeier averaged 7.1 yards per carry for 192 yards and three touchdowns — as he ought to. No one on his former workforce blames him for making the perfect life choice and cashing in on his NFL draft inventory.

However the gap was noticeable.

“I do not know if there’s a spot to exchange a man like that,” Corridor admitted after the primary day of follow, “however subsequent man up. All our operating backs appeared good at the moment. Who will or not it’s (to begin the season opener at South Florida)? You by no means know as a result of that is how good of a operating again room now we have.

“On daily basis, day-by-day by means of spring ball, is the way you change him, persevering with to get higher and discover who the following man up is.”

Simply two years in the past, that very same Allgeier was re-introducing himself to the operating again room after spending time at linebacker. If there have been expectations for the Fontana, California, native previous to the 2020 season, he definitely blew them out of the water with 1,130 dashing yards and 13 scores in an 11-1 marketing campaign in any other case dominated by the likes of Zach Wilson, Dax Milne and Khyiris Tonga.

California Golden Bears running back Christopher Brooks (34) runs the ball against the Washington State Cougars during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 in Berkeley, Calif.
California Golden Bears operating again Christopher Brooks (34) runs the ball towards the Washington State Cougars throughout an NCAA soccer sport on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 in Berkeley, Calif. (Photograph: Lachlan Cunningham, Related Press)

So who’s anticipated to return out of the operating again room this yr? The chances-on favourite could also be Christopher Brooks, the graduate switch from Cal who averaged 5.2 yards per carry for 607 yards and 4 touchdowns a yr in the past with the Golden Bears. In 4 years at Cal, Brooks totaled 1,734 yards and 14 touchdowns on the bottom.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Brooks took snaps with what appeared just like the top-flight gamers throughout restricted media viewing out there to finish Monday’s follow — not less than, it was the lineup that additionally included Corridor, middle Connor Pay (who is predicted to exchange departed junior James Empey) and broad receiver Puka Nacua.

And for a hefty 235 kilos packed inside his 6-foot-1 body, the chiseled Oceanside, California, native appeared nearly surprisingly “gentle on his ft at the moment,” Corridor quipped. The identical with returning incumbent Lopini Katoa, the returning senior who initially thought of graduating however opted to return after operating for 260 yards and two touchdowns a yr in the past..

“Brooks and Lopini appeared actually good at the moment,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake stated, unintentionally enumerating a depth chart at tailback.

“I’m actually enthusiastic about our depth,” he later added. “The sport-ready expertise that I’m seeing from the offensive line is trying nice. Our defensive position is younger however robust and they’ll develop up loads within the subsequent few months earlier than fall camp.”

Within the plug-and-play offense coming into the second season below coordinator Aaron Roderick, Brooks has hit the bottom operating, pushing Katoa, rising operating again Jackson McChesney, and Sione Finau, who returned to the operating again room after briefly flirting with a transfer to defensive again.

That is a superb velocity for a participant who nonetheless remembers the date BYU first contacted him about transferring — Dec. 28 — and who initially dedicated to Purdue earlier than enrolling at BYU simply over every week later when lessons started Jan. 5.

“I feel it simply encompassed me as an individual, not solely as an athlete however off the sphere as effectively,” Brooks advised BYUtv of his choice to affix his new teammates at BYU. “It was simply the correct match on the proper time. That made the choice fast for me, and separated itself from everyone else.”

However Brooks additionally is not Allgeier; he hesitates to match himself to even an NFL operating again, saying he has his personal fashion and largely does his personal factor, with consistency being his mantra.

And CB is not seeking to be TA.

“I am simply me. I am gonna be me,” Brooks stated. “I am a workforce man, and I simply like to win. I will be me, and that is all I will do.”

Whether or not BYU performs a workhorse operating again prefer it did with Allgeier or takes a committee method round a gaggle that additionally options Stanford switch Houston Heimuli and Masen Wake at fullback is but to be seen, Sitake stated.

However both means, the offense is predicted to be higher, anchored by a deep line, the second yr of Corridor, and the return of broad receivers like Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney — along with newcomers like Brooks.

“Higher by leaps and bounds,” Corridor stated of the offense. “We return most of our guys, versus plenty of ability place guys final yr not having a ton of expertise. The quarterback place was the identical deal. Once we return an enormous majority of our starters and plenty of our playmakers, it confirmed in follow the place we have been at.”


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‘Salty’ and ‘fighting,’ BYU looks toward WCC Tourney opener — with key rematch in view

Brigham Younger Cougars guard Spencer Johnson (20), left, high-fives Jackson Parcell, 5, after Brigham Younger Cougars wins over Loyola Marymount Lions in an NCAA basketball recreation at Marriott Middle in Provo on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

Estimated learn time: 6-7 minutes

PROVO — Even with out admitting it publicly, you would inform Spencer Johnson has spent the previous month eager about the loss at Pacific.

His teammates have, too, even when the BYU males’s basketball group has lengthy moved previous the 76-73 loss to Pacific that was the low level of the season, the Cougars’ solely Quad 4 lack of the Mark Pope period and the largest blemish on an in any other case NCAA Match-caliber resume.

With 54 seconds left in Stockton, California, Alex Barcello drained a 3-pointer that pulled the Cougars inside 2 factors — with all of the momentum.

However BYU might get no nearer. What adopted was a mini-tragedy of errors, that includes three steals and two turnovers — to not point out 4 free throws — within the closing 41 seconds as BYU fell 76-73, the primary time in Pope’s three years that the Cougars have failed to reply from a loss with a win.

“We simply did not actually have any power,” mentioned Johnson, talking publicly for the primary time concerning the Jan. 29 loss. “Everyone hits some extent within the season within the trenches of January and February the place it will get long and hard; you are within the grind, and typically it is simple to lose power and lose focus.

“We simply did not have a ton of battle. Clearly, it confirmed; we did not play very effectively. We could not get stops. I believe it will likely be totally different this time round if we performed them.”

That loss become three, which then grew to become 4, when San Francisco and Gonzaga got here to the Marriott Middle to cap off the longest dropping skid of the Mark Pope period. It is that skid that has BYU opening the West Coast Convention Match sooner than it ever has earlier than, a 7 p.m. MST tipoff Friday because the No. 5 seed.

The Cougars’ opponent that evening? It may very well be Loyola Marymount, which BYU has performed — and overwhelmed — twice within the closing three weeks of the common season, due to the WCC’s unbalanced schedule. Or it may very well be Pacific, that very same group that handed the Cougars the loss on a bizarre weekend evening in a health club shut down for a prolonged delay as a result of the Tigers could not shut off an inadvertent shot clock.

Johnson will take both matchup Friday — he is aware of that crucial factor is to win that gameand advance to face San Francisco, at present ranked No. 28 within the NET and a Quad 1 neutral-site recreation with potential NCAA Match implications Saturday evening on the Orleans Area.

Pepperdine Waves guard Houston Mallette (0) drives against Brigham Young Cougars guard Spencer Johnson (20) during the game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
Pepperdine Waves guard Houston Mallette (0) drives towards Brigham Younger Cougars guard Spencer Johnson (20) through the recreation on the Marriott Middle in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Picture: Spenser Heaps, Deseret Information)

However deep down, even with out totally admitting, it is simple to inform this group desires one other crack at Pacific.

“It does not matter to me,” Johnson mentioned, earlier than slyly including, “however it might be good to play Pacific once more; that might be enjoyable. A redemption recreation.”

Past that stretch, he additionally feels just like the Cougars have corrected lots of their points from the skid. Johnson has been a key cause why, too, coming off the bench in all 29 video games he is performed to common 5.8 factors, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per recreation in lower than 20 minutes.

The Salt Lake Group Faculty switch who prepped at close by American Fork has scored in double figures eight occasions this season, together with a career-high 15 factors on Dec. 1 towards Utah Valley. However he is been greater than a scorer, capturing 45% from the sphere and sometimes being one of many first gamers off the bench as Pope turns to his 6-foot-5 body as a part of his prolonged defensive lineup.

An enormous a part of Johnson’s recreation, by his personal admission, includes “ensuring we’re locked in defensively” and main the Cougars’ ball-screen protection and defensive rotations.

There’s some saltiness to his recreation; and proper now, Pope admits there may be a whole lot of saltiness amongst his group that is aware of it must win a minimum of two video games in Las Vegas to have any likelihood of an NCAA Match bid.

“We had some guys that have been salty; that made me actually glad,” Pope mentioned after Tuesday’s apply within the Marriott Middle. “That is how you must be as we translate this into tomorrow and Thursday and a large recreation on Friday.

“However that is what we would like. I believe the blokes have some juice proper now. It makes me excited.”

Get to that Monday semifinal, the place BYU would face top-ranked Gonzaga for a 3rd time, and something can occur. The Cougars (21-9, 9-6 WCC) could be huge underdogs in Sin Metropolis, however they have been a 12 months in the past when dealing with the Bulldogs within the match title recreation on the Orleans Area.

BYU had then-unbeaten Gonzaga on the ropes that evening, utilizing an 11-0 run within the first half to construct up a 12-point halftime lead. However Jalen Suggs scored 23 factors, together with two late 3-pointers, to rally the Zags to the win towards a fellow NCAA Match group, 88-78.

“Gonzaga was actually good final 12 months, too, huh?” Johnson recalled pensively. “I hope we get to play them once more this 12 months; I actually do.

“Our group is totally different this 12 months than it was final 12 months, and we have now a whole lot of guys which can be able to tackle that problem, to compete and battle with them. The 2 occasions we performed them this 12 months have not been nice video games; they’ve blown us out. However I believe if we get them once more, we will be prepared. The expertise from final 12 months teaches us that we are able to have a 10-12 lead at halftime, and us returning guys hope we get to play them once more. It is going to be a 40-minute recreation, and we will get after them.”

Damage notes

Seneca Knight didn’t apply in full Tuesday afternoon as he continues to get better from a wrist harm suffered two weeks in the past at Saint Mary’s. However the junior switch from San Jose State put up pictures with the group in each practices this week as he works again into type, Pope mentioned.

“He is doing good,” Pope mentioned. “It is simply form of a day-by-day factor that we’ll see.”

With out Knight, the Cougars have trimmed the common rotation to simply eight gamers, together with Caleb Lohner and Fousseyni Traore — who proceed to get better from nagging accidents suffered through the 12 months.

It is one cause why BYU did not schedule a make-up recreation towards a Quad 1 nonconference opponent this week that might have been added when the league opener towards Portland was canceled as a consequence of COVID-19. The Cougars had a recreation tentatively aligned for Monday, however did not really feel taking part in on a fast turnaround from Saturday evening — and never training Sunday — with a flight to the opposite group’s campus made sense for his or her present place.

“That is the place you might be on this a part of the season,” Pope mentioned. “That is why it is a lot enjoyable.

“While you get to that second, you are battered and overwhelmed, with pictures at your confidence, strife in your locker room; that is once you stroll into the largest second — as a result of you must battle by all these things. It is an unbelievable expertise for our guys to develop.

“The postseason, there’s nothing prefer it.”

Postseason awards

The West Coast Convention will launch its annual postseason awards Wednesday morning, a convention spokesman mentioned. The honors are voted on yearly by the league’s 10 coaches.

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Why QB Jaren Hall is a Warriors rugby fan, and how it’s helping BYU football

BYU quarterback Jaren Corridor (#3) talks to members of the media after soccer follow within the Indoor Apply Facility at BYU in Provo on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret Information)

Estimated learn time: 6-7 minutes

PROVO — Jaren Corridor had a bit of further pep and a bit extra zip on his ball when the BYU soccer crew opened its monthlong spring follow season.

He was joyful, wholesome and having enjoyable taking part in the sport he cherished because the Cougars formally turned the calendar from the 2021 season to 2022, and past Monday within the college’s indoor follow facility.

It wasn’t simply because the previous Maple Mountain star was allowed to sleep a bit of longer when his child daughter was crying the night time earlier than, because of his “superhero” spouse, former Utah Valley soccer standout Breanna McCarter.

Corridor was one in all 4 native athletes who signed a reputation, picture and likeness cope with the Utah Warriors rugby membership earlier Monday morning, an settlement between himself, offensive sort out Kingsley Suamataia, linebacker/security Chaz Ah You and former Utah star Britain Covey to advertise the fifth-year Main League Rugby franchise in trade for financial worth.

Beneath phrases of the settlement, the quartet can be answerable for making appearances in Warriors matches, collaborating within the pre-game ball supply ceremony, and signing autographs for followers after every recreation.

They’re going to additionally obtain 50% of gross sales from a customized piece of crew merchandise that might be obtainable within the Warriors’ crew retailer quickly. And whereas Corridor, who additionally performed basketball and baseball in highschool, would not know a lot about rugby, he is excited to study the sport and assist promote an area crew as he helps his younger household and focuses on his crew for what could be the redshirt junior’s final season at BYU.

“Go Warriors,” quipped Corridor, who might be at Zions Financial institution Stadium in Herriman for the Warriors’ dwelling opener Saturday towards MLR growth aspect Dallas Jackals (12 p.m. MST, KMYU). “I am studying; it is positively an important alternative.”

Corridor threw for two,583 yards and 20 touchdowns whereas successful eight of the ten video games he began for the Cougars in 2021, and he is again a yr later with out trying too far over his shoulder. He is the incumbent beginning quarterback forward of a crowded room that features former four-star recruit Jacob Conover and Boise State switch Cade Fennegan backing him up.

Between spring ball practices, college and his new child, Corridor would not have a lot time to work a job and assist his household. He is additionally spent the majority of the previous six months — because the season opener towards Arizona in Las Vegas — attempting to get wholesome.

Corridor revealed Monday he first damage his ribs within the win over the Wildcats, an harm that obtained progressively worse with subsequent hits taken towards Utah, Arizona State and the remainder of the 2021 schedule that prompted him to overlook BYU’s bowl recreation.

By Monday afternoon, he (lastly) felt wholesome once more.

“I really feel actually good. Again to 100%,” he mentioned.

NIL offers just like the one with the Warriors play a fair larger position in his life than different (learn: single) faculty athletes.

“As a number of the state’s prime soccer gamers that each one have Utah roots, they stand for all the pieces that the Warriors signify in being part of this nice state,” mentioned Warriors co-founder and CEO Kimball Kjar, a former BYU rugby participant. “Soccer’s roots are tied to rugby, which is likely one of the world’s largest sports activities, and we’re excited to work with these athletes to showcase the connections and athleticism of each sports activities right here within the state of Utah and past.”

The Utah Warriors have partnered with college athletes Jaren Hall, Chaz Ah You, Kingsley Suamataia and Britain Covey in a first-of-its-kind Name, Image and Likeness deal for the duration of the 2022 Major League Rugby season, the team announced Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.
The Utah Warriors have partnered with faculty athletes Jaren Corridor, Chaz Ah You, Kingsley Suamataia and Britain Covey in a first-of-its-kind Identify, Picture and Likeness deal during the 2022 Main League Rugby season, the crew introduced Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. (Photograph: Courtesy: Utah Warriors)

Loads has modified in faculty athletics over the previous yr, however one of many greatest rule amendments continues to reshape the NCAA because the affiliation opted to permit faculty athletes to revenue off their identify, picture and likeness rights a yr in the past.

BYU has been on the forefront of NIL participant rights since establishing the Constructed 4 Life program final summer time, together with pushing the envelope with a team-wide partnership with Constructed Manufacturers that pays the value of tuition for all walk-ons in trade for in-person and social media promotion of the corporate’s protein bars.

Monday’s announcement by the Warriors was additionally a primary: the primary skilled rugby crew to companion with faculty athletes on an NIL deal, and one of many first professional sports activities franchises to signal a gamers’ rights to an settlement.

Work might be required for the 4 faculty athletes who signed the settlement with assist from Orem-based Oncoor Sports activities. Nevertheless it’s additionally a job, and one that permits gamers like Corridor to assist a household whereas additionally taking part in the sport they love.

Breanna additionally would not must work and might keep dwelling with the couple’s first-born youngster, Corridor added.

“Slightly bit of cash right here and there to assist my household and my child woman takes a number of stress off my shoulders,” he mentioned. “It permits me to exit, play soccer, and do all the pieces I must do.

“I am simply grateful for all of the individuals who take a shot on faculty athletes to assist us out. It is an important factor, and I am actually joyful and grateful for it.”

Solely a handful of school athletes have been provided really life-changing cash — six figures and above — from giant nationwide manufacturers to pitch their merchandise whereas they play.

And whereas USC quarterback Caleb Williams and Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei (amongst others) have been allowed to make one thing akin to an expert wage, most NIL offers are a lot smaller in scope — just like the deal between Provo-based location providers firm Smarty and each BYU feminine athlete value as much as $6,000 a yr.

“NIL has been superior,” mentioned BYU defensive finish Tyler Batty, one of many first Cougars to signal an NIL deal when he inked an settlement with Idaho-based Balmshot lip balm. “We’re simply getting began; for lots of people, they’re nonetheless ready on new offers. However for me personally, it is had a big impact on what I’ve to do day-to-day.

“Throughout the summer time, I haven’t got to work an additional job. That is big, giving me a number of time to coach, get well, and finding out soccer. I feel that is the largest benefit. … There’s so much that goes into the sport, and I feel NIL is large as a result of it permits student-athletes to hone their craft a bit of extra.”


Among the many newcomers on BYU’s spring roster is Ma’a Natoa, the Skyridge Excessive star and first-team all-state tailback who redshirted his freshman season at Dixie State. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Lehi native wore No. 47 as he took reps within the backfield alongside CAl switch Christopher Brooks, who seemed “mild on his toes” operating routes at 6-foot-1, 235-pounds with the first-string gamers.

Keanu Saleapaga additionally made his return to BYU after departing the roster a yr in the past. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound redshirt senior from Lakewood, California has one closing season of eligibility remaining.

Among the many quantity modifications on the Cougars’ roster are Jackson Kaufusi, who will put on a slimmed down No. 13 within the spring, and tight finish Dallin Holker, who broke in his new No. 5 jersey with an acrobatic one-handed seize whereas tiptoeing the sideline on the primary day of spring practices.


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BYU DB Keenan Ellis medically retiring after suffering severe neck injury last year

Ellis sat out all of 2021 after being rushed to a trauma heart in BYU’s season opener

(David Becker | AP) BYU defensive again Keenan Ellis reacts to an obvious damage after defending towards Arizona operating again Michael Wiley in the course of the first half of an NCAA faculty soccer recreation Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Las Vegas.

BYU defensive again Keenan Ellis is medically retiring after struggling a extreme neck damage a 12 months in the past.

The junior from San Diego missed all of 2021 after being concerned in a head-first collision with Arizona receiver Jaden Mitchell. Instantly, Ellis misplaced consciousness and fell to the bottom.

He was transferred to a neighborhood trauma heart in Las Vegas after being immobilized on a stretcher. By the subsequent morning, Ellis was strolling round. He stated he didn’t bear in mind the hit.

“It’s unhappy and unlucky,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake informed The Salt Lake Tribune. “He has subsequent degree potential to play within the NFL. He’s gifted and may do lots of different issues. He’ll nonetheless be concerned with the workforce, it simply received’t be on the sector.”

All through the offseason, folks inside BYU’s program anticipated Ellis to return to soccer. He was operating and performing non-contact exercises this winter. His mobility and power elevated.

However as Ellis noticed a number of head and neck specialists, the consensus was he couldn’t danger taking one other collision.

“We have been actually hopeful he would return,” Sitake stated. “With him we noticed him transferring and operating. All of it was working nicely. However the problems he might get with one other hit like that simply weren’t definitely worth the danger.”

Ellis appeared in 13 video games in his faculty profession, beginning his remaining recreation towards Arizona. He tallied 22 tackles and had 5 passes defended. Ellis would have probably contended for a beginning place in 2022.

“We have now had plenty of conversations. I be ok with the choice,” Sitake stated. “As an individual, it simply sucks as a result of he’s such a terrific soccer participant.”

‘Get me the ball’: Barcello feeds Traore to push BYU basketball to 16-point win in home finale

Brigham Younger Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) goes to the ring forward of Pepperdine Waves guard Mike Mitchell Jr. (1) in the course of the recreation on the Marriott Heart in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret Information)

Estimated learn time: 4-5 minutes

PROVO — Halfway by means of the second half of BYU basketball’s house finale towards Pepperdine, Alex Barcello stepped by means of a depraved crossover dribble, stepped again, drained a 3-pointer and tapped his wrist.

Fousseyni Traore acquired the message.

Traore poured in 25 factors, 19 rebounds and three assists en path to the seventh double-double of his profession and BYU basketball wrapped up the common season with a 75-59 win over Pepperdine in entrance of a near-sellout crowd Saturday night time within the Marriott Heart.

Barcello added 10 factors, eight rebounds and three assists, and Te’Jon Lucas had 15 factors and 4 assists on senior night time for the Cougars (21-9, 9-6 WCC), who additionally honored injured large males Gavin Baxter and Richard Harward earlier than tipoff.

However on one explicit play, Traore — like every good freshman would to a senior chief — was simply following orders.

“I used to be so hyped,” he stated with amusing. “He (Barcello) simply wanted to relax somewhat bit, proper?”

That is when head coach Mark Pope jumped in, with a joke which may as nicely have been fully correct.

“When AB did that,” Pope stated, tapping his wrist, “Fouss turned to AB, and stated, ‘if you wish to put this factor away, get me the ball. Each. Single. Time.'”

Level taken for the 6-foot-6, 254-pound freshman from Bamako, Mali, the previous Wasatch Academy standout whose freshman yr has seen a gentle rise since he grew to become the highest submit participant on a group lacking its two prime bigs in Baxter and Harward. However when Traore goes off, good issues occur for BYU, which improved to 6-1 on the yr when he information a double-double.

Traore has scored in double figures in three of the previous 4 video games, paralleling an increase that has seen BYU proper itself after a four-game skid that propelled the Cougars to the sting of the NCAA Match bubble.

With 4 wins within the final 5 video games — the one loss, a 69-64 setback at Saint Mary’s, when Traore struggled to 4 factors and 5 rebounds whereas enjoying by means of a groin damage — the Cougars have (seemingly, presumably, perhaps) righted the ship.

“25 and 19? That’s absurd,” stated Lucas, who celebrated his second senior night time however first with followers and a crowd that included his mom, sister and grandmother in attendance. “And for a freshman to get that, 9-of-10 taking pictures. Seven-of-nine free throws. That’s absurd.”

Gideon George provided 11 factors in BYU’s regular-season finale, and Trevin Knell had 8 factors and 4 assists for the Cougars.

Houston Mallette scored 23 factors to guide Pepperdine (7-24, 1-15 WCC) and fellow freshman Mike Mitchell Jr. provided 18 factors, eight rebounds and 4 assists for the shorthanded Waves, who solely performed seven gamers.

However on Barcello’s second celebrated senior night time in a BYU uniform, the Chandler, Arizona, product wished to finish the common season in model.

Pepperdine Waves guard Majok Deng (22) goes to the hoop around Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore (45) during the game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
Pepperdine Waves guard Majok Deng (22) goes to the ring round Brigham Younger Cougars ahead Fousseyni Traore (45) in the course of the recreation on the Marriott Heart in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Picture: Spenser Heaps, Deseret Information)

Knell capped a 7-0 run over simply 57 seconds that pushed BYU to a 20-13 lead halfway by means of the primary half. However the Waves shot 48% from the sphere to BYU’s 45% to creep inside three, 36-33 at halftime.

The Cougars outrebounded Pepperdine 21-15 and scored 8 factors off 5 turnovers earlier than the break however could not draw back from a gaggle of Waves guards that acquired something they wished — together with 13 factors from Mitchell.

It did not take lengthy for Barcello to take over, although. The Arizona switch discovered Atiki Ally Atiki for a hammer dunk halfway by means of the second half. On the following possession, Barcello completed off his crossover with a stepback 3-pointer that pushed the Cougars’ result in 49-40, highlighting an 11-3 spurt that pushed the Cougars’ lead as excessive as 55-43 with 7:27 remaining to assist seal the win for good.

“That stepback, that is Alex; that is what he does,” Lucas stated. “I simply wished to go over there and have enjoyable with him, however that is OK. We talked about it within the locker room later, how he was wobbling or one thing.

“However that is Alex Barcello; I do not anticipate nothing much less.”

Moments later, Lucas discovered Caleb Lohner for a transition dunk that introduced the home down and gave the Cougars a 61-46 lead they might by no means relinquish, holding the Waves to 27% taking pictures within the second half.

However again to Traore, who set a BYU freshman file with 19 rebounds — together with 14 defensive boards. The West Africa product tied Mark Helpful for the second-most double-doubles in a freshman season in BYU historical past, and likewise knocked down his thirty fifth block of the season — the fourth-most all-time by a BYU freshman.

“I have been saying all yr: he does not know the way good he’s. This faculty, the coaches are fortunate to have a man like Fouss, who’s so prepared to be taught and has a lot uncooked expertise. However whenever you put that collectively along with his laborious work, work ethic, and also you see him within the gymnasium at 8 o’ clock each day, then to the examine corridor for 5 hours a day. It is superior.”

The win, mixed with wins by San Francisco and Santa Clara, locks BYU into the No. 5 seed within the West Coast Convention Match — the Cougars’ highest seed since becoming a member of the league in 2011. The Cougars will open the tourney subsequent Friday, March 4 on the Orleans Enviornment in Las Vegas.


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