Brigham Young flipped the analog-to-digital switch last Friday on its campus TV service. In the process, the university dropped ESPN from its channel lineup.
"We decided to keep all the channels we have currently, except for ESPN, based on the cost of that package," said Todd Hollingshead, University Communications information and financial manager.
In ESPN's place, BYU added CBS College Sports.
During negotiations for the new digital contract, campus television evaluated all of its existing packages and found that the ESPN package cost more than the combined price of all the other channels. The BYU administration could not justify the cost.
"It's something that's unfortunate but it's understandable why they made the change," sophomore Abram Clay said. "You just live with it and go from there."
Brigham Young's squeaky-clean image is taking a hit. There are allegations that involve consumption of alcohol — a violation of the honor code — during the weekend of Jan. 10-11, when 24 recruits were on campus.
The allegations started after hotshot linebacker Manti Te'o of Honolulu's Punahou High called Bronco Mendenhall last Saturday and said he had crossed BYU off his list.
Te'o, named the high school player of the year by the Sporting News, was among the recruits visiting Provo that weekend. Te'o, a Latter Day Saint, has three cousins at the school and BYU was once his college of choice.
But a report by former Cougar player Hans Olsen, who is a talk show host on 1280 The Zone, implicated Te'o in the incident. That sent the Cougar message boards into overdrive.
The best view yet of Washington's Jake Locker throwing the ball high into the air after scoring with four seconds left against Brigham Young. And give a listen to Greg Wrubell's call on the final two plays. He's the fine voice of the Cougars. Good stuff.
Here are the final seconds of the Brigham Young-Washington game, won by the Cougars, 28-27. Husky quarterback Jake Locker gets flagged for excessive celebration after scoring with two seconds left, forcing Washington to try a 35-yard PAT to tie the score. The PAT was blocked, leaving the Husky Nation in uproar. Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis on the call for Fox Sports Net.
As for the BYU side of things, Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that he was "standing about 15 feet away from Locker when he scored the touchdown, and to say that he merely flipped the football in the air, or tossed it over his shoulder, is inaccurate." Jeff Call of the Deseret News says you can disagree with the rule, but you can't disagree with the call.
Our opinion? Right call, but a bad rule. Let the kids have some fun.
Brigham Young, winner of 22 games the past two seasons, hasn't lost a Mountain West Conference game since 2005. A favorable schedule should enable the Cougars to be in the hunt for a Bowl Championship Series game. Early tests come at Washington and at home against UCLA. A midseason game at Texas Christian could be tricky, and don't forget about the regular-season finale at rival Utah.