Provo – Upper Sevier Tue, 17 May 2022 11:23:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Provo – Upper Sevier 32 32 Five teams to chase for the 2023 non-conference opener Tue, 17 May 2022 07:43:42 +0000

PROVO, Utah – Tennessee’s decision to opt out of the trip to Provo to play BYU football in 2023 left an opening. An opening that BYU did not expect.

In January, AD Tom Holmoe said BYU was complete with non-conference schedules through 2027. So Holmoe and his department’s task was to “get teams out” rather than add new inventory.

Things are changing in a hurry in college sports. BYU’s first year as a member of the Big 12 will have Holmoe working on the phones again to put a game together, as he has done with so many teams navigating independence.

The good thing for BYU is that if anyone is in charge of making a game, it’s Holmoe. He found a way to cobble together an 11-game schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when nearly everyone was playing conference-only schedules.

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Assuming the Big 12 moves to a nine-game league schedule, finding a non-conference game shouldn’t be as daunting as piecing together the 2020 roster. But it’s still tricky.

Despite 18 months to work, this is considered late in the planning game. Football programs always decide to line up games a decade in advance.

Here are five teams BYU should pursue to fill that vacant spot for the 2023 non-conference schedule.


The Rebels have an opening in their non-conference schedule, and they already have six dates lined up at their home in Las Vegas. UNLV was originally scheduled to play Provo on Nov. 4, 2023, before the Cougars were called up to the Big 12 Conference.

It’s an easy travel game for rebels, and if BYU writes a good guaranteed amount, what’s the downside to UNLV?

The only thing that might give the Rebs pause is that their non-conference already includes games against Michigan and Vanderbilt of the Power Five ranks. Would that be too much for a struggling program to tackle in one season? Most likely.

Coastal Carolina

A possible rematch against Coastal Carolina is where things would get juicy. Mules vs. Mormons: II? Let’s go. Trouble is, the Chanticleers already have all of their non-conference dates filled, headlining with a Sept. 2 trip to UCLA.

People like Gridiron’s Dave Brown would have to put different puzzle pieces together to make it happen, but it would be a game with a unique story. A crazy thing to say, considering the Chants have only been playing football since 2003. But that impromptu game in 2020 defined the crazy nature of college football amid COVID-19. So a comeback game to kick off BYU’s new era in the Big 12 would be a fun event.

When BYU Football originally agreed to play Coastal Carolina in 2020, Holmoe got a verbal agreement from Coastal AD Matt Hogue that the Chanticleers would make a return trip to Provo.


BYU football has a future home-and-away series lined up with the Miami Hurricanes for the 2026 (at Miami) and 2028 (at Provo) seasons. On their schedule, the Canes already have dates filled with non-conference games in 2023 for September 2, 9 and 23. But Miami still needs another non-conference game.

For this to become a reality, it would take heavy work with multiple schedules. Miami has another Power 5 opponent at Texas A&M lined up for September 9, 2023 at Miami Gardens. But looking at Miami’s future non-conference rosters, the Canes regularly play two Power 5 programs out of the ACC.

Find a way to advance the 2028 game in Provo to Sept. 30, 2023, then open against Big 12 opponent Kansas in week one. The Jayhawks don’t have a week one game scheduled at this time, and if you want to make a football game against Kansas interesting, slide it in as the Big 12 opener.

Like the SEC did for Texas A&M when the Aggies joined. SEC schedule officials opened the Aggies with a championship game at College Station against Florida.

Middle Tennessee

Relationships are important when trying to put together a football game. For example, BYU’s Tom Holmoe has a prior history with Middle Tennessee AD Chris Massaro. Additionally, the two programs previously scheduled a home-and-away game against each other for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

After flirting with a potential move to the MAC, Middle Tennessee is standing firm in Conference-USA. For the 2023 season, the Blue Raiders have only two non-conference games lined up. One of them is a road game against a P5 opponent in Missouri on September 9.


Want to dive deep into the life of a Power 5 team? How about participating in the best program in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide? Nick Saban’s landmark program has an opening date of September 2, 2023.

The two programs almost played each other in 2020 at Jerry’s World in Arlington before the SEC opted to play a conference-only program. BYU coaches were planning a one-week game with the Tide that season. So maybe dust off the old scouting report for a 2023 tilt?

Holmoe has a history with Alabama AD Greg Byrne. The two negotiated the Arizona series in 2013, then had conversations about the BYU/Alabama game reported in 2020.

BYU has always been ready to play the best. They don’t come any better than Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide program.

A trip to Tuscaloosa or a natural site tilt would be an epic stop for BYU players. But on the other hand, the idea of ​​potentially breaking a new QB against Alabama? Would Kalani Sitake step in and curb such a move?

Bonus possibility: Northwestern (In 2018, the Big Ten lined up NU to face Rutgers on 9/2/2023; this could change if the Big Ten drop the divisions.).

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

‘No-bus zones’ likely to remain for 2022-23 school year in Carmel • Current Edition Sun, 15 May 2022 14:11:29 +0000

Angie Provo felt a little uneasy when she learned – nine days before the start of the 2021 school year – that Carmel Clay Schools would no longer be providing buses to transport her third-grade student to and from Forest Dale Primary School.

Because she and her husband both work full time, she knew it would be a logistical challenge to drop off and pick up their daughter each day. So when a neighbor jokingly suggested a carpool, she embraced the idea and put her professional skills to work creating a spreadsheet to solve the problem.

“If I could go from driving 10 times a week to setting up a schedule so we could all work together and figure out how we could each do one or two of those shifts, that would immediately reduce the burden by 100 % to 20%,” Provo said.

It looks like Provo’s ride-sharing spreadsheet will return next fall, as CCS officials believe it’s highly unlikely that “no-bus zones” will be eliminated anytime soon.

“I’m not optimistic that it’s going to go away for next year unless we have a mad attack from (bus hiring) drivers,” the CCS superintendent said. Michael Beresford, adding that he wouldn’t be shocked if the “community passes” with enough drivers to reverse.

Nearly 1,700 students living about 1 mile or less from their school campus have lost bus service for the 2021-22 school year, a move fueled by a years-long shortage of bus drivers compounded by the COVID pandemic -19 and other factors.

“It’s certainly been exacerbated by the broader labor shortage,” said CCS transportation manager Gary Clevenger.

In addition to creating bus-free zones, CCS has also adjusted school start times to allow a single bus driver to choose to run multiple morning and afternoon routes.

Despite a “banner hiring year” for bus drivers, Clevenger said it hasn’t been enough to restore bus service to every family that wants it. Ideally, with existing routes, CCS would have 150 drivers. It currently has about 130.

In part to encourage additional applicants and increase retention, CCS bus operators received the highest percentage increase in salary of any employee group in the district this year. Drivers earn $118 per day for running two routes, with the option to earn an additional $50 by adding a third. The schedule is flexible, with drivers able to hire in the morning, afternoon or both. Some drivers take on additional roles, such as in the cafeteria or as a teaching assistant, to become a full-time employee at CCS.

Beresford encourages anyone interested in driving a bus to apply a month or more before the start of the next school year to ensure they have enough time to complete the training and certification process before classes start. of autumn.

He said improved technology has made driving a bus much easier than in the past.

“If you can drive an SUV around a roundabout, you can drive a bus,” Beresford said.

Provo, who lives about 1 mile from his daughter’s campus, said his neighborhood’s ride-sharing system has been working well, despite the challenges posed by late start days, ice delays and other schedule disruptions. . Ideally, however, she would like to see bus service restored.

“We make it work, but not everyone has (several) other families who are able to get together on a carpool schedule,” she said. “So I imagine it’s a lot more work for some families than it is for us.”

Anyone interested in becoming a bus driver for CCS can contact Clevenger at or by calling 317-844-8207.

Native-Led Spiritual Prayer Run Passes Through Provo | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 14 May 2022 01:32:07 +0000

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Runners from the nonprofit, Indigenous-led SLC Air Protectors raced through Provo on Friday in their third annual Running As Medicine prayer run.

The theme for this year’s 360-mile race was “Healing Our Mother — Healing Ourselves”, which focused not only on individual spiritual healing, but also on healing and restoring the planet. and social relationships.

“Running has traditionally been an integral part of the well-being of body and mind in Indigenous communities. This drug is especially needed now after years of economic and environmental challenges and isolation caused by the pandemic,” reads a press release distributed by SLC Air Protectors. “This year’s theme, Healing Our Mother – Healing Ourselves, aims to raise awareness of the interconnected nature of individuals, community and the planet. Efforts to heal one inherently help restore others.

The race began Tuesday at the base of Bears Ears National Monument, which served as a traditional gathering place for the Hopi, Dine, Ute, Paiute and Zuni peoples. It will end Saturday at Warm Springs Park in Salt Lake City, which has cultural and historical significance to the Ute, Paiute and Shoshone nations.

Herbert Stash, a member of the Navajo Nation, is an experienced marathon runner, but what sets a prayer run apart from any typical run is its immense spiritual significance.

“We strongly believe that running is also a kind of prayer,” Stash said. “So when I do these prayer races, it’s always a different experience. For me, I always feel like there’s…a healing part.

For Stash, he not only ran for the healing of Mother Earth, but for the healing of all the mothers in his life.

“Our mother is the Earth we run on, so we pay homage and honor her too,” Stash said. “All the mothers related to us or not, we always call them our mothers or our grandmothers. And to me, that says a lot about how we show respect to our mothers.

Stash also ran to raise awareness for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Movement, which highlights the human rights crisis of disproportionate violence suffered by Indigenous women in the United States and Canada. This cause is particularly important to Stash – he is currently helping his sister search for his missing aunt.

“She is one of those cases, along with many other cases on the Navajo reservation that have not been resolved,” he said. “So we’re just raising awareness.”

Gaby Alcala, an indigenous woman from Mexico, traveled from California to attend the prayer run. Alcala runs because she strongly believes in the importance of loving and respecting the Earth.

“We are just visitors to the Earth, the Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth,” she said. “We need to come and leave our footprints not in a trashy way, but in a way that we can support our families and teach them to respect Mother Earth”

The prayer run also focused on strengthening relationships between native communities and people living throughout Utah. Community members are invited to participate in the final leg of the journey. Those interested are encouraged to meet at Murray Park at 11 a.m. Saturday to travel with the runners to Warm Springs Park, where a final celebration will take place. More information on the final leg of the race can be found at

A virtual attendance option is also available. Individuals can photograph themselves running or walking and post it on social media along with their prayers, using the hashtags #SLCAirProtectors, #RunningAsMedicine and #HealingOurMotherHealingOurselves.

SLC Air Protectors was founded in 2017 following protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

“The Elders made the request when breaking camp, ‘to return home and work in your area,’ reads a press release distributed by SLC Air Protectors. “Our founders chose to focus on air quality issues and our mission is to protect the natural environment and support the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous peoples as stewards of the land.”


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Utah County lawyer travels to Ukraine to help anonymous donor find 500 families to support Thu, 12 May 2022 04:39:22 +0000

Utah County District Attorney David Leavitt speaks during a news conference in Provo January 23, 2019. Leavitt is traveling to Ukraine to help an anonymous donor select 500 families to support for an entire year. (Kristin Murphy, KSL)

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PROVO – Utah County District Attorney David Leavitt travels to Ukraine to help an anonymous donor select 500 families to support for an entire year.

“He wants to be generous, but he doesn’t necessarily want the credit for it,” Leavitt said.

Find 500 families to support

To help with this generous donation, Leavitt will be on the ground in Ukraine trying to identify these 500 families. Once families are identified, Leavitt says Visa gift cards will be provided to each family for immediate financial assistance until bank accounts can be opened.

“Really what we’re trying to do is humanize what’s going on in people’s lives,” he said.

Leavitt is more than familiar with the war-torn country; it’s almost a home away from home for Leavitt and his wife. For 14 years (2004 to 2018), they worked on legal reform efforts in Ukraine as part of the Leavitt Institute for International Development.

“Our role was to teach jury trial and American criminal law at 35 law schools across Ukraine and Moldova,” Leavitt said.

While there, the Leavitts made many friends and even have a home there.

“kyiv is as much a hometown for us as Provo or Salt Lake,” he said.

Second trip to Ukraine

This is the second trip to Ukraine this year for Leavitt. He says he was there just before the Russian invasion to take care of some personal family matters, concerning their house.

“And now we’re going back to help our friends and other refugees,” Leavitt said.

The process of identifying the families who will be supported represents a colossal undertaking.

“We take requests and hear stories and try to identify people who have lost everything,” he said.

However, getting to Ukraine will not be easy. Leavitt says he will first fly from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam. From there it will fly to Romania and travel overland to Ukraine.

Leavitt says he accepts donations, and it can be done by clicking here.*

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Humans of the U: Robert Olsen Tue, 10 May 2022 19:09:57 +0000

“I grew up in Provo, Utah. After graduating from Provo High School, I attended Brigham Young University for two years while living at home. When I changed my major to architecture, I transferred to the University of Utah, where I graduated in 1966. At that time, the School of Architecture was housed in some of the old Fort Douglas WWII barracks.

I was a first generation college graduate in my family. My dad, Kenneth Olsen, didn’t graduate from high school because he had to work on the family farm. My mother, Sarah Olsen, spent two years at BYU and taught for a few years. When she married my father, she became a full-time housewife. I don’t remember any discussion in my family about whether my siblings and I would go to college; the discussion was always about where we would go and what we would study.

A happy life

“I met my wife, Jody Olsen, at University College. We got married in 1964 when we were both students with limited financial resources. We lived well because my parents visited me every two weeks, bringing a “care package” with a loaf of homemade bread from my mother, canned or fresh fruits and vegetables, and frozen roasts and steaks, mostly from my father’s farm.

I remember there was a lot of camaraderie and mutual support between the architecture students at the University of the University. For example, most of the time there was a student volleyball game, even in the middle of winter in the snow, to help us relax and release ourselves. tension. My friendship with other students has been a very positive part of my university experience.

After graduating, Jody and I joined the Peace Corps in Tunisia. After Peace Corps, we moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where I worked as a planner and architect and where our children grew up until the family moved to Togo for two years. I also lived for more than a year in Jamaica and Sri Lanka and worked as an international consultant in many developing countries around the world.

My wife and I divorced years ago when I came out as a gay man. Jody and I are best friends, see each other regularly and vacation together. We consider ourselves a family. I married Bruce Swanson a few years after gay marriage became legal. Before we met, Bruce and I were both runners, and we always try to stay active and healthy. We set a goal when we came together to run a marathon across all continents, which we completed. Bruce is now working on a goal of running 200 marathons/ultra-marathons which he hopes to achieve in October. I walk/run mostly 10Ks and half marathons now, but try to complete one marathon a year to see how old I can still run a marathon. In the summer of 2021, I completed my 82 year marathon. Now I hope to complete my 83-year-old marathon this summer.

give back

“Before he died, my father set up a family partnership with his farmland. The family recently sold land and I decided to give an inclusive scholarship to the College of Architecture + Planning which I named after my parents. I honor them with this EDI scholarship which will have a positive impact on aspiring architecture students.

-Robert Olsen, alumnus of the University of Utah School of Architecture

Other districts are now stepping up to help Weber Basin Water Conservancy Fri, 06 May 2022 23:37:56 +0000

LAYTON, Utah — Weber Basin Water Conservancy District and its customers face extreme challenges amid Utah’s historic drought. None of Utah’s water agencies have a surplus. But, those who have more are ready to help Weber Basin Water, which needs it most.

Weber Basin has only about 15% of its average water supply this year. But several agencies have come together to come up with a unique solution to help Weber Water.

“With the drought, we have been really worried about our future water supplies, and have been for a long time,” said Darren Hess, deputy district superintendent of Weber Basin Water Conservancy.

So they approached the Provo River Water Users Association to purchase up to 20,000 acres of their water and keep it on the Weber River, instead of diverting it to the Provo River. That’s enough water to fill a small reservoir like Rockport.

“We’ve worked long and hard over the last year or so to get this agreement between seven, eight parties,” Hess said.

This includes the Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, Salt Lake and Sandy Metropolitan Water District, Provo River Water Users, and Jordan Valley Water. The Central Utah Water Conservancy District manages this water and has permitted this purchase.

“They are the ones who sell the water from the Weber Basin and then they release water to the Provo River water users so that the Provo River always has its water,” the GM assistant said.

A unique arrangement will allow shareholders of the Provo Association to draw water from the Strawberry Reservoir through a system of pipes and tunnels operated by Central Utah Water.

“Because we have so little water on this side this year, we thought if we could work with these agencies on this side, and they are willing to do that, that would really help us.”

Delivery of this water into the Weber Basin system will be at the Weber-Provo Canal near Francis, above Jordanelle Reservoir.

Aware of its extreme shortfall, Weber Water has already implemented unprecedented watering restrictions. But that doesn’t change any of those restrictions in place for the season.

“Without this purchase, we would have even more restrictions than we currently have,” Hess said. “So that allows us to be able to deliver at least the water that we have to deliver.”

Thus, the Provo River Water Users Association will not have less water than expected. It is not excess water. It is water shared with those who have the least.

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District has the ability to purchase this water for the next seven years.

‘This is our home’: New director of player personnel brings Power 5 experience to BYU Thu, 05 May 2022 02:35:27 +0000

BYU fans celebrate after winning an NCAA college football game against Utah at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, September 11, 2021. BYU won 26-17. (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)

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PROVO — Justin Anderson has a pretty straightforward way of describing his job as the new director of player personnel for Kalani Sitake’s football support staff at BYU.

“It’s like a general manager at the NFL level,” he said evenly.

Simple enough in a world ruled by the growing emergence of the NCAA transfer portal, isn’t it? Anderson is the guy in charge of balancing the spreadsheet, filling roster spots and checking scholarship limits, making sure the number of incoming rookies matches – or at least doesn’t exceed – the outgoing players. and graduates.

It runs the portal, like all programs, and coordinates arrival times on campus for each football player, determining when the eligibility “clock” can start and when it ends. Add to that the missionary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which reaches players from several colleges, but none higher than those from the church’s flagship institution.

Simple enough, right? Anything else you want to add?

Perhaps add name, image and likeness legislation, which radically reshapes the way rosters are run on a day-to-day basis – often working in tandem with the transfer portal, as recent players have shown college basketball courts across the country.

“I think it’s just a matter of balancing your roster,” Anderson said. “The Transfer Portal and NIL are here to stay, so it’s just a matter of who fits your program and what kind of culture you’re trying to build. Culture is most important for every program.”

In his new (and also returning) role at BYU, Anderson will work under Sitake’s support staff, working closely with recruiting coordinator Jasen Ah You and other personnel managers while reporting directly to the chief of staff. Jon Swift.

It’s all designed to take what BYU has been able to do so far – be competitive among the Power Five, if not always spectacular – and be consistent with that. And if you want a director of player personnel or a “general manager” like you find in the Power Five, then why not get one with experience in the Power Five?

“He’s been a coach before, he was a teammate of mine, and he knows what the BYU experience is,” Sitake said of Anderson. “But he also has the experience of seeing what it is at the P5 level, and more recently when he was hired quickly at East Carolina.

“We spoke to people in East Carolina, asked permission to speak to him to gauge his interest, and as we spoke with him, we knew he would be a good fit here and with this support staff. I think that “There are still a number of people who can really improve this program; that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Anderson was among eight new recruits and staff promotions announced Monday by BYU, a group that included six promotions within BYU athletics to roles more directly associated with the football program, as well as the hiring of a former rising star equipment manager of the Mountain West via Fresno State and UNLV.

Although Anderson is officially a new recruit, he is not new to the program. And there’s nowhere else the former Orem High star would rather be.

“This is my home,” Anderson said. “My family is here. I was really grateful to coach with (ECU coach Mike Houston) in East Carolina, and I learned a lot in three months. But when that opportunity came, he gave me good advice and really supported me. It’s not easy for him either.”

Anderson, who played wide receiver at BYU and Ricks College from 1995-2002 (with a stint in San Antonio in between), worked across the country from offensive coordinator at Harmony High School in St. Cloud, Florida shortly after graduating with a communications grad in 2002 to become an assistant head coach, passing play coordinator and wide receivers/tight ends coach at Nicholls State from 2010-15.

Nicholls State assistant coach Justin Anderson talks to a player during a game against Oregon in 2013.
Nicholls State assistant coach Justin Anderson talks to a player during a game against Oregon in 2013. (Photo: Misty Leigh McElroy, Nicholls Athletics via Deseret News)

After returning to his alma mater as recruiting coordinator in 2015, Anderson followed former coach Bronco Mendenhall east to Virginia to work in the same role, coordinating program recruiting and identifying, evaluating and retaining potential athletes for the football program.

Under Anderson, the Cavaliers produced the two highest-ranked signing classes in program history, helping Mendenhall earn bowl eligibility for four of his five years at the helm, including an Orange Bowl berth. in 2019.

When Mendenhall abruptly quit after the 2021 season, Anderson (along with the rest of the Virginia staff) was left to the wind. He took a job with East Carolina, where he worked hard for three months, before personnel reorganizations in preparation for BYU’s jump to the Big 12 opened up an opportunity for him to come home.

It’s not an easy task for Anderson either. He’s tasked with preparing a roster to join a Power Five conference for the first time in the program’s history, where an increase in television revenue awaits him – but also an increased and constant level of competition.

How does Anderson think BYU will acclimate to the P5 ranks? Pretty good, if the past is to be believed — he saw firsthand how close the Cougars could be to “Power Five” when he returned to Provo for Virginia’s 66-49 loss at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

“Last year when we played them I thought they looked great,” he said. “They managed to beat the Power Five programs, so they have a Power Five list. You can’t beat those teams without a Power Five list.”

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No BYU, Notre Dame is definitely not your friend (or your peer) Tue, 03 May 2022 11:29:19 +0000

Is there anything sadder than unrequited love? For years, we’ve heard complaints and moans from the BYU Cougars about a schedule contract with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. There was a six-game contract signed before 2011 which allowed the Irish to play two of those games in Provo. That’s obviously not going to happen now, and BYU faithful are still trying to face reality.

So… I think we can just go ahead and kick reality out of the conversation here because Mr. McCann doesn’t live there.

He’s right, however, Notre Dame is not BYU’s friend. BYU fans have an inflated sense of the value of their football program, and their move to independence is proof of that. While selling the move to fans and the media, just about every other word that came out of their mouths was “Notre Dame.” They were going to be Our Lady of the West or some weird shit like that.

But they’re not — and never could be — and their future move to the Big 12 only amplifies that fact. It was too difficult because there is simply no interest nationally. While BYU can tap into its LDS membership, no one hates them as much as they hate Notre Dame for having any real relevance as a high-profile independent program. The fact that they are counting on the help of Our Lady as a friend or – mother of God – as a big brother is simply incredibly naive and stupid. Before the contract they are hugging so dearly arrived, the two schools had a grand total of 6 games played between them.

McCann goes on to further fan the flames of Cougar passions that the Irish must be afraid to travel to Provo to play a game because of the loss in 2004. Fear – to play BYU. Yeah, they must be scared of BYU as they sign home and away deals with the Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas A&M Aggies, Ohio State Buckeyes and other – you know – real cream puffs in the sport of college football.

To be perfectly honest, if I was a BYU fan, I’d be pretty pissed at Notre Dame, too, for breaking the deal – but I wouldn’t start acting like a little baby to desperately try to be seen as a little brother. It’s just pathetic. It’s bad enough that Notre Dame has a wookie life debt with the Navy. They are not in the market for another stage 5 clinger.

BYU wants to be in the big boy conversation but is acting like a child trying to make it happen. The main reason the ND/BYU contract won’t be tracked through and through is the conference realignment that began in 2010 and continues to this day. Everywhere, schedules and contracts have torn apart as the sport has evolved over the past decade.

And if you really think about it (and it really shouldn’t be that hard), BYU has finally worked its way up the power structure with its acceptance into the Big 12. It’s the perfect place to find Cougar friends. You can’t have the “do you want to be my big brother?” freelancer mentality – it’s just silly.

Deliver sand.

After nearly 3 years, BYU women’s rugby breaks through for ‘repeatable’ national title Sun, 01 May 2022 15:41:53 +0000

BYU players celebrate a try against Central Washington during a game, Oct. 16, 2021 in Provo. The Cougars captured a second straight CRAA Division I spring championship on Saturday with an 80-7 victory over Virginia Tech in Houston. (Rebeca Fuentes, Photo BYU)

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PROVO — For three years, Tom Waqa’s club had to wait for a chance to defend their title.

Two years ago, the top-ranked BYU women’s rugby team qualified for the 2019 CRAA Division I Spring Championship in a world that looks a lot different than the one they live in now.

The College Rugby Association of America, which operates college rugby in partnership with USA Rugby, has canceled the 2020 championships following the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, the Cougars were still unable to compete due to virus restrictions.

Finally given their chance to compete, BYU made short work of the competition — including in Saturday’s Finals, when the Cougars won 80-7 over Virginia Tech in the Spring Championship game. of Division I at AVEVA Stadium in Houston.

“They played for each other. There were seven seniors who were last paying. They wanted to come out and leave everything on the court today,” BYU coach Tom Waqa told “It’s been a long season, since the fall and trying to do a season together. It’s exhausting. But you can tell they wanted to keep going.

“No one gave up, and I’m really proud of them for holding on, playing for each other and finishing the job in style.”

Freshman Kambria Hartrick scored two tries to secure a 49-0 first-half start for BYU, whose lead grew to 68-0 en route to the program’s 20th national title and second since he left DI Elite after the 2018 season.

If the Cougars were nervous before the game, they weren’t.

“Kambria carried the ball and broke a lot of tackles on the way to the line,” Waqa said of his first-year prop who was named League Game MVP. “Before the game she was a bit nervous; it was the first title for many of these women. They had to calm their nerves. But after the first 10 minutes they got to work.

“I think Kambria’s try was the moment. When she scored under the post, it was special. It just defined the season for us.”

Virginia Tech’s Kathryn Santus hit a turnover and split the amounts to put the Hokies on the board, 68-7 midway through the second half. But opener Matalasi Morisette scored on a 70th-minute penalty restart to help the Cougars take a 73-7 lead to get to the finish.

The Cougars cruised through the Division I tournament, the second tier of women’s college rugby under D1 Elite, beating Washington 80-3 in the quarterfinals before a 67-3 rout of the Grand Canyon in the semifinals.

Lindenwood won their fourth straight title in the D1 Elite Final at Houston Rugby Weekend, and Claremont College won the Division II Spring title. Army beat Saint Mary’s 20-8 in the men’s D1A final later on Saturday.

With the win, BYU finished 11-0 in the spring and hasn’t lost since back-to-back losses to Lindenwood and Life University in October.

“There’s a lot of turnover with this program at BYU,” Waqa said. “But you build, and on game day you have confidence that the girls will do their best. That’s what they did today.”

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Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce’s new CEO has big plans for the community | News, Sports, Jobs Fri, 29 Apr 2022 21:16:23 +0000

Courtesy of Randi Kaufman, RK Creative Studios

Kathleen Leavitt is the new CEO of the Spanish Fork/Salem Region Chamber of Commerce.

Provo resident Kathleen Leavitt recently accepted the position of CEO and President of the Spanish Fork/Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber officially opened the job in November 2021, but Leavitt didn’t apply for the job until early March. At the time, Leavitt was surprised that the position had not yet been filled. She said she believed it was meant for her. Leavitt’s official start date was April 18.

“It’s kind of a fun story,” Leavitt said. “I had never aspired to do this kind of work before. I have always been in the hospitality and customer service industry. I’ve been a bartender, trainer and manager before, which has taught me a lot about people and what they do and don’t like.

Three years ago she started working for Lion’s Pride Insurance in Spanish Fork. Her position was originally for customer service, but she had the opportunity to gradually evolve into a marketing and networking representative for the insurance company.

“I never really thought about what I wanted to do before because no one had really asked me until then,” Leavitt said. “I always did what I was told. Getting the freedom to do what I wanted for the first time in my life was amazing. I started moving into marketing and networking for the agency. It really started to flourish for the business, and I realized how much I loved it and how good I was at it.

Leavitt began to connect with the chamber as a participating member through the insurance company. It was at a chamber meeting she attended that she first heard chamber board members announce details about the CEO job.

“They were saying they really wanted the CEO to have a big presence in the community,” she said. “This person needed to be active in the community and meet new businesses. They were looking for someone who was very proactive in finding new ways to engage local businesses.

“As they were reading the job description, I heard a small voice in my heart saying, ‘You should apply for this job.’ At the time, I didn’t think about it because I loved my current job.

Two months after hearing about the chamber’s position, Leavitt was faced with a choice to make. Lion’s Insurance needed her to shift gears and return to her customer service role or find another opportunity elsewhere, according to Leavitt.

“It was what the company needed, but I sat there and was shocked,” she said. “I didn’t see it coming, but I knew I had a choice to make. The thought of going back to customer service freaked me out, and I knew in my soul that I didn’t want to do that, so I left. Later that evening, I wondered if the chamber had already found someone for the position of CEO.

Her short stay in this position allowed her to meet people and companies with whom she will work. The working days were filled with numerous meetings, workshops and community engagements.

Leavitt said she’s excited to make a difference in the community and has a few ideas for things she’d like to improve on the room. Its main objective will be to change the public’s perspective on being a member of a chamber.

“I want to make the chamber members more admirable,” she said. “I don’t want anyone to become a chamber member because they’re supposed to. I want to increase the value of the members so that they are something between the aspiration and the elite.

“I don’t just want to fill in a status quo. I want to launch legendary events and create opportunities that people talk about for years to come. I want to create new traditions and increase the value of the chamber for our local businesses.

Leavitt said she loves Spanish Fork because it’s a community that has struck the perfect balance between embracing change and honoring traditions. She looks forward to further integrating into the community.


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