Thursday, September 10, 2009

My First BYU Football Practice-UPDATED

As you faithful readers know, I have become a writer for BYU's newspaper, The Daily Universe, and that I have been placed on the BYU football beat.

This meant that Monday at about 6:30 PM, I was standing outside the Indoor Practice Facility waiting to watch the last minutes of practice and then get interviews.

Not gonna lie, I was a bit star-struck at first. It's a huge building, the players are fully into practice and I'm standing there with a handful of other reporters waiting to talk to whoever I want.

Eventually, I found myself with a tape recorder in Andrew Rich's face (we talked one-on-one; I was the first reporter to get to him after being named MWC Defensive Player of the Week), Bronco Mendenhall's face (with everyone else there), and then Max Hall's face (ditto).

All that "work" resulted in this article, which appeared on the front page of Tuesday's DU.

Check back tomorrow for my preview of the Tulane game.
**UPDATE** Here's my game preview for BYU/Tulane this Saturday.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Music and the Blogged Word-September 6th Edition

Music for this blog post is provided by a group of BYU fans in Dallas over the weekend.

Obviously, all the buzz in our neck of the woods is BYU's phenomenal win over Oklahoma last night. I wrote an article on the game which is now on the website for The Daily Universe.

Even after the game, you could tell that BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall had his priorities in order, and expressed hope that those back in Provo would, also.

At the end of his postgame radio show on KSL Radio, play-by-play man Greg Wrubell mentioned that the Cougars would probably make it back to Provo at about 2 AM or so. Mendenhall chuckled and said that he hoped there wouldn't be too many people out there so that they could get plenty of sleep and get to church in the morning.

Even though it's a half-joke, I found it fascinating that Bronco was still himself, even though this big event had just taken place. It didn't change him, make him power-hungry or prideful. He has his feet firmly on the ground.

That is why Bronco is here to stay.

Again we leave you, from within the shadows of the everlasting bookcases...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's Official: I'm a Reporter-UPDATED

As most of you faithful readers know, I have started the BYU school year. This is my first semester in the Print Journalism program, meaning that I will soon be writing regular stories in BYU's campus newspaper, The Daily Universe.

By soon, I mean right now.

My first article just went online in the last couple of hours and I believe it will be in Wednesday's paper. I've been told I am one of only two new reporters this semester to get into the paper this quickly. I'm downright giddy. Feel free to check it out.

UPDATE-2 Sep 09

Turns out that the article made the bottom of the front page. Not bad for my first week, if I say so myself.

The front page views might increase as the semester goes on, because I have been given the BYU football beat. It's a pretty heavy assignment, but I am up to the task.