Medlin redshirt a gamble

LOGAN – One year ago, Preston Medlin was a key contributor as a freshman during the non-conference part of Utah State’s schedule. Last week, Medlin didn’t suit up in the Aggies’ exhibition game against Laval because the Utah State coach wants to redshirt the sophomore guard. It is interesting with exhibition games, if you are a first-year player, either high school or junior college, you can play in … Continue reading»

Losing Matt Ah You

Former BYU linebacker Matt Ah You was expected to be a key contributor at USU this fall as a veteran presence and a leader. But after a nagging shoulder injury has kept him from being a part of many practices, the decision was made late last week to end his season and career. “We lost Matt with a shoulder injury. He is not going to be here. Yesterday … Continue reading»

USU boosters gather without Barnes

Typically booster club luncheons are an athletic director’s playground. Lots of friendly faces, fat wallets and rah-rah atmosphere make such gatherings one of the easiest parts of the job. Which makes it odd that USU athletic director Scott Barnes was not in attendance Monday at the Salt Lake City Homewood Suites when Aggie football coach Gary Andersen met with dozens of fans and a few media members. Barnes, … Continue reading»

Aggies shift gears to game week

Tired of all the conference expansion/contraction/implosion talk? So are the Aggies. It’s game week at Utah State as the football team shifts gears and begins some intense focus on playing at No. 7 Oklahoma on Saturday. USU coach Gary Andersen and the team wrapped up fall camp last week and can’t wait to take the field against the Sooners. “It was great the last couple of days to … Continue reading»

Y. to WAC deal not dead, yet

As bleak as the outlook may seem at the moment, a source familiar with the negotiations between BYU and the WAC that nearly brought the Cougars back to the conference said talks continue and that ESPN is still in the picture.There are, however, numerous scenarios that might play out.The source said BYU is still virtually committed to going independent in football but is negotiating its best scenario for … Continue reading»

Utah State vs. USC in 2013

Utah State has its ‘money’ game set up for the 2013 season. According to USU, the Aggies and Trojans will meet in a scheduling arrangement that will also benefit Utah State’s basketball program. USC will visit the Spectrum for a basketball game in 2012 and USU will make a return trip to Southern California the next season. That bit of news helps fill out the non-conference schedule nicely … Continue reading»

Waiting hardest part for USU, BYU fans

Patience. That, after the confusing, befuddling and anxiety-riddled week that has just passed, is what is needed. According to a well-placed source at Utah State, the Aggies are — as I reported last Thursday, — still trying to work miracles and find a way into the Mountain West if possible — and if needed. But even with a September 1 deadline for BYU to declare its intentions in … Continue reading»

The WAC buyout clause

I’ve received a few requests for details on the buyout contract agreed to and/or signed by the eight members of the WAC. All eight verbally agreed to sign it, but Nevada’s president did not. Here’s the information provided by my source from the early draft. Upon agreement of the conditions of this MOU, WAC members and BYU will enter into a contract that prohibits any current WAC member … Continue reading»

USU hoops: What happens?

We all know Utah State has been in the middle of a game of conference chess where one move impacts several others. Nearly lost in the football-heavy discussions are the impacts on basketball and other sports. True to his roots, ESPN’s Andy Katz makes sure we don’t forget. “The shuffling between the MWC and the WAC may not move the BCS meter one bit for an automatic berth … Continue reading»

WAC, BYU and the prenup

Seven days ago the Western Athletic Conference was about to undergo a major facelift. Instead, it’s not limping along with some serious bags under the eyes. Here’s the latest bit of information that lets us know just how close that whole BYU-to-the-WAC story was to actually happening. Essentially, it’s the prenuptial agreement BYU and the WAC came up with before Fresno State and Nevada got cold feet. According … Continue reading»