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Cougs on Cougs: Exploring new NCAA rule interpretations that may affect BYU Basketball

Jess and Mary break down some new rule interpretations that will factor into BYU Basketball’s season and Couch Coach with a guest who was at the Cincinnati game.

BYU v Mississippi
Corbin Kaufusi defends a Mississippi State player in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
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After a long sixteen days off, the BYU Football team was back in action against Cincinnati last Saturday, taking down the Bearcats 20-3. But after the tease of that first exhibition game, BYU Basketball was off last week. Naturally we’re looking forward to the next few weeks when there will be plenty of BYU football AND basketball to watch! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves—time for Coaching from the Couch!


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This week Coach Tyler and Coach Blanchard were joined by Coach Gabby Riley, who was in Cincinnati for the Cougars’ first-ever football game in the state of Ohio. We got Gabby’s take on the atmosphere, as well as her thoughts on what went well and what could have gone better. In the end, it was a 17-point win and the Cougars are one game away from bowl eligibility.

With the official start of the basketball season just around the corner, we bring you a Cougs in the Classroom segment regarding changes to rule interpretations. If you watched the Cougar Tipoff or the exhibition game against Seattle Pacific University, you know that a lot of fouls were called—70 total in that first exhibition game. Last season, the NCAA implemented several rule changes aimed at “reducing physicality to create freedom of movement.” While no new rules were added this year, the way they will be interpreted by officials will be a little different. Officials will focus on physical post play, movement within the restricted area arc under the basket, and allowing offensive players enough vertical space to make a “normal basketball play.” We explain these changes and how they may ultimately improve the game by reducing the incentive to draw charges or flop.

As always, we round up this week’s news from the BYU social mediasphere in our Talk of the Town segment, including a Kaufusi running for mayor of Provo, two former BYU Basketball players meeting up in Boston, and an update on the return of one of BYU Football’s scariest players!

Coming up, the BYU Basketball team is in action against BYU-Hawaii on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and FCS team Southern Utah University comes to town to play BYU Football on Saturday. Could this be our first chance to see Tanner Mangum running Ty Detmer’s offense? Stay tuned.

About the Show

Cougars on Cougars is a weekly YouTube show in which Jess and Mary, two "dyed in the wool, true blue, through and through" BYU fans discuss the happenings of BYU football and basketball on—and off—the field and court.

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