Cougar football traditions


With the move to independence comes a new opportunity for BYUtv, which this season is offering a live football pre-game show, The Zions Direct Countdown to Kickoff.

According to a BYUtv news release, the hour-long show will provide Cougar football fans across the nation with expert analysis and insight into players, opponents and game strategies. Special guests and ESPN announcers will offer in-depth features and game breakdowns. The show also features a countdown clock leading right up to game time so fans won’t miss kickoff.

The new show was created by former ESPN SportsCenter producer Mikel Minor and is co-hosted by longtime college football announcer McCann and former Cougar football player Alema Harrington. Veteran sports reporter Kathy Aiken and football analysts Blaine Fowler and Gary Sheide provide in-depth features and game analyses.

“The Zions Direct Countdown to Kickoff is another example of the synergy that is building between athletics and BYUtv,” said Tom Holmoe, BYU director of athletics, in the release. “BYUtv provides us opportunities that are groundbreaking in the world of college sports. We look forward to working closely with BYUtv as we create exciting new programming for Cougar Nation.”

For every away game, 250 fans will have the opportunity to attend the live pre-game show in the new BYU Broadcasting building. And after every live game on ESPN, BYUtv will also air a live post-game show with game highlights, recaps and a press conference with head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

The Zions Direct Countdown to Kickoff premieres Saturday at 2 p.m. on BYUtv and is also available to watch on and through the BYUtv app on iPad and iPhone.

— Daily Universe Staff


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