BYU Cougarettes returning to the field next home game

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BYU’s Cosmo the Cougar performs with the BYU Cougarettes. The Cougarettes were unable to perform at last Saturday’s game against Southern Utah State. (Nate Edwards)

BYU Cougarettes were unable to perform on Saturday, Sept. 9’s game against Southern Utah University because of “poor communication,” according to Tom Holmoe, Director of BYU Athletics.

Former BYU Football player Houston Heimuli posted to X (formerly known as Twitter) on Sept. 8 that the Cougarettes could not perform their timeout number the weekend of the SUU game because of complaints regarding their music choices.

In the following tweets, Heimuli identified the Cougarettes’ Sept. 2 halftime performance to A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane” as the inciting incident. The song is explicit but had been edited for the performance and can be viewed on the BYU Cougarettes‘ official Instagram account.

Although Heimuli’s claims were not supported by a statement from the Cougarettes or BYU, the Cougarettes did not perform a timeout routine at the Sept. 9 game.

Tom Holmoe, Director of BYU Athletics, responded to Heimuli’s tweet by saying he will “take the blame on this one” for the “poor communication” that led to the Cougarettes not being able to perform.

Although the BYU athletic department said they will not be making another statement regarding the incident, Associate Athletic Director Jon McBride said the Cougarettes will perform at the next home game against the University of Cincinatti on Sept. 29.

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