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Get six decades worth of perspective on BYU sports with the Cougar Insiders podcast.

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    • 5.0, 28 Ratings

Get six decades worth of perspective on BYU sports with the Cougar Insiders podcast.

    Why opponents must pick their poison when defending this BYU basketball team

    Why opponents must pick their poison when defending this BYU basketball team

    The Cougars took care of business in their regular-season finale at Pepperdine Saturday, earning the No. 2 seed in the WCC Tournament and the three-game bye that accompanies it. Cougar Insiders Dick Harmon, Jay Drew and Brandon Gurney examine this team heading into postseason play and discuss what will be needed for it to make a run. They also address the Cougars’ mastery of the pick and roll and how BYU’s many offensive weapons create nightmares for opposing coaches. From there, the trio talks BYU basketball recruiting and looks ahead to spring football, which began Monday. What are the most interesting storylines to follow? That and more on this week’s episode.

    • 18 min
    Revisiting BYU’s big upset win over No. 2 Gonzaga. What it means to the program moving forward

    Revisiting BYU’s big upset win over No. 2 Gonzaga. What it means to the program moving forward

    In this edition of the Cougar Insiders podcast, Dick Harmon joins Jay Drew and Brandon Gurney in recapping the huge BYU upset over No. 2 Gonzaga last Saturday, and break down what bracketologists and matrix numbers mean for BYU’s NCAA Tournament hopes. The trio look at the standout memories of the win over the Zags, the setting, individual performances and what that win has done for the legacy of head coach Mark Pope. What might this game mean for recruits? They also set the stage for BYU football’s spring football. That and more on this week’s episode.

    • 18 min
    Why the Cougars have a puncher’s chance against the Zags

    Why the Cougars have a puncher’s chance against the Zags

    A big-time play at the end of the BYU-San Diego game Saturday preserved the Cougars’ six-game winning streak, and two days later BYU found itself in the AP Top 25 for the first time in nine years — checking in at No. 23. Cougar Insiders Jay Drew and Brandon Gurney break down last week’s road sweep and look ahead to this week’s games against Santa Clara (Thursday) and No. 2 Gonzaga (Saturday). Drew and Gurney discuss what will be needed for the Cougars to pull off an upset over the Zags. They also look ahead to BYU spring football, which BYU coaches say will include a “wide-open battle” at QB. That and more on this week’s episode.

    • 16 min
    Would Mark Pope be wise to borrow page from Rick Majerus’ playbook?

    Would Mark Pope be wise to borrow page from Rick Majerus’ playbook?

    BYU basketball coach Mark Pope called his team “dangerous” following last week’s victories over Portland and San Francisco. Whether the Cougars are or not, is there wisdom in underpromising and overdelivering? Cougar Insiders Jay Drew and Brandon Gurney also talk about Gavin Baxter’s return to the lineup (how big of lift will that be?), the strength of the WCC (is this more than a two-bid league?) and BYU football (why are the Cougars slipping when it comes to attracting the top local talent?) That and more on this week’s episode.

    • 14 min
    Bracketology, ‘Super’ Cougars and how a former Ute running back could help the BYU football team

    Bracketology, ‘Super’ Cougars and how a former Ute running back could help the BYU football team

    It was a big weekend for BYU basketball guard TJ Haws — first taking the game-deciding shot against Saint Mary’s then welcoming his first child into the world. Needless to say, both deliveries were a success. Cougar Insiders Dick Harmon and Jay Drew break down last week’s two BYU victories and discuss how the Cougars are trending in the right direction just past the midpoint of the WCC season. They also talk about former Utah running back Devonta’e Henry-Cole’s decision to trade in his red uniform for a blue one and how a pair of former Cougars — Andy Reid and Daniel Sorensen — earned Super Bowl rings on Sunday. That and more on this week’s episode.

    • 14 min
    Three losses that could come back to haunt BYU basketball team

    Three losses that could come back to haunt BYU basketball team

    Last week was a puzzling one for the BYU basketball team, with an impressive victory at Pacific followed by a disappointing loss at San Francisco. Cougar Insiders Dick Harmon, Jay Drew and Brandon Gurney look back at the Cougars’ split and debate how damaging the loss to the Dons was. They also talk about two other setbacks — games the Cougars were in position to win that slipped away — that could hurt the Cougars come NCAA tourney selection time. Other topics include BYU basketball commit Richie Saunders (the kid is special), Super Bowl participants Daniel Sorensen, Fred Warner and Andy Reid, and how the Cougars are faring heading into next week’s national signing day. That and more on this week’s episode. 

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

LOD23 ,

Go Cougs

I’m loving the show gentlemen. A ton of experience between the hosts. Looking forward to future episodes.

Son of Magnus ,

Love the insights

It feels like just sitting around talking BYU football with a few friends. These friends just happen to have more insight than most. I like the relatively short length too.

Vidikron25 ,

More BYU Talk!

I can’t get enough talk of BYU Sports, especially football! It is great to hear from a great group of men/media members who have followed BYU Athletics for years. Great stuff!

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