An enhanced security policy for athletic facilities/venues will go into effect beginning with the 2003 football season at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Many items, including backpacks, food and drink, large signs, and video cameras will not be allowed into the stadium to help ensure the safety of fans, players, and coaches.
The Cougars finished the 2002–03 season with a 23-9 overall record, earning a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season title with Utah. BYU lost to No. 5-seed Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Mark A. Bigelow, ’04, became BYU’s all-time three-point leader during the season.
All-American guard Erin L. Thorn, ’03, is the first Cougar to play in the WNBA. Thorn, the 16th overall pick in the draft, was chosen by the New York Liberty.
Offensive lineman Dustin J. Rykert, ’02, is now an Oakland Raider—the 31st pick in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL draft. Tight end Spencer E. Nead, ’02, the only other Cougar taken in the draft, was selected in the seventh round by the New England Patriots. Five other BYU players signed free-agent contracts.
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The BYU women’s softball team ended its season with a record 36 wins. They had the 10th-best batting average in the country at .305 and the ninth best scoring average at 5.81 runs per game. Oli Keohohou, ’04, was named a First-Team All-American for the third consecutive season.