Keeping Score: New high-definition LED video walls have replaced the aging scoreboards and video screens above the end zones at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Cheer Champs: The BYU Cheer Squad took first at the United Spirit Association’s 2012 USA Collegiate Championships. International Title? Czech: The Cougarettes won the Grand Prix, the top award given, at the 2012 New Prague Dance Festival—the Cougarettes’ first international competition. They were also voted the most friendly squad.
Rivalry Hiatus:The University of Utah bowed out of the annual BYU–U of U rivalry football games in 2014 and 2015, as the U seeks to lighten its Pac-12 schedule. The two-year break interrupts rivalry face-offs that have taken place annually since 1946.
New Head Coach:Michael R. Littlewood (BS ’93) is now BYU’s head baseball coach. The former BYU third baseman coached 16 seasons at Dixie State, taking eight league titles and making it to four Junior College World Series.
First in the Nation: Zachary J. Blair (’13) ranked first in the nation in score versus par and second in scoring average in the 2011–12 season, making the PING All-America Third Team.
Standing Room Only: The BYU women’s soccer team led the NCAA in total home attendance with 31,697 fans filling the stands at South Field last season, and this season they broke BYU’s single-game attendance record, beating then–no. 7 Penn State at home in front of 4,922.
Track and Field
Track Champs: Shaquille B. Walker (’15) won the 800-meter final at the 2012 USA Junior Track and Field Championships. He and BYU signee Tanner J. Sork (’16) represented the United States at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, where Walker took seventh in the 800-meter semifinal.
International MVP: Outside hitter Taylor L. Sander (’14) was named tournament MVP at the Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic, where he helped the U.S. men’s volleyball team win gold.