BYU Cougars is an abbreviation for Brigham Young University football team called the Brigham Young University Cougars. The University is located in Provo, Utah. This football team currently plays in Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I in National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Mountain West Conference.
The University formed its football team with the name BYU Cougars formally in 1922, before which the team appeared briefly from 1896 till 1903 when it was discontinued. In the initial years, there was not much of success for the team before 1928 when they hired G. Ott Romney who brought the team towards track of success. It was after World War II that the team played some seasons exceptionally well, thus bringing titles as well as reputation as a competitive team.
During the period of 1957 to 1971, there were some star players that contributed a lot towards establishing this team as one of the tougher football teams in its conference. Prominent names include Jared Stephens, Gavin Anae and Virgil Carter. The team had Hal Kopp as its head coach whose endeavors made the officials take this team seriously, and show some commitment towards promotion and development of football. This fact manifested in construction of Cougars’ Stadium in 1964 that could accommodate over 30,000 spectators.
The University hired LaVell Edwards as its football coach in 1962, a move that later proved to be one of the most important ones in BYU Cougars history. Edwards was hired from Granite High School, Salt Lake City, Utah and led the team towards its path to success. Another important development in min 1960s was the construction of letter Y from BYU near campus, having a height of over 322 feet. The letter Y also appeared on Cougars helmets that year, and became a symbol for the University.
LaVell Edwards was made the Head Coach in 1972 and played a key role in improvement of the team. His efforts subsequently led to BYU Cougars winning 1984 National Championship and thus becoming a national champion teams not a member of Bowl Championship Series participants. Following years brought some more success to the team as Cougars claimed victory over reputable teams like Michigan Wolverines. Their National Championship title was also questioned by several critics with an argument that BYU Cougars did not follow a formal schedule for college football season, although this argument was not given much significance and almost unanimously BYU Cougars were declared National Champions for that year.
Last few years of 20th century proved to be some of the best years for BYU Cougars as far as talent is concerned. The team in 1996 is still believed to be one of the best combinations ever, thereby proving to be one of the toughest teams for others to play with. It was possible only because of the efforts by LaVell Edwards as their coach. His services were acknowledged by the management and Cougars Stadium was renamed after him as LaVell Edwards Stadium in 1999-2000. Subsequent years showed BYU Cougars some ups and downs, but the team learned from its mistakes. They also appeared in Bowl games, 29 in total, out of which, they won 11 and lost 17 games. Their teamwork and playing skills have also been acknowledged on greater scales, and they have won titles like Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien Award, Doak Walker Award, The Outland Trophy and Sammy Baugh Trophy. There is a Hall Of Fame that inducts players that have given extra ordinary performance for the team. Currently there are 7 players in Hall of Fame.
For any football fan who wants to enjoy quality football, BYU Cougars tickets assure an exhibition of teamwork and playing skills. A team with great sports history and legendary players in their line-up has the potential to create upsets, and this fact makes all their games worth watching.