The signing period in college basketball has begun, and BYU is looking to bolster its roster.
Cougar coach Dave Rose made a scholarship offer to Western Nebraska Community College forward Hauns Brereton last weekend, but Brereton said he is planning to sign with Hawaii.
At BYU's annual basketball awards banquet Wednesday night, Rose announced that center James Anderson, a junior in eligibility, will not return to the team next season. He is set to graduate this spring and will pursue other opportunities. In addition to Anderson, the Cougars are losing Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery and Logan Magnusson to graduation, and Kyle Collinsworth to a mission. Collinsworth will serve in Russia.
Among those who attended the banquet was longtime associate head coach Dave Rice, who was named the head coach at UNLV on Monday. Rice is assembling his staff and he hired Justin Hutson, who was an assistant at Mountain West Conference rival San Diego State.
Before BYU announced it was going independent in football, there was speculation that the Cougars might receive an invitation to join the Big 12. Read here about the Big 12's new lucrative TV deal with Fox Sports.
Bad news for BYU's season-opening opponent, Ole Miss: Linebacker D.T. Shackelford suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in Monday's practice and will undergo surgery soon. He is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 months.