PROVO — The airwaves will fill with chatter about the upcoming BYU football season on Friday, as the program holds its annual media day.
Here's a rundown of what fans need to know about the 2017 BYU Football Media Day, with a little over a month until fall camp opens.
What: BYU Football Media Day
When: Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: BYU Broadcast Building, Provo
On the air
— 9-10 a.m. MDT: BYU State of the Program, on BYUtv (as well as www.byutv.org), ESPN3/Watch ESPN and BYU Radio (Sirius XM Channel 143 and www.byuradio.org)
— 10 a.m.-noon: BYU Sports Nation Live, on BYUtv, ESPN3 and BYU Radio
— Noon-3 p.m.: Behind the Mic with Greg Wrubell, on BYU Radio
— 2-3 p.m.: The LaVell Edwards Coaching Tree, on BYUtv
Live web chat schedule, on www.byutv.org
— Tom Holmoe and Gary Zauner, 8 a.m.
— Brian Mitchell and Robbie Bosco, 8:15 a.m.
— Steve Kaufusi and Jernaro Gilford, 8:30 a.m.
Quarterback Tanner Magnum answers questions at last year's BYU Media Day on Thursday, June 30, 2016. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
— Tanner Mangum and Matt Hadley, noon
— Tuni Kanuch and Keyan Norman, 12:15 p.m.
— Jonny Linehan and Tanner Balderree, 12:30 p.m.
— Kesni Tausinga and Handsome Tanielu, 12:45 p.m.
— Jonah Trinnaman and Squally Canada, 1 p.m.
— Ed Lamb and Ilaisa Tuiaki, 1:15 p.m.
— Micah Hannemann and Dayan Ghanwoloku, 1:30 p.m.
— Fred Warner and Troy Warner, 1:45 p.m.
— Matt Hadley, 3 p.m. (in Portuguese)
— Moroni Laulu-Pututau and Rhett Almond, 3:10 p.m. (in Spanish)
— Kalani Sitake and Ty Detmer, 3:20 p.m.
The Deseret News will have five reporters on site to break down the day's news and discussion. Follow them on Twitter: Jeff Call (@AJeffreyCall), Dick Harmon (@Harmonwrites), Brandon Gurney (@BrandonCGurney), Brandon Judd (@brandonljudd) and Lafe Peavler (@LafePeavler).
Also, follow Deseret News Sports on Instagram at desnewssports for video clips from the event.
— Edwards coaching tree: The highlight of this year’s media day will be the afternoon show discussing the legacy of the late LaVell Edwards. Among those on hand for the event will be Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, a former Cougar and an Edwards protege, with appearances from several other prominent figures who learned from the Hall of Fame coach.
— RB talk: One of the most high-profile position battles heading into the 2017 football season for BYU is at running back. Junior Squally Canada appears to have the early edge at the position, after backing up all-time BYU leading rusher Jamaal Williams last year, but any news about the skill position will be at a premium.
— Bowl news and player availability: The offseason status of players to any information about a potential 2017 bowl option for BYU — currently the Cougars have no announced bowl tie-in for this season — will be among the topics discussed during the day’s proceedings. BYU coach Kalani Sitake has already voiced confidence that defensive end Sione Takitaki — who missed the 2016 season but is currently listed on the team's online roster — will be back on the field in the fall with BYU, but inevitably questions about player availability will arise.