PROVO — BYU coach Kalani Sitake discussed potential changes to the football program in light of all the struggles encountered this season, but he won't focus on making those changes until after Saturday.
Saturday marks the final game of the year for the 3-9 BYU football team, with the team traveling to take on Hawaii.
“The goal is to go win the game,” Sitake said. “This is a regular game. It’s not a bowl game where there’s a lot of time to really have a lot of entertainment. We’re trying to make the best of it while we’re there and not have too much idle time.”
Sitake did mention on a couple of occasions that he knows what changes need to be made, but that he'll work to make those changes only when the season officially comes to a close.
"I know where we sit, and I know how to get it fixed, and how to improve," Sitake said. "And that's the goal — to get it to improve, but the main focus right now is to win this game, because it can help a lot."
Defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi agreed with his coach's assessment, stating the work done in the offseason could experience a lift should the Cougars win Saturday.
“If we win this game it kind of gets us off on the right foot and gets our mind right,” Kaufusi said.
LEAVING EARLY: The team will leave for the Hawaiian Islands on Wednesday, for the reason of history. Sitake and his staff looked over BYU's past games played at Hawaii over the years and saw the Cougar teams that left earlier than normal were the ones that fared better against the Rainbow Warriors.
As mentioned, the team won't be using the time in Hawaii as it would during a bowl week, but will take time to experience the beach and other activities.
RECRUITING HITS: Losing can affect recruiting, and it's something Sitake knows full well. The Cougar head coach was asked Monday how the team's nine losses have affected this year's upcoming recruiting class.
“I can’t say it hasn’t, (but) I don’t think it’s been a catastrophe as far as recruiting goes,” Sitake said. “Our recruiting is a little different than other places. There are guys who have been committed for years and are still committed. And there’s others that regardless of how the season is, that you’re always going to have a little attrition here and there. That’s how it is at every program.”
Letter of Intent Day won't just be reserved for the first Wednesday of February for the 2018 class, with the NCAA allotting an early signing period from Dec. 20-22, starting this year.