Rules of the road: Little-known facts about the BYU volleyball team

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  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 14, 2014 2:49 p.m.


    You obviously don't know much about volleyball because there are 37 NCAA-santioned Men's Volleyball teams in the Eastern, Midwestern, and Mountain-Pacific volleyball conferences, not including four Independents, and three teams that will be joining the conferences next season.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    April 14, 2014 2:37 p.m.


    There are only 4 FBS schools and only 13 Division 1 schools that compete in coed skiing, so you can be ranked in the Top 7 in coed skiing and still not be in the top 50% of Division 1 programs.

    Seven schools - Denver(22), Colorado(19), Utah(10), Vermont(6), Dartmouth(3), Wyoming(2), and New Mexico(1) - account for every NCAA skiing championship since 1954, when the first championship was awarded.

    btw, notice the glaring lack of power house athletic programs like UCLA, USC, Stanford, Ohio State, and Penn State that do compete in Men's Volleyball.

  • LoveTheKittens Central, UT
    April 11, 2014 8:49 p.m.

    Here's another one, there are less than 2 dozen schools with teams. Therefore, you can be ranked (only 15 teams) but you are still not in the top 50%. A team could even have a losing record and be ranked.

  • vangroovin West Jordan, UT
    April 11, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    Now that college athletes are "celebrities" and "employees" in addition to being students, where much is given, much is expected. Being a former college athlete myself I understand both sides to the equation. The coach wants you to perform, but you're wanting to have fun in a different place while on the road. The balance is tough to find sometimes, but players have to keep in mind the bigger picture of why they are out there. BYU has a special mission to perform. Excellence is expected. When that excellence is achieved, it brings good results on all sides of the event, athlete and spectator alike. Go Cougs!

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Proud to see the Cougars have the courage to play road games. Maybe another in-state team could learn a lesson here.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 11, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    Kind of concerned about the 2 eggs the Cougars laid in Hawaii. BYU in all sports have struggled with the distraction that goes along with playing in Hawaii. And Hawaii was fighting for a playoff spot and BYU was playing for, well, nothing really. Clearly different motivations. But it looks like BYU (on a downward trend) will be playing either Hawaii (who seems to be peaking at the end of the season) or UCLA (who gave BYU everything they could handle at the Smith Fieldhouse) in the first round of the MPSF Tournament.

  • A_Chinese_American Cedar Hills, UT
    April 11, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    Cougarss, please work a little bit harder and a little bit smarter this weekend, AND bring two wins home. I know you guys work extremely hard in this competition session, but two morw wins will be gtreater for fans to enjoy!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 11, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    Not concerned, but after a bit of a let down in Hawaii, it would be nice to see BYU win a match or two this weekend in California to gain some momentum heading into the MPSF playoffs.