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BYU ushers in new ESPN, independent era with media day

Unintentionally, BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall stole the headlines at the Cougars’ heavily planned football media day Tuesday when the school was more interested in touting its eight-year agreement with sports television giant ESPN, pumping up its own television network’s capability of exposing its sports worldwide and showing off its expansive new broadcast center.

After a nationally televised opening — broadcast by BYUtv, of course — that featured Mendenhall, athletic director Tom Holmoe, ESPN vice president of programming Dave Brown and Derek Marquis of BYUtv discussing BYU’s first season as a football independent, and how at least eight of its 12 games, maybe more, will be televised by ESPN or one of its platforms, Mendenhall spilled the beans to reporters far away from television cameras.

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