A collection of shows featuring the KSL.com sports personalities you know and love, as well as a few of those you don't, bringing you insight into sports, pop culture and fandom in Utah and around the Wasatch Front.
Former Utah Warriors assistant coach Shawn Pittman was thrown into the deep end in January, tasked with taking over as interim manager of Utah's professional rugby franchise following the sudden resignation of Australian Wallabies legend Chris Latham. No experience, no training, no warning. Sink or swim in his first full-time head coaching job in Major League Rugby. Pittman -- and the Warriors -- chose to swim, surging into the Top 4 of the 12-team league and qualifying for Utah's first playoff berth since the league's inaugural season of 2018. Now the full-time manager rather than a caretaker, Pittman reflected on the past nine months in charge, and what he wants of the club moving forward in this exclusive conversation with KSL.com. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or where ever you get your podcasts. And don't forget to leave a rating or review on your way out.
Let's make one thing clear: Timpview junior safety JJ Tuha is not Jaren Hall. But the ESPN broadcast confused the Thunderbirds' strong safety for BYU's starting quarterback prior to the Cougars' 35-28 win over South Florida on Saturday night. How did it happen? And what does Tuha think about the moment? "It was really random. I wasn't expecting it at all," said Tuha, who has literal family (by marriage) on the BYU football team that is currently ranked No. 13 nationally in the latest AP Top 25. Listen to the complete conversation between KSL.com podcast host Sean Walker, Tuha and his dad Jeff as they recount one of the more memorable 24 hours in the longtime Cougar-blooded family's recent history.
Premier Lacrosse League co-founder and Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil joins the show to talk about the PLL quarterfinals, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium (NBC and NBC Sports Network) one year after hosting a wildly successful "bubble tournament" at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman.
BYU head coach Kalani Sitake, offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick and assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and safeties coach Ed Lamb spoke with the media after the Cougars' first scrimmage of fall camp, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 in Provo.
BYU unveiled a groundbreaking partnership with Built Brands, LLC, an American Fork-based business that specializes in protein bars and energy supplements. The local company inked an individual sponsorship with each player, but specifically sponsored the Cougars' walk-on football players to endorse their product through practice gear, product placement and social media, in exchange for a year's worth of tuition for each player. Did the first-of-its-kind deal change the game in the wild, wild west of name, image and likeness?
The Campus Report podcast is back to talk about BYU football and the first week of training camp for the 2021 season. One thing that stands out: Just how deep is the Cougars' wide receiver room? Between Gunner Romney, Neil Pau'u and Pac-12 transfers Puka Nacua and Samson Nacua, could this be the deepest wide receiver group in head coach Kalani Sitake's tenure? Sean talks to the Nacua brothers to see just how good the gang could be. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or where ever else you get your podcasts. And don't forget to leave a rating and review.
Utah Valley athletic director Jared Sumsion introduces the fifth head coach of Utah Valley University's baseball program, Eddie Smith, who most recently was the hitting coach at LSU. Smith will succeed longtime head coach Eric Madsen as soon as the Tigers wrap up their postseason, which begins this weekend in the NCAA's Eugene (Ore.) Regional. Full story available here.
Alex Barcello spoke with local media Friday night, May 28, to discuss his reasons for delaying his professional career another year and returning for a second senior season with BYU basketball and his goals for the 2021-22 season — as well as the most important thing: his recent engagement to longtime girlfriend Zoe Simpson. Read more at KSL.com.
BYU forward Gideon George met with the media following his 19-point, 13-rebound effort in a 105-60 win at Portland — a game where he singlehandedly outrebounded the Pilots. The Cougars will face No. 1 Gonzaga on Monday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. MT on ESPN. #BYUhoops
Former BYU safety Daniel Sorensen, a seventh-year safety with the Kansas City Chiefs with a knack for making big plays, meets with members of the media, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 ahead of Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.
Dixie State coach Paul Peterson sat down to talk about the first day of the FCS spring football season, the Trailblazers' first formal practice as a Division I team, and what a move to the Western Athletic Conference will do for Utah's newest Division I college football program.
BYU's new passing game coordinator won't be moving far, as the university has promoted wide receivers coach Fesi Sitake to the new role. The former Weber State offensive coordinator will keep his positional coaching responsibilities, as well.
There was no need for introductions, name tags or even an opening statement, as Aaron Roderick met with the local media after his promotion to offensive coordinator at BYU. He's already plenty well known. So, too, is the offensive system he's keeping in Provo after Jeff Grimes' departure for Baylor. (Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News)
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson meets with members of the media, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 to discuss the nearly three-week gap between the Cougars' games with Navy and Troy, self isolations on the football team, and his recent bout with the coronavirus.
BYU offensive lineman James Empey addressed the media, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 about the Cougars' decision to postpone the upcoming game against Army due to a "small number" of positive tests for COVID-19 found within the BYU football program.
BYU defensive back Troy Warner addressed the media, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 about the Cougars' decision to postpone the upcoming game against Army due to a "small number" of positive tests for COVID-19 found within the BYU football program.
BYU coach Kalani Sitake addressed the media, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 about the Cougars' decision to postpone the upcoming game against Army due to a "small number" of positive tests for COVID-19 found within the BYU football program.
U.S. Naval Academy head coach Ken Niumatalolo discussed the Midshipmen's replacement of the canceled Notre Dame game for the first time since 1927, and adding BYU to the Middies' schedule for the first time since 1989. Niumatalolo and BYU coach Kalani Sitake are two of the only Polynesian head coaches in college football, and both grew up in the same hometown of Laie, Hawaii. Cover image by AP Photo.
Jasen Ah You has been with BYU coach Kalani Sitake for five years, but his role is changing. The new executive coordinator of recruiting and player personnel will oversee BYU's efforts to land prospects, but also help integrate them into the unique academic, spiritual and cultural environment on the Provo campus of the flagship educational institution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Listen to Ah You describe his new role and his lifelong relationship with BYU in this 40-minute question-and-answer session with the local media Monday, May 11, 2020 from his home in Utah. Subscribe the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Spotify, and leave a rating and review, while you're at it.
Colin Burke was among the first graduate transfers to play for Utah lacrosse since the school join NCAA Division I in 2019. He also made history this week, when the New York Lizards traded up to selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 Major League Lacrosse college draft. The former Fairfield star and Long Island native join the show to talk about his shortened season with the Utes due to COVID-19, and the chance to live out his dreams as a professional lacrosse player with the Lizards. Download the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or anywhere else you listen. Subscribe, rate and review today.
Sean sits down with BYU defensive back Troy Warner, the former four-star recruit and younger brother of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner, to discuss his recent graduation with a degree in exercise and wellness, sitting out the past season while recovering from a Lisfranc injury, and his wife Bailee's role as a nurse and working overnight shifts during a pandemic. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or any other platform, and don't forget to leave a rating and review.
Evan Cole is forging a new path. The Georgia Tech center will be a graduate transfer after earning his degree in business in May, and the 6-foot-10, 226-pound center has decided his final season of eligibility will come with head coach Mark Madsen and Utah Valley University. What attracted Cole to choose the Wolverines over offers from BYU, Boston College, Wichita State, Seton Hall, and others? And what will he bring once he's reunited with backcourt mate and fellow Georgian Colby Leifson? Evan joins the show to talk about all that, and more. Subscribe to the Campus Report on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or anywhere else you listen on your phone.
KSL.com's Sean Walker stepped away from the football field and the basketball court, and into the pool, to talk with BYU swimmer Josue Dominguez. The two-time BYU school record-holding breaststroker tuned in to talk about the abrupt cancelation of the NCAA championships due to COVID-19 and the even more shocking — and relieving — news about the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where Dominguez has qualified with a B-standard to represent his native country of the Dominican Republic. It's not the first time he's had to put his Olympic dreams on hold, either. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or anywhere else you get your podcasts. And don't forget to leave a rating and review.
You may have seen Cash Peterman's 61-yard field goal he booted in practice the day after he returned from a two-year church mission. Now listen to him talk about his "emotional roller coaster" as the church prepared to send him, and thousands of other full-time missionaries around the country, home early in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a Campus Report Extra from KSL.com. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or anywhere else you see it around the web. And don't forget to leave a rating or review.
Spring sports have been canceled, the athletes have been given another year of eligibility if they want to return, and the collegiate sports calendar turns its attention to the fall. But will there be a college football season to look forward to in the times of coronavirus? There's legitimate doubt, but no certainties. Let's talk through it. Later, Sean sits down with incoming cornerback Jaylon Vickers, who was one of the thousands of missionaries returned home by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after spending a year in New York City. The East High grad talks through his mission experience, how he stayed in shape while tracting homes, and when he might return to the defensive backfield at BYU. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or anywhere else you listen.
After just five matches, Major League Rugby cancelled the 2020 season due to concerns over the growing COVID-19 pandemic. A day after the cancellation, Utah Warriors first-year head coach Chris Latham and general manager Kimball Kjar joined KSL's Sean Walker to discuss the news, the abrupt cancellation, and what it means for the Warriors — for the 2021 season and beyond. (Cover art courtesy of Utah Warriors rugby club)
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe spoke with local media during his annual question-and-answer session, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 in the Marriott Center Annex. Holmoe spoke on the importance of ESPN in the school's football independence on the outset of a new 7-year contract with the Worldwide Leader in Sports, as well as the challenges and successes of a decade of independence and membership in the West Coast Conference.
BYU head coach Kalani Sitake, along with defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku and wide receiver Micah Simon, join Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich and players at the official pre-game press conference before the 2019 SoFi Hawaii Bowl, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
BYU basketball coach Mark Pope sat down with a small group of reporters Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 in the Marriott Center Annex to talk about the Cougars' recent preseason trip to Italy, the emergence of leadership after Yoeli Childs' 9-game suspension, Zac Seljaas' foot injury, and incoming transfers like Arizona's Alex Barcello. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or any other podcatcher.
BYU head coach Kalani Sitake speaks with the media after the Cougars' first scrimmage of fall camp, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 in Provo, Utah. The fourth-year head coach was impressed by the running backs, especially South Carolina transfer Ty'Son Williams, and the overall state of the run game headed into the 2019 season.
New BYU offensive line coach Eric Mateos is brand new in Provo, but already hitting the ground running during spring football -- and catching up with the local media. Listen to his interview with Campus Report host Sean Walker and several other media after the Cougars' first day of spring football.
Sean caught up with Orem star wide receiver Puka Nacua right after he made his official pledge to coach Chris Peterson and the University of Washington, then talked to former BYU wide out Ross Apo -- now Nacua's personal trainer -- on what the Huskies can expect from Utah's No. 1 recruit. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, etc., and leave a rating and review. It helps spread the word.
Sean Walker collaborates with Jake Hatch of the "Locked on Cougars" podcast to break down BYU's 18-player signing class of 2019, as well as 18 returned missionaries that head coach Kalani Sitake will welcome back for the 2019 season. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and anywhere else you catch pods.
Hema, Zak and Sean queue up the midnight oil to discuss the low-scoring Super Bowl LIII, wonder if it is time for Tom Brady to call it a career, and remember their favorite moments of the Big Game -- at halftime and during commercial breaks. Subscribe, rate and review, where ever you get podcasts. It really helps us out.
Hema, Zak and Sean convene an emergency podcast to determine if Rudy Gobert was robbed of #NBAAllStar status, whether BYU has a chance against No. 6 Gonzaga, slice and dice Tom Holmoes comments about BYU football coach Kalani Sitake, and preview Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and Rams. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and so forth, and leave a rating and review.
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe held his annual question-and-answer session with local media, Jan. 30, 2019, fielding topics such as the state of the football program, the 2019 schedule, and the appeals process of the NCAA's sanctions levied against the men's basketball program.
Hema, Zak and Sean reunite during the After Hours Shutdown of 2019 to talk about why Rudy Gobert deserves to be an all-star, why Joe Ingles doesn't want to be an all-star, and why "A Star is Born" was robbed by the Academy (according to Zak in an epic Hollywood-related rant). Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or your favorite pod-catcher, and don't forget to leave a rating and a review. It helps grow the base.
New year, new pod, who dis? Hema, Zak and Sean reunited for the first time in 2019 as they look back at Clemson-Alabama, Episode 4: A New Trevor Lawrence, then turn their attention to basketball season -- where Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz might be busting out of their first-half slump to make a run at the playoffs. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or where ever you get you listen.
While Zak tended to his in-laws on New Year's Eve, Hema and Sean took a look back at the year in the Real Salt Lake organization, which welcomed a new franchise (Utah Royals FC) under its umbrella, made it back to the MLS Cup playoffs, and had a Rookie of the Year winner in Corey Baird. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or where ever else you listen to high-quality sports broadcasting.
Hema, Zak and Sean look back on the 2018 calendar year of the Utah Jazz, which many expected to be downhill, but thanks to the emergence of rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell, has been anything-but. Of course, credit has to go to Rudy Gobert (#DPOY), the return of Kyle Korver, and the magician that is Dennis Lindsey. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or anywhere else you listen.
Hema, Zak and Sean recap the year in BYU sports, which began with a big, big, big win in Wisconsin, went to a QB change to a freshman, to a Final Four run in volleyball, and finished with a massive NCAA beatdown on the men's basketball program.
Hema, Sean and Zak reunite to look back on the 2018 year in University of Utah athletics, a year when the Utes (finally) broke through and won the Pac-12 South in football, Chris Hill retired as athletics director, and Troy Taylor became the latest offensive coordinator to move on after a shortened tenure.
Hema, Sean and Zak reunite to look back on the 2018 year in Utah State, arguably the most successful program in the Beehive State after finishing with an 11-2 record. The success led to the departure of head coach Matt Wells to Texas Tech, the return of former coach Gary Andersen to Logan, and became the second high-profile coaching change in Logan of the year -- joining new basketball coach Chris Smith.
Hema, Sean and Zak reunite to look back on the 2018 year in Utah sports, starting with the local preps scene. From Puka Nacua to Farmington High to the last year of Region 4 before it was rebuilt bigger and better, Utah high school sports had it all.
Hema, Zak and Sean reunite for a special edition of After Hours, before taking a look at the local college football bowl landscape. The gang answers the most important questions of bowl season, including: what is the best way to eat a potato? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and leave a rating and review.
Hema and Zak recap Utah's 10-3 loss to Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game, give some shout outs to the pride of Ogden - Weber State, and speculate on potential hires to replace Matt Wells in Logan. Follow us on Twitter, @kslsports, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. And don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and share the show with your friends.
Hema and Zak are back! It's been a few weeks, but the Afterhours podcast is back to talk BYU and Utah, Utah State's heartbreaker against Boise State, and a new segment - Adventures in Parenting. Follow us on Twitter, @kslsports, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. And don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and share the show with your friends.