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BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake was part of ESPN News’ coverage of the College football Playoff National Championship in the Coaches Film Room with a handful of other coaches.

During the conversation, Syracuse coach Dino Babers looked in Sitake’s direction and said, “Lot easier to protect when those offensive linemen are a little bit older than everybody else,” before bursting into laughter.

Amidst the laughter from the other coaches, Sitake fired back with a quick response, as seen in this video shared on @LukeTheSaint’s Twitter page.

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Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press looked at the play of former BYU Cougar Ziggy Ansah in big games heading into the Detroit Lions’ playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

After talking about Ansah’s play of late after a slow start, Pasche wrote, “The Lions defensive end could make a huge difference in the Lions’ wild-card game at Seattle when the defense tries to contain quarterback Russell Wilson.”

She then quoted Ansah talking about how the Lions where successful when the two teams met in 2015 in a game where he finished with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He said, “It was just executing, we just came out there to play as hard as we can and we were just executing the plays.”

Jazz won’t give up on keeping Gordon Hayward

Sean Deveney of Sporting News broke down how all the Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics talk started and what it means in free agency.

After looking at Hayward’s connection to Boston coach Brad Stevens and Hayward’s first foray into free agency, Deveney wrote, “To date, at least, the Hayward-to-Boston story has been more myth than reality. But the Celtics will have their best shot at him in the coming months, with Hayward hitting unrestricted free agency this summer and Boston easily able to clear enough cap room to make him a max offer.”

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Yardbarker’s Shiloh Carder looked at the players who helped their NFL Draft chances in the bowl games, and BYU running back Jamaal Williams made the list.

After talking about Williams’ big stats against Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl, Carder wrote, “He’s not going to be a high-round pick, but can be someone who sticks in the NFL. He runs hard, breaks tackles and has a nose for the end zone.”

No Wasatch Cup

Just three years after the Utes and Cougars put the football rivalry on hold, it appears the rugby teams have done the same.

Pat Clifton of Rugby Today shared the news that Wasatch Cup will not be played in 2017.

He wrote, “One of the more decorated rivalries in all of college rugby will not be played in 2016/2017, as Utah and Brigham Young will not be renewing the Wasatch Cup in 2017. The game was typically a sellout and often streamed, with a massive traveling trophy going to the victor.”

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