BYU football players and coaches talk 2018 at media day 05

BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki speaks at the State of the Program during the team's media day at the BYU Broadcasting Building on Friday, June 22, 2018, in Provo.

Overrated: Will BYU get a new ESPN contract?

This question could easily be the first one answered, since it won’t be surprising for the Cougars to start Media Day with a splashy TV deal announcement.

Even if it remains unconfirmed, neither BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe nor ESPN seem to be indicating a desire to part ways. The Cougars provide flexibility for the broadcasting giant while ESPN gives BYU security in terms of scheduling and bowl prospects.

Everyone should expect that to continue and not get too worried about the future.

Underrated: How does having support across the country benefit Cougar football?

Sometimes diehard BYU fans, particularly those living along the Wasatch front, lose some perspective when it comes to what Cougar football means to supporters throughout the country and the world.

Many travel long distances to get to the closest games possible, giving BYU a formidable road presence wherever it travels. With trips to Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts and California on the slate in 2019, what type of energy does that broad support give the program?

Daily Herald sports reporter Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

Jared is the BYU football reporter for the Daily Herald.

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