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SPOKANE, WA - FEBRUARY 28:  Corbin Kaufusi #44 and Tyler Haws #3 of the  BYU Cougars box out Domantas Sabonis #11 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs after a free throw in the second half of the game at McCarthey Athletic Center on February 28, 2015 in Spokane, Washington.  BYU defeated Gonzaga 73-70  (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
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BYU adds 6-foot-10 basketball player Corbin Kaufusi to football roster

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Corbin Kaufusi signed with BYU out of high school as a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman and then, as many BYU signees do, left for two years on his Morman mission. Kaufusi grew two inches during the course of his sabbatical and switched to basketball upon his return, where he appeared in 70 games as a freshman and sophomore, averaging 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

On Friday, Cougars basketball coach Dave Rose announced his 6-foot-10 center has re-joined the football team. Kaufusi will work out with both teams over the summer, focus on football beginning in August, and return to basketball at the conclusion of BYU’s football season.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play football at BYU,” Kaufusi said in a statement. “I’m really excited about what is happening with football. I’m looking forward to being coached by my dad and learning from him and my teammates. I’m grateful for the support of the basketball coaches as I pursue this opportunity.”

The story is rare, but there is precedent. In fact, Kaufusi used to share a breakfast table with someone who forged the same path he will now follow. Corbin’s brother Bronson Kaufusi, a 6-foot-7 defensive end, played one season for BYU’s basketball team and four on the gridiron. He graduated from BYU yesterday and hopes to hear his name called during next week’s NFL draft.

“We’re excited to welcome Corbin to the football program,” BYU football coach Kalani Sitake said. “He’s a versatile athlete with great size, and we’re looking forward to seeing him develop his abilities both on the football field and the basketball court here at BYU.”

Kaufusi will play on BYU’s defensive line and figures to be a valuable member of the Cougars’ field goal block team.

DB Jordan Preator indicates on Twitter he’s transferring from BYU

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Chris Harper #6 of the California Golden Bears is forced out of bounds by Jordan Preator #11 of the Brigham Young Cougars during the first quarter at California Memorial Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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In a rather cryptic social media missive, Jordan Preator has indicated his time at BYU has come to an end.

On that missive posted to his personal Twitter account Monday, Preator indicate that, yes, he’s transferring out of the Cougars football program.  According to said missive, however, Preator seemed to indicate that it wasn’t his decision to transfer.

Whether the Mormon school’s stringent honor code is part of the development remains to be seen.

The school has not yet updated Preator’s status with the football team.  For what it’s worth, the defensive back wasn’t listed on the two-deep depth chart released earlier in the day.

Preator, a rising redshirt junior, started six games the past two years, five in 2014 and one in 2015.  The safety/cornerback played in a total of 20 games, and was credited with two interceptions.

A potential landing spot for Preator might be Weber State.  In February, Preator’s younger brother, Parker Preator, signed with the FCS program as a transfer from the JUCO ranks.

Clemson is No. 1 in spring game attendance (for now)

Part of a record crowd of 50,500 watches Clemson's spring football game Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. (Ken Ruinard/Anderson Independent-Mail via AP)
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Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Clemson Tigers saw the largest crowd attend its spring game during the second weekend of April. With an estimated 50,000 fans coming out to see the defending ACC champs in action, Clemson narrowly edged division rival Florida State for the top spot in the early going of the spring football game attendance leader board.

If history is any indication, Clemson will not remain on top for very long unless Mother Nature gets involved. Ohio State set the record last year with nearly 100,000 coming out to see the defending national champions. Urban Meyer is hoping to cross the 100,000-fan barrier this year. Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska and Penn State are all traditionally big draws for spring football games as well, and they each have spring games still to be played.

When evaluating spring game attendance it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, every school handles the number differently. Some keep an actual count, while others merely give a rough estimate. Some do not even bother to keep track at all, which is why not every spring game attendance can be accounted for. Second, some spring games are held in a different venue than the football stadium. For example, Stanford held a spring scrimmage in a soccer stadium with a much smaller capacity. So take some of these numbers for what they are with all of that in mind.

Here are the most up-to-date spring game attendance numbers as of April 12, 2016 as provided by each school (note: schools with no attendance tracked are not included, as are schools that did not respond to College Football Talk via email on the subject);

  1. Clemson – 50,000
  2. Florida State – 49,913
  3. Florida – 46,000
  4. Auburn – 45,723 (read more about Auburn’s attendance)
  5. Oklahoma – 42,436
  6. Michigan – 35,000
  7. South Carolina – 32,916
  8. Texas A&M – 27,412
  9. BYU – 18,000
  10. Boise State – 6,100
  11. Colorado – 5,100
  12. UNLV – 2,800
  13. Stanford – 2,500
  14. Wake Forest – 2,100
  15. Nevada – 600
  16. Air Force – 500

All updates to this year’s spring game attendance database can be viewed HERE, and you can break the data down by conference.

Baylor adds BYU for home-and-home in 2021-22

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 5: Head coach Art Briles talks to his players from the sideline against the Texas Longhorns at McLane Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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Baylor, it appears, is finally coming around. At least, Baylor’s future version of itself is.

After years of dieting on cupcakes and mushrooms, the Bears have finally submitted to multiple bouts of arm twisting and agreed to schedule non-conference opponents with a snowball’s chance in Hades of coming within 40 points of them.

Baylor announced on Thursday a home-and-home series with BYU, coming in 2021-22. BYU will come to Waco on a to-be-determined date in 2021, with Baylor returning the favor in 2022.

This required a quick reversal of policy by the Big 12.

This, of course, proves scheduling mandates are worth the pixels they’re printed on, which is all well and good because the College Football Playoff never advocated for them, anyway.

Here is a listing of Baylor’s future non-conference schedules, via FBSchedules.com:

2016
Northwestern State
SMU
at Rice

2017
Liberty
UTSA
at Duke

2018
Abilene Christian
at UTSA
Duke

2019
UTSA
at Rice

2020
vs. Ole Miss (Houston)
Louisiana Tech
Incarnate Word

2021
at Louisiana Tech
Texas State
BYU

2022
Louisiana Tech
at Texas State
at BYU

2023
Texas State
Utah

2024
at Utah

Sudden death of brother forces Taysom Hill out of BYU spring game

PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Taysom Hill of the Brigham Young University Cougars wears the helmet with a flag integrated into the school logo in remembrance of 9/11 during a game against the University of Houston Cougars on September 11, 2014 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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An abrupt and unexpected — and absolutely tragic — family event forced Taysom Hill to forego BYU’s end-of-spring activities Saturday.

Earlier in the day, reports had surfaced that the quarterback had to leave the Cougars’ spring game to attend to a family matter/emergency/situation.  A short time later, the specifics behind the development emerged as, according to multiple reports, Hill’s 31-year-old brother, Dexter Hill, died suddenly at his home in Idaho.

As portrayed in this 2015 profile from the Salt Lake Tribune, Dexter Hill was the role model for his little brother in their formative years.  And, according to KSL.com, Dexter Hill was quite the quarterback himself.

The elder Hill was also a former quarterback standout at Pocatello’s Highland High and went on star at Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College, earning Western States Football League player of the year honors in 2004.

Dexter Hill threw for 2,300 yards and 19 touchdowns with just nine interceptions in 2004, when he led the Artichokes to a 9-2 record, a stunning upset of Snow College for the WSFL title, and a berth in the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

Hill also played briefly at Dixie State and Northern Iowa.

Suffice to say, the BYU football family has extended their thoughts out to their grieving teammate.

“Taysom’s going through something right now, and he knows that we’re all here for him,” BYU running back Jamaal Williams said. “We all love him, and anything he needs, we’re here for him. We’re his brothers, and if him and his family are having a hard time, we’re right behind him to support.

“We know Taysom wanted to be here with us. But he has to do what he has to do for his family, and we support him 100 percent.”

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Taysom, his family and all of those affected by Dexter Hill’s passing.