BYU, still hot and smart ...

(Re: March 3, 2013 BYU post  "Hot and Smart")

Just done watching the semifinal game between Penn State and BYU in Men’s Volleyball and BYU won (3-0) to advance to the Championship Game this Saturday (May 4th) at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.  BYU will play against UC Irvine, the defending champions.

BYU also plays in the National Championship game for Rugby on the same Saturday (re: last post).   BYU’s opponent will be UC Berkeley.   Go Cougars, let’s win both!!!
Also, this past weekend BYU won first place in the animation category for “Estefan” at the College Television Awards.  It is the 12th Student Emmy for BYU in the past 10 years.   Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Walt Disney Studios said this about BYU’s animation program:
Over the years, Pixar has worked with a lot of different universities around the country and hired people. One of the interesting things is, all of a sudden, in the past few years, we found that BYU has risen to the top.
BYU  has since been a hot spot for Pixar hiring and internships.

"Out of nowhere, B.Y.U. —— a Mormon university owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints —— has become a farm team for the country’s top animation studios and effects companies. Unlikely as it sounds, young Mormons are being sucked out of the middle of Utah and into the very centers of American pop-culture manufacturing."
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The Rugby team won its title game against UC Berkeley 27-24. It was an exciting game!  Jonny Linehan, a freshman from Auckland NZ - living up to the hype - scored the winning points for BYU with a drop kick with no time remaining.  Two national titles in a row for the Cougaruggers!  Kudos!

Unfortunately, for the Volleyball team, it was a disappointing loss.  The Anteaters of UC Irvine won the national title - two years in a row.  Congratulations to all the teams for exciting matches in the two sports.

2013 Champions
photo: DesNews

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