Upon joining the Pac-12, the Utes learned that the conference would not let them keep their traditional late-November game against BYU intact and insisted that they play a conference game then.
Mendenhall said it was "weird" being home without a football game to prepare for or play last weekend.
"I was able to get on a horse a couple times, which was fun," he said. "But it seemed like we should have been playing a game. So I wasn't used to it. I think that was maybe only the second time since I have been in Provo that we haven't played on Thanksgiving. … I did watch football, which was kind of weird. So it was anti-climactic. I didn't know quite what to do. I have to get in rhythm to figure out maybe how to be more productive over Thanksgiving. But I kind of laid around a lot."
No Big East news
Mendenhall said Monday he's doesn't know why talks between BYU and the Big East broke down last week. The Tribune reported last Tuesday that the Big East presented a "final offer" to the Cougars but that it was rejected because BYU wants to retain its home television rights, among other hangups.
"I am sure at some point maybe our administration will address that," Mendenhall said. "But I didn't really ask any other questions other than I told them I would trust their judgement whenever it got down to that point. I gave my input early, kind of gave [the media] an update. … And that was really when I bowed out. Again, I have trusted our administration to go with it from there."
BYU and Hawaii will meet for the 28th time, but the first time since 2002. The Cougars lead the series, 19-8. … Nine BYU players are from Hawaii, including starting safety Travis Uale and backup defensive linemen Graham Rowley and Simote Vea. … BYU is 4-0 against WAC teams this year.
BYU at Hawaii
P Saturday, 5:30 p.m. MST
TV • ESPN2