"He is a natural fit," Reynolds said. "He is from there and knows all the high school coaches and the main cogs in the wheel over there. I think he will do a great job. And I think that it's a real natural fit. He will just be great for them. … He has always wanted to do it, and do it over there in front of his own people, his hometown, so to speak. It's a great hire."
On track to get back
Hard to believe, but it appears that receiver O'Neill Chambers, who was booted off the team more than a year ago, will last with the program longer than Jake Heaps. Chambers watched practice on Wednesday, and greeted dozens of players and coaches who had gathered for a team picture. Coach Bronco Mendenhall said Chambers is still working toward rejoining the team but that it hasn't been decided yet whether he will play safety or receiver if and when he returns.
"I keep really close tabs on O'Neill. He's doing well, he's maturing, and growing in a lot of different ways. Really, the whole decision of removing football [last year] was to help him to find who he is without it. I think he is making a lot of progress," Mendenhall said. "There's a chance he can rejoin us in January. Again, still as a walk-on and still earning his stripes. But he is on track to do that."
The Cougars will practice again on Thursday and Friday before taking the weekend off for Christmas. They will leave for Texas on Monday and practice there that evening. … Mendenhall can join Georgia's Mark Richt and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops as the only coaches in college football with five 10-win seasons in their first seven seasons.
Armed Forces Bowl BYU vs. Tulsa
P At Gerald J. Ford Stadium, DallasDec. 30, 10 a.m.
TV • ESPN