Provo, UT–BYUtv’s Jarom Jordan caught up with BYU head coach David Smyth on the eve of the Cougars releasing their 2013 schedule.
BYUtv: Coming off your program’s second national title last year your team graduated a number of players that included scrum half Shaun Davies, fly half Dylan Lubbe and fan favorite Mikey Su’a. How are you seeing this year’s team come together and who do you see stepping into the shoes of your many graduated All-Americans?
Smyth: Obviously, we’ll miss those young men who contributed greatly to the success of the BYU rugby program. We certainly wish them them well. College rugby presents you with these challenges on a yearly basis. We have a cycle where each year you have to rebuild, some years more so than others. So, here we are again, but we’ve been here before – we have other young men who will come through and grasp the opportunity. I’m confident that they will excel just as those who went before them did. Our job as coaches is to help them succeed in their new roles as expeditiously as possible.
BYUtv: Coming off your program’s second national title last year, BYU announced its departure from USA Rugby’s post-season play. Can you explain for the alumni and fans what that means?
Smyth: Simply put, it means we won’t be competing in the USAR playoffs. It’s not a decision we arrived at quickly or without looking at as many of the variables as we could.