About BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL
BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL was launched in January 2011, but its origins go back much longer. Twenty years to be exact.
Scott Rappleye would sit in church on Sundays in the fall of 1990 and on the back of the Sacrament Meeting program write an article about the previous day's BYU football game. A few years later, he started a work focused on the best individual players in BYU football history.
As the years past, Scott's focus moved on to other interests. However, in 2008 his love of BYU football and passion for writing were reunited. The national spotlight was on BYU as the team most expected to bust the BCS. The early part of that season included the controversy at Washington over a celebration penalty and blocked extra point that preserved a Cougar victory. That was followed up by the 59-0 win over UCLA.
The attention BYU received in the media at this time was good and bad. Fighting to defend his beloved Cougars, Scott started writing very lengthy letters to national media members like Stewart Mandel at SI.com and Terry Bowden of Yahoo! Sports.
Feeling that these letters were just the tip of the iceberg, Scott made plans to start his own college football blog the next season. In 2009, he launched College Football Haven. Scott soon realized that as much as he loved college football, what he really enjoyed was writing about BYU football.
That led to Scott starting a new blog: BYU Football Talk in February 2010. By the end of that calendar year, Scott was informed that his site name and URL infringed on the school's rights to the use of "BYU" and he needed to find a new name.
That led to the current name BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL being used in January 2011.
Since that time, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL has continually expanded its coverage of BYU football in an effort to provide the ultimate fan experience for BYU followers. Cougar fans have taken notice. Site visitors come from over 110 countries around the world on all six inhabited continents. In two and a half years, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL had almost half a million page views.
The quality work at BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL has been recognized by more than just Cougar fans. FoxSports.com has featured BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL articles on its college football home page multiple times. The very well known and well respected college football guru Phil Steele has published many BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL articles on his BYU blog.
BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL has been approached by other entities and formed partnerships with them to help promote BYU football to their national audiences. These entities include College Football Zealots, The Saturday Edge, and The Unofficial Home of Notre Dame Football.
Such growth and notoriety has led to BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL growing from just a one man show to the work of a true team. Below are brief profiles of all the current contributors to the site.
I am a native of Hanna City, Illinois in America’s heartland where my love of sports was cultivated in little-league baseball, high school basketball championships, and fantasy sports. Eventually, my skills on the playing field were eclipsed by my contemporaries and I realized that I have an aptitude for communications so I embarked on my sports writing/commentating career.
Starting in middle school and junior high I entered the sports commentating realm early by way of heart-stopping recess basketball matchups. In high school I wrote for the school newspaper and pioneered our school’s first broadcasting program with my best friend. It was during basketball broadcasting halftime analyses and lunch table sports debates that I developed my love of sports writing and analysis.
Currently I am a junior studying Public Relations at Brigham Young University with a minor in business management. I am also active in BYU’s chapter of the PRSSA and write for the chapter newsletter the Pitch. I also enjoy writing, recording and performing music as well as reading biographies and various outdoor activities. While my favorite sport has always been baseball, following the Cougars caused me to catch gridiron fever!
Favorite Sports Teams:
MLB: Houston Astros
NFL: Houston Texans
NBA: Chicago Bulls
NCAA: BYU Cougars!
Neal is a long time fan of BYU sports and grew-up watching BYU football. He became a BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL contributor in 2011. Neal is currently a student majoring in History at Utah Valley University, and brings his patient, critical-thinking skills to his game analysis. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Virginia Richmond Mission from 2006-2008, and he is now married to the lovely McKall Rappleye.
In addition to building BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL, Scott covered BYU football for College Football News in the spring of 2010, and for Isportsweb from Fall 2009 to Summer 2010. An article he wrote for Isportsweb in January 2010 was featured as FoxSports.com's college football blog of the day. He has also been a contributor to DeseretNews.com and KSL.com.
Scott graduated from BYU in 2005. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission from 1999-2001. He is now married and has five daughters.