BYU head coach Kalani Sitake celebrates a touchdown as BYU and USU play at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Sitake, several assistant coaches and players Matt Bushman and Isaiah Kaufusi spoke to fans Wednesday, May 13, 2020, via Zoom.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Coach heading into his fifth season says he is ‘confident’ that the Cougars will be ready and prepared whenever the 2020 college football season begins.

PROVO — If the 2020 college football season is played, BYU football coach Kalani Sitake said Wednesday that his Cougars will be as ready and prepared as any team in the country.

“Our players, I have a lot of confidence in them that they are out there working (during the pandemic) on their own,” Sitake said in a “Zoomin’ with the Cougs” segment that is part of the school’s virtual and social media celebration this week.

“Even throughout spring ball (which was canceled after six practices), we were accomplishing our goals,” Sitake said. “We were on the path of getting where we needed to be. I can honestly say the quarantine will not stop that from going forward.”

Sitake, offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes, defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki, tight end Matt Bushman and linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi participated in the 65-minute question-and-answer session on the Zoom video conferencing website.

Nobody was asked, or predicted, if the season will start Sept. 3 at Utah, as is scheduled, but all spoke optimistically about their expectations for a team that went 7-6 last year and fell 38-34 to Hawaii in a bowl game on Christmas Eve.

“Other places are panicking because they are worried about getting their guys training and getting them in shape,” Sitake said. “I feel really confident in what the guys are doing, and the responsibility that they hold themselves to and each other to. The love that they share with each other is amazing. The expectations that our fans have for these young men and our coaches, we are excited for.”

After he toyed with entering the NFL draft but decided to return, Bushman was asked what his hopes are for his final season in Provo.

“We are just tired of falling back into mediocre seasons,” Bushman said. “We want to be great. We want to be a program that stands out and is the best. So no matter what happens, we are hoping to get (to play) every game, and hoping to get all the fans there to be there with us and experience this great season. We are sick and tired of being mediocre and we want to be great and win some big-time football games and just play with the best.

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Pandemic won’t stop BYU football program from moving forward, coach Kalani Sitake tells fans in Zoom meeting

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