BYU AD Tom Holmoe and BYU football coach Kalani Sitake, shown here at a news conference on Dec. 21, 2015 when Sitake was named Bronco Mendenhall's successor, took to social media last week to talk about the status of the program in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BYU AD Tom Holmoe and BYU football coach Kalani Sitake, shown here at a news conference on Dec. 21, 2015, when Sitake was named Bronco Mendenhall’s successor, took to social media last week to talk about the status of the program in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. | Scott Winterton, Deseret News

Cougars’ athletic director spoke to fans Saturday in a three-minute “Take a Walk with Tom” video posted on Facebook and Instagram and said BYU remains vigilant even as the state begins allowing larger gatherings of people

PROVO — BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe took to social media on Saturday morning to assure BYU fans that the school and its coaches and student-athletes will act promptly when they are given the clearance to return to normal activities by government officials.

“So here we are — I got my mask. I took it off for this, but we are living in this COVID-land, and, at BYU and athletics, we are doing everything we can to be ready to go,” Holmoe said in a “Take a Walk with Tom” video production posted on Instagram and Facebook.

“All our Cougar teams, our coaches, our players, our student-athletes, our fans — we are going to be ready to go when they kick this thing back in,” Holmoe continued at the end of the three-minute video. “We are grateful to Gov. (Gary) Herbert, that he is opening up the state a little bit. We will follow all the regulations. But our kids are champing at the bit to get back and get ready for this season.

“We are going to play. I don’t know when, but we are going to play. And when we do it is going to be beautiful.”

Saturday was the first day that most of the state of Utah moved to the lower-risk “yellow” level of coronavirus safety measures, including Utah County where BYU is located.

“Everybody can’t wait to get back,” Holmoe concluded after reminiscing about BYU’s 1980 Holiday Bowl win over SMU, termed the “Miracle Bowl” in Provo because Jim McMahon threw a “Hail Mary” touchdown pass to Clay Brown as time expired. “Break out the blue. Rep the Y. Bring out Cosmo. Whatever it is you do on your Cougar Saturday is going to be glorious. So thank you so much for being with us. Loyal, strong and true forever and ever.”

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Tom Holmoe says BYU ‘will be ready’ when COVID-19 restrictions are eased, but provides no new details on status of football season

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