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LDS Tight End Will Turn Pro Early, May Be Selected in First Round
Todd Heap is the kind of guy who can make waves wherever he goes. Whether he's cliff-diving 75 feet into a pool of water or jumping into the NFL draft, you know he's going to make a splash. A resident of Arizona, Heap is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is widely recognized as one of the top prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. Along with North Carolina tight end Alge Crumpler, Heap is expected to be selected near the end of the first round or early in the second round.

RM Working Toward the Majors
Gary Johnson is spending the summer playing Double-A ball in Little Rock, Arkansas. While grateful for the opportunity to home his baseball skills, Johnson really wishes he was someplace else, namely Salt Lake City. Johnson, a returned missionary and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, would love to have a chance to play ball in Utah for the Anaheim Angels' new AAA farm club, the Stingers.

Sports: Kent Blasts Three Homers
LDS second baseman Jeff Kent hit three home runs last week to jump into the new baseball season in the same form he left it last Fall -- as an all-star and league MVP. Other Mormon players in the majors, however, didn't fare as well, nor did four of the five Mormon pro basketball players. The exception was Mark Madsen who had a strong week. Meanwhile, most Mormon golfers took the week off.

Young Selected for Induction to College Football Hall of Fame
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Chairman Jon F. Hanson and Honors Chairman Gene Gorrigan today announced the names of the 2001 Division IA College Football Hall of Fame inductees. Among the 15 former collegiate players and three head coaches, BYU All-American and NFL MVP Steve Young.

Shippen Steps Down; Judkins Named Head Women's Coach
President Merrill J. Bateman has announced BYUwomen's basketball head coach Trent Shippen has decided to step down as head coach. BYU has selected Jeff Judkins as the new head coach. Shippen will remain as an assistant coach under Judkins.

New Water Polo Coach Announced
Brigham Young University-Hawaii Athletic Director Randy Day announced April 11 that Aukai Ferguson has been hired to be the coach of the new men's water polo team. BYU-Hawaii will begin competing in water polo as a varsity sport beginning with the Fall 2001 season. Ferguson will begin recruiting players for the team immediately.

Cougars Reclaim Nation's Top Spot
Following back-to-back victories over previously top-ranked Hawaii, the BYU men's volleyball team regained the No. 1 spot in both the USA Today/AVCA Coaches' and Volleyball Magazine polls, earning all 16 first-place votes in the coaches' poll. After a two week absence, the Cougars return to the nation's top ranking marks the sixth week this season BYU has been ranked No. 1, earning the distinction of being the only team to spend more than two weeks as the nation's top-ranked team. UCLA, Hawaii and Long Beach State each spent two weeks at No. 1 earlier in the season.

KBYU-TV presents 'LaVell Edwards: Spirit of Cougar Football'
His career highlights are legion and legendary, including 57 collegiate wins (making him the 6th winningest coach in college football history), 20 conference championships, 22 bowl appearances, 13 top-25 finishes, two national Coach-of-the-Year honors and one national championship.

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